HOW TO CHOOSE A SET OF STRINGS
Choosing the right strings for your instrument and playing style can
be as hard as picking out the instrument! We have detailed some general
characteristic, but you may need to experiment with different brands, tensions,
or even mixed sets to get the perfect balance between your instrument and
||Beginners require a string that is durable, responsive and
stays in tune. The use of fine tuners on all four strings is
a necessity. The obvious choice would be a steel core string. On
smaller, or less resonant student violins, a brighter string such as the
Red Label has become the standard. D’Addario Prelude
strings offer a similar response with a string that is a little more mellow.
Professional violinists have long preferred the warm, rich tone
of quality gut strings. The complications with consistency, longevity
and price, along with the advent of modern synthetics, have steered most
players toward other alternatives.
||Synthetic or Perlon core strings, such as the Thomastik
Dominant, or D’Addario Pro*Arte' stings offer a tone
that is similar, but without many of the problems associated with gut strings.
The softer core, and lower tension of these strings usually allow a player
to tune using only the pegs, although a special “wide” fine tuner is available.
These strings are slow to respond on the average instrument, and are not
recommended for student use or on unresponsive instruments. The player
should be comfortable tuning the strings themselves, preferably by using
the pegs only.
||Many new synthetic core strings have come on the market recently. These strings offer the player more choices in selecting their optimum tone and playabilty options to suit the instrument and styels of music they play. Strings such as the new Vision strings by string-maker Thomastik/Infeld have a quick response and fast break-in time for demanding situations. These are an ideal string for a slow instrument, or for faster playing. Pirastro has several popular contrasting sets to choose from. Their Evah Pirazzi strings with a bright, clear tone and good projection are a perfect choice for a soloist. Obligato strings offer an extremely dark, rich tone that many players like. For players on a little more of a budget, Violino or Tonica strings, also from Pirastro, may be the perfect choice for a more complex tone upgrade. Zyex strings from D'Addario feature a new core that breaks in quickly, and have a rich tone.
||Hybrid strings are extremely popular for many reasons. Usually
constructed of multi-strands of steel or other metals, these strings
are much softer than a solid steel core. They have the advantage of staying
in tune better than gut or perlon, and having a better tone than the solid
steel core varieties. Although styles may vary, these strings sound good
on almost any instrument, often softening the tone of a “shrill” instrument,
or improving the response in a “dead” one.
(Superflex) strings are made by Thomastik and are bright
and responsive. This set includes a wound E which balances well
with the other wound strings in the set, but may fray early if the player
has rough fingers or nails.
D'Addario Helicore strings and Thomastik Spirocore strings can be great for taming a wild instrument, or mellowing out an old favorite. |
Many of these new materials are finding thier way into the development of new standards for violin E strings. Kaplan Solutions by D'Addario recently introduced a new "Non-Whistling" E String. Pirastro's #1 E string boasts similar claims. Both companies are maiking similar products for problem strings on Viola and Cello as well.
There are many other fine strings that we stock, but have not listed on this page. The experts at Nashville Violins can help you select the perfect strings for the needs of both you and your instrument!
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