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Violin Strings

Violin strings usually cost between $35-120 a set.  The more affordable sets tend toYasha Heifetz Violin Strings be made from 100% steel, while the more expensive (and greatly more popular) sets are most usually all made using the new synthetic technologies.  There are three basic violin string groups:

Steel, Gut and Synthetic Violin Strings
First, violin strings that made from steel tend to be on the lower end cost.  Steel strings are also mainly seen on cheaper rental violins (school instruments) because they hold so well over time and therefore will not have be replaced as often. Tonally, they are probably the last preferred string type for their tone.  "Hard", very little overtones or tonal complexity which also tend to be a little less resonsive, harder to respond.  They also tend to be the highest tension (in comparison to gut and synthetic) strings.

Gut Violin Strings

Gut violin strings have been around since the beginning.  They are less in tension than any other type of string (including synthetic and steel) and while you can get straight pure gut violin strings (Chorda), today many of the most popular strings combine a gut core, with some kind of softer metal alloy wrapping around the core.  The gut core gives the string less tension and an easier response.  Even with today's super rich technologies and 'know how", gut materials and violin strings made with gut have some potential drawbacks, which include drying out, or fraying (wearing out too fast).  Gut strings also break easier than the steel or synthetic type. Two very popular gut core strings are both by Pirastro, Passione and Solo Passione.  The regular Passione comes in several tensions and gauges, while the Solo Passione only come in one gauge.  Both sets are very popular.  They both use pure gut cores, with silver wrapping on the outside.

Synthetic Violin Strings

Synthetic violin strings are where all the technologies are focused on today.  The top, most popular brands are Evah Pirazzi, (in the green label), Evah Pirazzi Gold, Perpetual and from Thomastik, their most popular violin string is the Peter Infeld brand.   The idea of synthetic string is where the core is something other than a gut core or one of metal.  For Thomastik, they first invented Dominant violin strings using a Perlon core.  Perlon is a type of braided nylon which behaves and acts like a sensitive gut core (they stretch much the same while first installed), and have a lighter, less tension feel.  With the lower tension, they are so much more responsive than a steel and longer lasting than a gut core.  Wtih the different alloys available (tungsten, silver, chrome, platinum and tin), there are almost endless possibilities and choices for violin players today.

Even with so many late and new additions on the high-tech string market, still, one of hte most popular strings (and most expensive) are Pirastro's Olive strings.  Even while those these were THE string to have and play in the days of Jasha Heifetz, they are still imencely popular.  They have a warmth and response that only gut/metal combinations can achieve. 

Where to buy your violin strings and save money?  For the best prices (do shop and compare) find them always at http://www.violin-strings.com

For Evah Pirazzi synthetic violin strings, go to https://www.violin-strings.com/pirastro-evah-pirazzi-violin-strings/

There's also much to read about on this website.  A good family run business that beats them all with the best quality, cheaper combined sets and fast service.

For their Peter Infeld strings: https://www.violin-strings.com/peter-infeld-infeld-blue-and-infeld-red-violin-strings/

On the violin strings website, there are also some great articles on "Cheap Strings for Students"

Also a nice interesting page that shows what some of best violin soloists use on THEIR own violins:  https://www.violin-strings.com/string_faq/famous-violinsts-string-brand-choices/


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