I have recently been trying pure gut strings, thanks to the many threads on the subject. I have started with Damian's strings.
So far, I am a total convert, including the E-strings. I don't care how long they last, the sound is heavenly (and LOUD. who'dathunkit?)
However, it really concerned me that fine-tuner are theoretically verbotten. Damian won't even discuss the possibility. I realized rather quickly that I still need fine-tuners with gut strings. Yes, they give a little bit more resolution in the peg, but not THAT much. At a minimum, I require tuners for the E and A, and those are the strings more prone to breaking.
I saw the "fishing line" solution, but that's pretty ugly. A last-ditch solution. I tried filing the edges of a standard (2 prong) fine tuner smooth, but sure enough the E cut through immediately, even when looped around it. The A survived for about a day.
Tried a medium E on a Hill mini fine-tuner (single prong) using a loop. Same thing, popped immediately. Ughh.
Then I had my brainstorm: Superglue.
I re-knotted the strings, and soaked the knot & loop in superglue. Let them dry for a good hour. Bingo, no problems.
At least with the Hill mini tuners, using the superglued loop, I have an E and A holding fin now for 24 hrs, and I've tuned them several times with the fine tuners.
I haven't tried this yet with the standard 2-prong tuner, but It should work, at least if looped over the prongs.
One other possible solution would be to pass the string through a tiny washer before installing it. That would act like a ball-end, so no actual gut would receive heavy pressure against the tuner itself. I will try that if the superglue eventually fails.
Anyway, worth a try if you dislike that "fishing line" look.
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