Tricolores put to the ultimate test
I just finished a series of concerts all around Warsaw, in all sorts of halls, churches and cathedrals. Some of these places were fine, but most were freezing cold and extremely humid (Polish cathedrals don't have central heating!). As you can imagine, my hands were both numb and sweaty.
Even moving, though, from a hot bus to a cold church and then back to a hot bus and back to another cold church, I only had to tune once before each performance (and that was really just to make sure). I couldn't feel my fingers, but my violin nonetheless stayed in tune and played with the same smooth tone.
My conclusion: anyone who says gut strings are unreliable or unstable is a crackpot. Unless they're talking about Chordas, which are a nightmare even in stable conditions.
I disagree about them being "crackpots"-but more innocently ignorant, passing on "common knowledge" from teachers/other players, or just had bad experiences with a few of the brands out there. Too many people simply believe all gut is gut, while that same standard is rarely applied to synthetics-where more "differences" are expected.
I'm currently trying out a set of Savarez gut strings, which are lighter tension than the Chordas I've been using for years. Comparing the two brands,
@Jose, thank you for that advice - I'll bear it mind when buying my next set.