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Which SIZE of Viola Strings can we help you find?

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We are constantly updating our strings, and we want to provide the strings that YOU need. If you aren't finding what you're looking for, please Contact Us, and we'll get your favorite brand up at a great price.

Which Strings Should I Buy?

You may want to talk to your teacher or ask a friend which brand or type of string they recommend, but read on for answers to commonly asked questions!

For more specific information, please see our blog post on Choosing the Right Strings.

1. Be sure that the SIZE of string that you purchase matches the size of your instrument (check the labels). The 11 inch is equal to the 1/4 size violin, 12 inch to 1/2 size, 13 inch to 3/4 size, and 14 inch to 4/4 size.

2. If you're not sure which THICKNESS or GAUGE to purchase, try Medium (sometimes called Mittel). If it's not labeled otherwise, it's probably a Medium.

3. Not sure which BRAND to start with? Find out what's on your instrument already, and go with those.  Or you can start with Thomastik-Infeld Dominant on D, G and C and a Jargar A.

4. Not sure whether to get the CHROMESTEEL, SILVER, GOLD, or ALLUMINUM? Check the price, and go from there. You may also have skin sensitivity issues (like with earrings), so take that into consideration. Most people aren't too picky. Gold wrapping generally wears out faster, but you can also get a special kind of sound. Bottom line, start with what you can afford, and then when you can, experiment to your hearts content.

5. Maybe you're trying to decide between STEEL, SYNTHETIC or GUT cores? Gut is generally a specialty string, preferred by some professionals for specific repertoire, but fairly temperamental if you're inexperienced at tuning. Synthetic is probably the most typical for an intermediate to advanced student who needs a little more range. Steel core is typically used for E strings and smaller instruments for beginners.