This is a single length gut core string with a silver-plated copper wire winding and a thin silk layer wound onto the core between the gut and wire. Because of the plating, the wire is left round so that you can feel the texture of the tops of the wire.
The tone is quick and bright.
The end of the string that goes into the tailpiece is knotted and there is a loop of gut on the end.
A new option is now available for the Academie line wound strings involving the silk under layer. This is a thin wrapping of silk that is wound around the core of the string before the wire is wound on. For many years we have been putting this under layer on the Academie strings in response to customer request, but awareness and knowledge of historical performance practice has progressed enough now so that we can offer this feature as an option. According to our research, it is unlikely that such an under layer would have been used on wound music strings before about 1900 and for those player who want to explore the true nature of historical strings we are now offering to make strings without this buffer layer. The effect of the under layer is to increase the internal damping in the string which gives the string a warmer tone. Without the under layer the tone of the string is brighter and has more of the lush, ravishing tone attributed to violin tone in historical times.