I love gut strings. Well, I should say I love the SOUND of gut strings. The expense, tuning instability, fragility, longevity…let’s just say there are reasons most people have moved to synthetic or steel core strings. And then you hear Steven Isserlis play the Schumann cello concerto on a combination of Pirastro Eudoxa and Oliv gut strings and you remember all of the class recordings you love featuring great musicians on great instruments and…gut strings.
So, I’ve ordered a full set of Eudoxa gut strings and plan to put them on an advanced-intermediate cello to play around with. If it’s been a while since you’ve played on gut strings (or never), schedule an appointment to come in and play this cello.
Just in case you didn’t know what I meant when I say “gut strings”, these are strings for violin-family instruments made from sheep gut (intestines) in the traditional way. One difference from the earliest gut strings is that most modern gut strings have an outer winding of some metal – aluminum and silver being favorites. This gives the string a more consistent response, allows them to be of comparatively smaller diameter, and increases their longevity.
This should be fun!