Two unrelated questions: (1) Tall chinrest / (2) Gut strings + finetuners?
(1) I’m searching for a tall side mounted chinrest. I’ve been using a Wittner Augsburg to its max height but it’s centered and I want something similar but side mounted.
(2) Can gut strings be used with finetuners? Could some of them bear them? I ask this because I’m sensitive to shrill sounds and would like to try gut strings.
(I’m playing a beginner Yamaha V5SA with 4 fine tuners, but don’t know if they can be easily ditched or not). Maybe it’s worth to wait until I get a better instrument.
Never tried it, but from what I understand gut strings stretch so much that fine tuners would not be worth while. However it won't hurt if they are there as long as you can fasten the strings to them.
Kreddle chinrest all the way. Comes as a side or centre mount and has adjustable height.
You may find fine tuners help you with the lower strings. The E string stretches too much. I say this for gut, I've all gut and was playing on a different violin for the last 3 or so weeks - the gut were in perfect tune when I opened it at orchestra yesterday! Of course, after 1/2 an hour of playing...
Miguel, you could take a look at the Extra tall Teka model at Fiddlershop https://fiddlershop.com/products/extra-tall-chinrest-teka-model
As much as it pains me to do so, I must agree with Cotton. The kreddle is a most revolutionary principle.
Agree with the suggestion to try Kreddle or SAS. There's also the Witttner Zuerich. It looks like the popular Guarneri model in that it's center-mounted, but the main chinrest is actually on the left side of the tailpiece. Perhaps instead of gut strings, how about warm synthetics? I've heard that the Pirastro Violino set and the Aricore are very dark/warm sounding. If you dislike shrill sounds under your ear, would an earplug help? I mean, it may not take away the shrillness but it can make the sound seem quieter in your ear.
SAS works for me. You won't need the fine tuners, but depending on the strings, you should be able to use the same tailpiece with gut to see if you like the gut before you commit to removing them or replacing the tailpiece. Essentially, what Timothy said.
I have the Wittner Zuerich and really like it. I did have some problems with it falling apart on me but tracked down the problem (assembler error).
Thank you everyone for answering.
The Kreddle does not move while you play. It is locked in place once you have found a comfortable position. The Kreddle is very adjustable so it takes a little time to settle on the optimum location for it, but it's a worthwhile process to go through.
Miguel, for the shrillness I'd ask your luthier to move the soundpost & strings fit for purpose here.
As a teenager I played for years with gut strings and fine tuners. There are finetuners specifically made for gut strings now too although I have no experiences with those. I think it works, it worked for me ... KIND OF! I still used a steel E, but the rest of the strings did break more often than synthetics and of course were a lot more prone to react to climate changes. I second trying really warm sounding synthetics. I’m a big fan of obligatos, because they do sound very simliar to guts imo. I know people say they don’t last that long, but I think they still last better than guts, and they can handle fine tuners for sure.
I use a Kreddle, and since I use it on the highest setting, it doesn't fit in my case, so I just keep the allen wrench in my case and remove the top and keep it with my rosin and then put it back on each time I play - It's easy.
I don’t know anything about this chinrest.
Thank you for your further explanations and suggestions.
Miguel, I think gut strings are great for all levels of players. They’ll teach you a lot especially about bowing.
Thank you, Nate. And just a last question: which kind of gut strings would you recommend? Eudoxas? Other Pirastro types? A different brand? Which gauge?
My pleasure Miguel! For silver wound gut I’d recommend either Pirastro Oliv or Eudoxa. The Oliv G is probably my all time favorite G. I would however avoid using the Oliv A (it has stability problems - Eudoxa A is much better in my opinion). I’d first start with a medium gauge, nothing extreme - that way you can see how your instrument likes it. Violins will all react differently to certain gauges. Gamut Strings in Minnesota makes the very best pure unwound sheep gut strings in my opinion. I’d highly recommend their strings if you want to try plain unwound gut. Be sure to get them with varnish if you choose to use plain gut - it will keep the pitch more stable especially during the summer months.
Just to add to above (Thanks Nate!) The varnish is optional-I personally leave it off my strings because it makes them a bit stiffer and throws off the pure sound to a small extent (they get a bright in a non-optimal way).
Another vote for plain Gamut strings - I have Toro strings coming in the mail so excited to try those too.
Thank you very much for taking your time to reply, Nate. I'll save your comments as a reference for my future string changes.
Got the Toro strings in the mail - enough length for two strings, do you guys have any suggestions for storage?
Gut strings generally resonate better with older antique instruments when historically that was all that was available. Factory violins are generally designed with less costly syhthetic strings in mind.