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Old 07-22-2014, 08:18 AM
jgeary jgeary is offline
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Default Thoughts on gut for the Alto

Hi all,
Just revisiting the idea of gut strings on an Alto. Maybe tuned to 415? I've long considered studying baroque cello - why not baroque "vertical viola?" I also play the viola da gamba, and I'm guessing that the string makers would consider making me an appropriate gut string? Or, as Bob says, when you change one thing you end up changing many other things as well?

I have a passion for early music - just not certain about investing in the gut. I tried gut on the D and the A a long while back, but these were not made specifically for an Alto violin, and I didn't care for them.

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Jill
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Old 10-06-2014, 02:09 AM
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Jill, just out of interest which gut strings did you try? Were they for tenor viola, which seems to be about the closest baroque instrument to the alto violin?

Evan
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Old 10-06-2014, 07:11 AM
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Hi Evan,
I'll have to check - I'm leaving town on Tuesday so it may take me awhile to find the strings. I was so hoping I could play the alto as a baroque alto/viola but imho I thought the gut sounded horrible. I might revisit the idea and have a professional baroque cellist play it just to see....

Sorry for any delay in responding - please jog my memory if I don't get back to you soonest.

Jill
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Old 10-16-2014, 02:47 AM
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Default Tenor viola gut strings

Thanks Jill. I was wondering if you were using tenor viola strings like those available at http://www.damianstrings.com/viola.htm. The vibrating length is for 40-43 cm as opposed to about 46 cm on my alto, which I imagine would probably be too much of a stretch (I don't have much experience with gut strings but believe they're prone to breakage anyway).

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