Which SIZE of Violin Strings can we help you find?
We are constantly updating our selection of violin strings, and we want to provide you with the strings that you are looking for. If you aren't finding the strings you need, please Contact Us, and we'll get your favorite violin strings up at a great price.
Which Strings Should You Consider?
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 violin (check the label found inside the f-hole of your violin if you are not sure what size it is).
2. If you're not sure which THICKNESS or GAUGE of string to purchase, try Medium (sometimes called Mittel). If it's not labeled otherwise, you probably want to start with a Medium.
3. If you're deciding between a ball-end string or a loop-end string, look at the string already on your instrument. If it has a little ball at the end where it connects to the fine-tuner, get a ball-end (which fits two-pronged fine-tuners). If there's a loop (for one-pronged fine-tuners), get a loop-end string.
4. Not sure which brand of string to start with? Find out what's on your instrument already, or start with Thomastik-Infeld Dominant. You can experiment from there.
5. Not sure whether to get the CHROMESTEEL, SILVER, GOLD, or ALUMINUM strings? 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 heart's content.
6. 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.