Would you agree that gut strings generally make the richest and warmest sound? Yes or no?
I thought you might enjoy discovering:
* the sound of a viola designed by Dmitry Badiarov
* performed by a wonderful musician Tomoe Badiarova… playing a solo viola for the first time in her life… normally she plays the violin
* an outstanding group known as Bremen Baroque Orchestra.
Note that the viola is a modern viola in a modern setup.
Nonetheless you probably noticed it has a very rich, warm sound that offsets nicely against the warm tone of this baroque band, which is what a string band playing gut strings would sound in the 18th century.
Video credit: BBO. http://www.bremer-barockorchester.de/