To find the right strings for your string instrument, we give a characteristic of the different types of strings here.
The plain gut string has the unmistakable delicate, slightly dampened, warm sound. It is now used mainly as an authentic stringing for baroque instruments.
The covered gut string brings just the right elasticity for today's sound expectancy and playing technique. It is characterized by a very noble and powerful tone, tonal beauty, charm and richness. The gut core is wound with various types of metal (usually silver and aluminum). But the strings are also sensitive to humidity and temperature changes.
The development of covered string was much more complicated and required many attempts. Also persuasion was necessary because the musicians were reluctant to switch to the metal string, although the thin e-gut string often broke.
Steel strings have consistently a very powerful sound and because of their good tuning stability and long life cycle they are often used by beginners. The variety of covered steel strings qualitatively offers a very wide range from students to soloists. For cellists and bassists it is the first choice. Large voluminous sound and durability characterize these strings.
CORELLI for cello double bass
D´ADDARIO Helicore for violinviolacellodouble bass
HILL E-string for violin
JARGAR for violinviolacello
LARSEN for cello
PIRASTRO Chromcor for violin viola cello
PIRASTRO Flat-Chromesteel for double bass
PIRASTRO Original Flat-Chrome for double bass
PIRASTRO Flexocor for violin cellodouble bass
PIRASTRO Original Flexocor for double bass
PIRASTRO Permanent for viola cellodouble bass
PIRASTRO Piranito for violinviolacello
PIRASTRO The Jazzer for double bass
THOMASTIK Spirocore for violinviolacellodouble bass
THOMASTIK Belcanto for violacellodouble bass
WESTMINSTER E-string for violin
Plastic strings are similar in sound to gut strings: soft, clear, homogeneous and rich in overtones. They give the play a vibrant, voluminous sound. They also keep good in tune and are very sensitive to humidity and temperature changes.
CORELLI Crystal for violinviola
LARSEN for violinviola
PIRASTRO Aricore for violin viola cello
PIRASTRO Synoxa for violin viola
PIRASTRO Tonica for violinviola
THOMASTIK Dominant violinviolacello
THOMASTIK Infeld red for violin
THOMASTIK Infeld blue for violin
THOMASTIK Peter Infeld for violin
The strings have a warm, brilliant, gut-like sound, a powerful tone volume, easy response, are easy to grip and extremely stable tuning. Especially among professional musicians they enjoy growing in popularity.
CORELLI Alliance Vivace for violinviola
D´ADDARIO Zyex for violinviola
PIRASTRO Evah Pirazzi for violinviolacello
PIRASTRO Obligato for violinviolacellodouble bass
PIRASTRO Violino for violin
PIRASTRO Wondertone Solo for violin
THOMASTIK Vision for violinviola
THOMASTIK Vision Titanium for violin
soft / medium / strog or: dolce / medium / forte or: light / medium / heavy.
The gauges have a special influence on the sound of the instrument. Although a light, thin string vibrates due to the lower mass stronger and longer, there is less energy passed on to bridge and instrument. This leads to a good response and long sustain, but also to a more gentle tone. Stronger strings with higher string tension produce a louder, richer tone height.
It is crucial to find out the appropriate individual strings or the optimum string tension for each instrument.
It is also quite recommendable to tune up or down some individual strings in order to make a more differentiated set selection.