|Table of Violin Gauges|
This is a double-length (120cm, 48”) treble gut string made with beef serosa available with either a natural or varnish finish. This gut string is available only in the natural color which varies from white to a pale straw hue.
Plain gut strings are available with a natural or varnish finish. Natural strings are hand-rubbed with a light oil. Varnished strings have three coats of finish before being hand polished with the oil. There is an additional charge for varnished strings. The string comes with plain, unknotted ends. Knots may be tied for you, and leather washers added for an additional charge.
The Academie violin e-1 and a-2 strings are supplied in what we refer to as "double-length." As it sounds, the string is long enough to get two usable lengths from it. This string is 48" (120cm) long and, when cut in two, 24" (60cm) long. This is enough length to tie a knot in the end and still have plenty of excess string to wrap around the peg. Depending on your instrument's string length, the position of the hole in the peg, and how many revolutions you like to have around the peg, you might need to cut the string even a little shorter. However, be careful not to cut it too short, as it might slip on the peg.
If you select the knot option, the string will come with knots tied on each end. You can cut the string in the middle and install as is your practice. Instructions on how to tie a string knot are on the back of each package.
Beef serosa has a higher tensile strength than does sheep gut, so this string is useful for instruments that require extra durability. If your instrument has a longer string length which puts it beyond the comfortable range for sheep gut strings, the beef gut would be a good choice for string selection as it will stand the strain a little better. Treble gut is processed to be a little harder than other kinds of gut, and it also has a lower twist of about 15 degrees to increase the strength.
Academie strings are manufactured in the USA by Gamut Music, a leader in the revival of early music strings and instruments. Gut strings are not intended to be used with fine tuners or string adjusters and those devices should be removed before installing the gut string on the instrument.