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Gordon Shumway
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February 12, 2020 - 4:05 am
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Gut strings are?

  • Hideous(80% : 4 votes)
  • The same as any other string(20% : 1 vote)
  • Fabulous(0% : 0 votes)
Total Voters: 5

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I have no experience of gut strings apart from having heard some and having heard my teacher's opinion of them, so I've answered as though I were she.

Andrew

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BillyG
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February 12, 2020 - 5:39 am
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🙂 @Gordon Shumway - at the moment, two votes, one for hideous and one for same as any other - just guessing at which is your teacher's opinion !!!

To return to the poll - sadly I have no experience at all of gut strings, so I'll duck out of responding!  The only gut I've ever met in my fiddle journey was the tail-gut (actual gut, that disintegrated like a stick of dried spaghetti when I was removing the tailpiece) on my old Chinese Skylark fiddle ! 

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Struggled with a nice set of Gamut pure gut (with a gut wound G) for a couple of days not too long ago.

I was truly able to make them sound droolinghideous dunno so that's what I voted.

Played by somewone who knows what they're doing, I imagine they can sound awesome!

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Jim Dunleavy
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I would have to vote 'different', but since that's not an option I'll just put it here.

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Never tried them though I have toyed with the idea. As I understand it they can be beyond finicky. Back when they were the only game in town you didn't have a choice in the matter.

There's a reason  they are much less used and I don't think it can all be credited to convenience.

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Peter
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My old fiddle came with a gut G on it; it sounded very soggy, somewhat like it had a lapping of cotton (who remembers DCC wire?). I still have it tucked away as a keepsake, never to see tension again.

Peter

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Fiddlerman
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March 12, 2020 - 10:34 am
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I too voted hideous since the other two choices didn't apply.
Also, gut is one thing while a gut core is another.

They don't work on my instrument though I used Eudoxa for a long time back when my orchestra paid for them.

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Gordon Shumway
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I asked because I know a violist who is keen on all things baroque, and he uses gut strings, but I heard him warming up the other day, and I couldn't hear a single note in tune (lol!). I mentioned it to my teacher and she squawked, "argh, no, gut is horrible!"

Andrew

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