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Micael, thank you for the info. It is good to know that a fine string manufacturer is going to be revitalized.
So far as I've heard and read, Aquila has found difficulty in producing gut strings beceause Mimmo uses gut of beef that suffers from BSE. Other manufacturers seem to use sheep gut, so I haven't seen or heard any similar announcements from them. I purchase gut strings from Kuerschner who I think uses sheep gut as well.
Akira. You might have difficulty buying the complete set because the plain Gut had been discontinued. Going by Mimmo's response to my email it seems that everything will be fine once plain Gut production has restarted.
Here is the info on the discontinuation of Gut & Silk "set":
I've been dealing with this shop for about two years and found it very reliable. The production of wound silk strings would be continued, but maybe you would have to make the "set" on your own. Let's hope that Aquila would continue to make the "bass set" at least. The gut strings are easy to purchase nowadays, so there should be no need to worry.
It's the production of Gut that has stopped. I don't think it has anything to do with the wound silk strings.
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According to mimmo production will start again around July.
No need to panic!
Thank you for sharing great example of the gut&silk strings, both in terms of performance and sound! I've downloaded and saved all of your videos.
It's a shame that Aquila is discontinuing Gut&Silk string sets. I've also heard that Kuerschner has discontinued wound-on-silk strings...
Thanks Rob. There's a wealth of stuff out there that most of us were only vaguely aware of - and you are letting us listen to it. A lot better than leafing through the scores . . .
Sor said his Opus 60 complemented his Method, in which he outlines his technique and approaches to interpretation. I've done my best to keep it in mind while playing these pieces. The glissandi in no. 22 are original.
I must say I've hardly had to tune these gut strings at all, after having them on for just a few days. Impressive, and no sign of wear and tear.
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