Aquila V twist --- what is it?
Was thinking about trying Aquila gut strings since they're cheaper and have some interesting features (half-rectified strings, Venice twist).
I heard the V twist gut is a roped gut like the Gamut pistoy string. But how exactly is it made? Does it really shrink so much that you have to buy a string 0.08 mm larger than what you want to achieve the correct tension after stretching?
Indeed, the strings must be ordered thicket-they are extremely flexible.
Cotton, some links here that may be useful:
Tequila with a twist? Where's mine?
You're too young to drink, Paul.
@Cotton Mather: The V string are similar, but one twisted strand if I recall correctly (not about to destroy one out of curiosity!)
I believe the Aquila strings are gauged for A = 415 or something in that ballpark.
@Cotton: The V is a double twist gut, twisted at almost an 80 degree angle. :)
I am interested in gut as well. How are they in terms of longevity wound gut and gamut alike? I've seen some sets that are rather expensive and then some that are not so much. What are the main differences between wound gut and gamut?
Also, seeing as Paganini's own E string is recorded at the medium standard of the day of E=0.7 mm un-stretched, the problem nowadays is the lighter less springy bows that hate gut, lack of real firm grip rosin and general dislike of any bow noise.
@Christian: Wound gut is mellow and rich but lacks the bounce and raw punch of plain.
What gauges of the eudoxa stiff would you recommend for each string? The heaviest one available? Would plain gut be something feasible for a college student or should I stay with wound gut? And are there ways to prolong the life of either wound or plain gut?
Also, where would you recommend getting eudoxas?
I recommend getting a set of heavy Tricolore strings as an introduction to gut.
I'm not bent on Eudoxas. They are just want a lot of people recommend after doing other research especially in terms of wound gut. Either those or Passione. Where would I get these Tricolore strings? As for the oil, how would I use it?
@Cotton: Corrected earlier post on the V type's manufacture.