I am in my second year of reenacting as a camp musician playing fiddle, minstral banjo & parlor guitar. I own a few fiddles including a French circa 1850's and German circa 1870's. They are all set up for fiddling with chin rest, Wittner tail piece & Helicore strings. I would like to convert one of my fiddles to a period correct instrument, no chin rest, wood tail piece with no fine tuners and gut strings. I have never used gut strings and would like some advise concerning them. I have been using Aquila Nygut strings on my banjo and love them. I heard they also make a fiddle string but can not find any info on them. I have also heard good things about Pirastro Chorda and Eudoxa strings. Any advise/suggestions concerning gut or nygut fiddle strings and sources for them would be greatly appreciated.
"Without music, there could be no army" Gen Robert E. Lee
Musician, 1st Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, Co.A