As a player of the viol da gamba I’ve used plain gut strings for several years. Recently I was curious to try them also on my primary instrument, the violin.
Up from the first tones I was amazed about the new tonal range these strings were offering and finally decided to keep it up with this setup. I decided for a plain gut D&A with wound G and steel E.
After reading previous threads about this topic I tried gut strings of Gamut. My question now is concerning how to find the best matching gauges. I tried the medium gauges (D 1.04mm, A 0,76mm, corresponds to 21 and 15 ¼ in the pirastro scale). The D-string seemed to perfectly match to my instrument and playing style, however, the A-string seemed to thin to me. I would really appreciate if those players using this type of setup could share their experience.
I also wonder what gauges have been used historically, i’d be particularly thrilled to know the gauges that Heifetz used. If anyone knows it would be great if it could be posted here.
The other question is what G and E string to use. After trying several I ended up with Eudoxa stiff G and Kaplan Spriral Solo E. Any better suggestions?
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