Posted by olivier on October 13, 2000 at 02:03:52:
In Reply to: got gut? posted by Az on October 11, 2000 at 15:23:49:
: does anybody use gut anymore?
: do they bow well?
: does it take awhile to break them in?
: what are some good brands to checkout?
: i need some info for i have a feeling this might be
: the sound im after
Gut strings remain the reference in term of sound, and are used by those who can afford them (above 200$ a set) and are willing to cope with their tendency to get out of tune when the ambient humidity changes.
They are said to be quite difficult to bow, but I think it's only for unwound gut. The brands are Oliv and Eudoxa by Pirastro, Gut Core by LaBella, and Kaplan (G & D only). You'll find some less well known, but highly skilled and specialized in gut, manuafacturers in the string section of Bob's page.
String manufacturers have made several attempts to replace the gut core by synthetic fiber (Sensicore, Dominant, and Obligato). The resulting strings were received with mixt feelings by bass players (I am happy with Obligato, they bow very well). They stay in tune and have a tone which is warmer (some say gut-like).
Peace, more than ever.
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