Guts, or something
Many of you have seen my post about my particularly... active perspiration, and the trouble I'm having with gut strings. I peeked around the world wide webnet and found very limited information about varnished violin guts. Mostly stuff pertaining to bass (which I guess is somewhat relevant, because I do play bass—but there ain't no way I'm dropping $500 on gut bass strings!), and not much in the way of in-depth explanations. So, if any of you have tried both varnished and unvarnished guts, please try to describe the difference between the two in as much painstaking detail as possible. Then if anyone asks about guts again in the distant future and it gets annoying to answer the same questions over and over, you can just link them back here.
Still gonna see if going super health-nut for a month has any effect on my sweat pH.
"going super health-nut"
Why wouldn't you go "super health nut" anyway?
Varnished works-just my experience. The tone is great, so even when you will most certainly find people that won't ever use varnished, I would wager that the difference between a wound gut A and a varnished pure gut A are MUCH bigger than between a same type of pure gut string, varnished vs unvarnished.
"Super health nut":
You could try chugging baking soda.
"I'm not into chi or homeopathy or chakra/ opening my third eye or any of that nonsense."
I have experimented A LOT with varnished and unvarnished strings over the last few months and here are my findings...
Is it feasible for someone to varnish his unplayed brand new gut strings? If it is feasible, what varnish would be used, and what would be the procedure?
Trevor, surely it would be less expensive in the long run to buy the pre-varnished ones.
Considering the difference between synthetic to wound gut to pure gut, I believe the unvarnished vs varnished factor in pure gut strings makes little difference, said varnish adding many practical advantages for minimal cost, thus why I see no reason to even try unvarnished gut. There must be differences, but the varnished strings do last for a LONG time without fraying or losing much tonal quality.
Regarding health options, with a name like Cotton Mather, you should avoid any Wicca practitioners. They talk and have long memories.
I'll make sure to stay away from black cats and shaggy old ladies in wizarding caps.
A dear friend has an extreme acidic sweat problem, and a new gut string changed in the morning might break that evening. Doesn't smoke, pretty normal, healthy person.