I guess using gut strings puts me in a rather small minority, but I think I may have a few allies in this cause here on v.com. If I'm not mistaken, Ilya, Buri and Kevin have all made mention of the subject.
Here (from another thread) is what I use, and why I use them. (I just recorded a CD of the Brahms d minor Sonata + short pieces with this stringing.) Do others like them as well??
Thick Eudoxa wound gut G, thick uncovered gut D & A, Wondertone Solo medium E. This is a stringing which was typical of the early twentieth century, but I don't use it because it is of that era, I use it because I love to play on them!
It would take some getting used to if one is switching from synthetic strings. The art of bowing gut strings is more demanding of the player (especially regarding accuracy of contact point), more based on awareness of the string's inertia, both in setting it into motion and in sensitively "escorting" it out of motion.
**I find the sonority to be richer in complex overtones, more projecting, and more resembling the ideal model of violin tone: the human voice. Even more than the quality of tone, the enormous possibilities for expressive nuance, is what draws me to gut strings.**
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