Here you can get violin strings from all well-known manufacturers such as PIRASTRO, THOMASTIK INFELD, LARSEN, JARGAR, CORELLI, D'ADDARIO, CORELLI etc..
Violin strings are usually available in different gauges. Some manufacturers use the terms "strong" or "dolce" to suggest that they are associated with a harder/louder or softer/quieter sound.
In fact, however, they only express the different string gauges. This changes the tension acting on the violin. Thin violin strings (dolce/soft) do not necessarily have a softer sound. On the contrary, they can sound brighter than thicker strings because the lower tension allows them to develop more overtones. Thus, medium or thick violin strings often sound softer than thin ones.
There is a wide variety of violin strings available today. Many manufacturers regularly launch new string models with new names without discontinuing the production of an older product. For musicians, this has the disadvantage of an often confusing market in the field of violin strings.
Basically, violin strings can be divided into 3 different categories, depending on the core material from which they are made.
1. the core of the violin strings is made of gut:
The difference is whether it is a pure non-wound or a wound gut string.
Pure gut strings are still regularly used today in original performance practice.
Wound gut strings are wound with various metals: Aluminium, silver and (silver-plated) copper.
Wound gut strings find many enthusiasts, not least because of their very beautiful and modulable timbre.
Renowned manufacturers of gut violin strings are, for example:
PIRASTRO with the brands GOLD, EUDOXA, OLIV, PASSIONE and CHORDA.
SAVAREZ can be found among the pure (gut) violin strings under the label CHD.
2. the core of the violin strings is made of synthetic material:
The type and material of the string core are often the result of many years of development work by violin string manufacturers.
A synthetic core can be solid or more like a rope.
In order to allow for different tonal variations of violin strings, a wide variety of synthetic materials are used.
The synthetic core of violin strings is always wound, and the materials are similar to those used for gut strings: Aluminium, silver and in addition chrome steel and various alloys.
Well-known manufacturers of synthetic violin strings are, for example:
The German manufacturer PIRASTRO with the violin string brands SYNOXA, TONICA, VIOLINO, OBLIGATO, EVAH PIRAZZI, EVAH PIRAZZI GOLD, PERPETUAL.
The Austrian manufacturer THOMASTIK INFELD with the violin strings - brands DOMINANT, VISION, VISION TITANIUM, PETER INFELD,INFELD RED and BLUE, TI and RONDO
The Danish manufacturer LARSEN with the violin strings - brands LARSEN , LARSEN TZIGANE, LARSEN VIRTUOSO, IL CANNONE
The Slovakian violin string manufacturer WARCHAL with the brands BRILLIANT, VINTAGE and AMBER
The French manufacturer SAVAREZ with the violin string brands CORELLI CRYSTAL, CORELLI ALLIANCE and CORELLI CANTIGA
The American violin string manufacturer D'ADDARIO with the string brands ZYEX and KAPLAN SOLUTIONS, ASCENTÉ, PRELUDE, HELICORE, KAPLAN VIVO and PRO ARTÉ.
3. the core of the violin strings is made of metal
As with synthetic strings, the core of violin strings is made of various metals and alloys and in various forms, e.g. as a solid or rope core. The metals used for winding violin strings are similar to those used for synthetic core strings.
Well-known manufacturers of violin strings with steel cores are, for example:
PIRASTRO with the violin string brands PIRANITO, CHROMCOR and FLEXOCOR.
THOMASTIK INFELD with the violin string brands SUPERFLEXIBLE, PRÄZISION and SPIROCORE
The Swedish violin string manufacturer PRIM with the homonymous brand name
The Danish manufacturer JARGAR with the brand JARGAR
The American manufacturer D'ADDARIO with the string brand HELICORE
The German violin string manufacturer WEIDLER with the brand NÜRNBERGER KÜNSTLERSAITE
The E violin strings of all manufacturers are a certain exception, because with the exception of the pure gut strings, these are generally always made of steel. This can be wound or coated with various metals such as silver, gold or platinum.
In our online shop you will find all the strings listed above, which can also be combined in many ways. You can often compensate for a "weak" sounding violin string on your instrument with a clever selection of alternative strings. Please feel free to take advantage of our advisory service in this regard. You should provide us with the following details:
1. size of the violin, e.g. 4/4 or 3/4 violin
2. violin strings you are currently using
3. deficits in sound, response, balance, etc.
4. what have you tried on the setup of the violin (bridge/ soundpost etc.) and when?
5. has the problem existed for a long time or did it suddenly appear?