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  1. You say you don't think you can leave your first finger down. You may have your wrist too far forward(bent). Straighten your wrist a little(very slight) for extra speed. (Then bend it more for deeper more fluid arm/elbow vibrato.)
  2. You want the gut to look somewhat transparent. The main thing is that if it has been sitting around somewhere dry, it could be brittle and break. So soak in oil, then salt it off where the bow will be playing. If it is wound, look where it is not or perhaps it came with an A that isn't. As far as sound, there is nothing sweeter than gut. They can sound great on a nasal instrument. Also, there is the twist, which you absolutely have to experience. I enjoy them in the morning, as the humidity in the air decreases. Steel and synthetic are better while it increases in the evening. I wouldn't leave gut on a gigging instrument though. You will find yourself tuning mid-song.
  3. Thanks for the replies! I play outside a lot, and that demands a LOT of tuning which is a disaster for some of these 20 minute pieces. And yes, the pegs are something I should consider more... Zyex looks great… one problem I have with dominants is they are too quiet, so that could be nice.
  4. Most of the information I read about strings, i.e. stringreview.com, do not say much in terms of responsiveness and how well the strings stay in tune. I have had enough trouble with gut strings staying in tune to disregard them entirely. Metalcore seem to stay in tune, but not as much as synthetics. Metalcores are not as responsive, but have a certain singing quality to the attack that can be very beautiful especially with a delayed vibrato. (metal core are also nice for balancing dark sounding instruments) Fastest Response: pro-arte and evah pirazzi. Staying in tune: Dominants. Opinions?
  5. Hello, I am looking to replace my fingerboard with a nicer, thiner fingerboard. As is, the fingerboard is too thick and the bridge has to be high. I see "gabor" ebony, but I cannot tell if they are properly planed with the dip and all. I do not want to plane a fingerboard. Much appreciated, Dave