Can I put Gut strings on my modern violin?  Yes, of course you can! …and I believe both your violin and your playing will get a big advantage from this. Gut strings in fact will reveal you a new voice. I am speaking about the paste of the voice as well as of course articulation and phrasing.  When (and

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How to use correctly a Micrometer.  There’s a common mistake about how to handle the Micrometer while measuring the string, and it can affect the result.  This is a very short video but it can make the difference!

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(Warning: don’t do this with wound strings!) Concerned about the short life of your strings? Do your strings get hairy in minutes in the summer? Your strings could last much longer, you need only some olive oil, and some time…. It may seem complicated, especially if you are always touring and you are never at home… but think for

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Listen to the sound of your strings before even using them! Described from Marin Mersenne in Harmonie Universelle (1636), this test is used by string-makers to check if the string is even or false, by watching if the fuse of the string is regular or not. But there’s something more for a sensible musician: try

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How to install correctly the string in the peg.(don’t do this with wound strings!) This is the most efficient way to stop the string in the peg. Try always to be as tidy as possible, as overlapped string could result in breaking the back of the pegbox if there is no enough space behind the

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How to make a professional loop knot to your string. This is the official pro technique. The one I use for my strings is slightly different: instead of the pencil I use my teeth to keep the loop open, more practical.

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