I’m considering getting a set of pure gut strings for my violin, and I had a couple questions for those of you who use/have used them.
I have used Evah Pirazzi strings for many years now. I’ve been fairly happy with them overall, but I don’t really like their response (the A and the E in particular), especially after the first month of playing them. They quickly become dull and lose their color. And for the amount of time they last, they’re rather expensive. Recently, I got to thinking that it would be a good idea to experiment with other strings. After researching it, I thought, what about pure gut strings?
I love the warm tone that they give, and I’m thinking maybe I should give them a try. I have heard that they are difficult to play on because of their different tension and response to bow pressure. Is this correct? Do they hold up for any length of time, or do you have to replace them often? Do they require extra care to stay in shape? Also, my understanding is that the top three strings come without ends on them, so that you have to tie them yourself. Is there a certain way I need to attach the E string to the prong on my fine tuner?
Lastly, what brand of strings would you recommend? I’m looking at Kurschner and Chorda. Do you have any preference, or other suggestions? What gauge do you prefer?
I’d appreciate any ideas you have for me! Thanks!
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