The best available prices for strings, gold rosin and accessories for violins, violas & cellos

Fine Laubach Violins   with over thirty years experience in the dealing and restoration of fine Violins, Violas, Cello and Double Basses, placing me in a position to advise on almost every aspect of strings, cases and accessories.


Our expertise is based on professional knowledge and many years experience in all matters relating to the violin family instruments, strings, cases and accessories. We understand the technical needs of the musician, provide a fast efficient service and web wide competitive pricing.

Whether you're looking for violin strings, viola strings, strings for viola, cello strings, strings for cello, bass strings or strings for double bass, here you will find:

Our full line of strings for stringed instruments is separated according to the nature of the instrument and then separated by the string brand.

The different strengths of the strings can be found in the option selection by selecting the relevant product.

New for our customers from third party countries: Order exclusive of VAT


Export deliveries to third party countries (non EU-countries) are excluded of the German VAT (value added tax)

of 19%. If you live in one of these countries, you can directly order without VAT in our Onlinestore from now on.

Buy violin strings, viola strings, cello strings and rosin online at low prices with free international delivery on orders over € 181 value.

We at The Laubach- Shop have professional musicians as well as violin makers on our staff to advise you as to which strings will best suit your needs. We offer a full line of quality strings for violin, viola, cello and bass from Thomastik, Pirastro, D’Addario, Jargar and Larsen to name a few.

Laubach rosin and GOLD rosin for violin viola cello

   A Laubach Shop range of fine quality rosins of various hardness to suit most strings. A High quality violin, viola and cello Gold Rosin to suit the most demanding player.  Impregnated with real gold 999° dust for unsurpassed grip.

Violin Strings Pirastro

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Accessoires for stringed instruments

Frequently asked questions about the Laubach online music shop:


- Why should I order gold rosin online?


We produce our own rosin in small quantities, this way we can ensure the best possible quality and sound. Furthermore you are getting the rosin from the manufacturer at the best possible price without paying surcharges.


- Where can I buy cheap Pirastro strings for violins and violas?


As a violin manufacturer we have the most customer friendly prices available. We do not add any commissions since our main goal is to have only satisfied customers.


- What's special about the Laubach-Online-Music-Shop?


We specialize on Pirastro strings for stringed instruments (violins, violas, cellos) and their accessories only. Our whole attention is focused on the best and most used strings available: Evah Pirazzi, Obligato, Tonica, Passione, Evah Pirazzi Gold etc. which we use and recommend on our master class instruments.

The long-time experience shows that the best possible strings deliver an outstanding performance. 

Another great feature is the possibility to buy various product sets that contain diverse accessories for stringed instruments such as: Rosin, string sets, varnish and deep cleaners, polishing cloths.

Furthermore our online-shop offers special offers and discounts such as: Receive one additional silver E-string when purchasing a Evah Pirazzi string set.

Our customers also receive free samples of Laubach deep and varnish cleaners with each order.


We wish you a pleasant shopping experience in the Laubach-Online-Shop.



  1. Introduction for violin, viola or cello strings
  2. Installing Strings
  3. All-Metal or Steel-Core Strings
  4. Synthetic-Core Strings
  5. Gut-Core Strings
  6. A Final Note About Strings
  7. Buying Strings at Johnson String Instrument



  We are frequently asked to help players decide which brand of string they should use on their instrument. String choice is dictated by playing style and the instrument’s individual qualities. The best manner to choose the right string combination for an instrument is to consider what sound the player hears on the instrument, the brand or type of strings currently on the instrument, and the sound the player wants. For example, changing one or more strings can improve or change a part the instrument’s range. However, a string that works well with one instrument may not produce the best sound with another because its qualities will interplay with individual characteristics of the instrument and playing style.

  There are basically three types of strings: all-metal strings, synthetic-core strings and gut-core strings. (Pure-gut strings are rarely used on modern instruments and we don’t carry them).



     Most string players change their strings about every six months. Although the string may still appear to be in good shape, over months of playing, strings gradually lose their brilliance and responsiveness. Investing in new strings every six to eight months means that your instrument will consistently produce its best sound.

When you need to change an entire set of strings, do not remove all of the old ones at once. You will lose the proper placement of the bridge, and the lack of tension may cause the soundpost to fall down. Remove only one string at a time, keeping all the others up to pitch.            Tighten the string only up to pitch so as not to weaken the string. Thread the string through the hole in the peg, and wind it evenly from the center of the peg to the just before edge of the peg box. If relatively new string breaks after installation, take note of where the string broke. Your instrument may have developed a rough spot at the peg, the nut, or the fine tuner. Or, if the winding of the string is too close to the peg box wall, it may have been subject to sufficient stress to cause it to snap. Lubricating the grooves on the nut and bridge with a no. 2 pencil will reduce the chance of string breakage.

       If a peg keeps slipping, causing the string to go out of tune, remove the peg, and try putting a tiny bit of old fashioned school chalk on the parts of the peg that are shiny. This will create some traction. If the peg still keeps slipping, it may not fit properly and will need to be replaced. If a peg is too tight, try rubbing it with a bit of dry bar soap or peg compound, which is commercially available. Again, if this proves ineffective, take the instrument in to be looked at. Bear in mind that humidity has a significant impact on pegs. This may just be a seasonal headache that needs to be dealt with alternately depending on the time of the year.

Qualities of the most popular strings for VIOLINS, VIOLAS or CELLOS

All-metal strings  for VIOLINS, VIOLAS or CELLOS



All-metal strings, often called steel core, have a simple, bright, and well-focused sound. Their advantage is very quick response, a stable pitch and volume (lots of it!). The "down-side" of the all-metal string is a thin or edgy quality to the sound with few overtones and no real complexity. Country, folk and jazz musicians often prefer steel strings for their volume and pure, direct sound.




Thomastic – Spirocore  strings. A bright sounding string with some edge. They are especially popular with cellists who need a great deal of brilliance. The cello G and C tungsten are high-tension strings with a big sound. The silver G and C have less of an edge to their sound. Spirocore bass strings are the most popular with musicians who play mostly pizzicato.

Thomastik – Ropecore  strings. Dark, warm tone, recommended by Zeta for their electric violins. They can sound a bit dull on some instruments.

Pirastro – Chromcor strings. A bright string, excellent for inexpensive student instruments, especially of small size.

Pirastro – Chromcor Plus  strings. Available for cello in A and D and viola A. These strings have a more sophisticated sound than the regular Chromcor.

Pirastro – Permanent  strings. Available only as an A string for viola and cello. A high quality string with a warm sound, especially good when matched with gut strings.

D'Addario – Helicore  strings. This string has a warm sound, unusual for a steel core string. Cellists and violists especially like the G and C strings. Violinists who play electric instruments have taken to these strings. Although introduced fairly recently, the Helicore Orchestra bass strings are getting good reviews. Newly announced by D'Addario are additional Helicore bass strings. They are the Hybrid, Pizzicato and Solo. The Hybrid is for players who want both a good bowing response and a good pizzicato response. The Pizzicato is for the player who plays primarily or solely without a bow. The Solo is a version of the Orchestra string designed to be tuned a pitch up for solo work.

Jargar. These strings have been popular for many decades, especially with cellists who have made the Jarger A the string of choice. The G and C strings are also available with silver winding for a brighter, more brilliant sound. Jargers have a warm sound when compared to most other all-metal strings.

Larsen strings. These premium priced strings were introduced only a few years ago and have become popular with cellists for their pure, clear sound. The Larsen "Solo Edition" strings have a brighter, more brilliant sound. Available as A, D and G (tungsten) for cello and A for viola.

Prim strings. These inexpensive, bright strings have an edge to their sound that is popular with fiddlers and some cellists.

Supersensitive strings.. Low price and durability make these strings popular with many school systems.


Synthetic-Core Strings for VIOLINS, VIOLAS and CELLOS



   Synthetic-core strings, usually made from a type of nylon called perlon, have a rich, full quality and an easy, quick response. Although not as complex or subtle as gut-core strings, the synthetic-core brands still share many of the tonal qualities as gut strings. In addition, synthetic-core strings do not need to be tuned as often as gut-core, and stabilize after a day or two of stretching on the instrument.




  Thomastic – Dominant strings. The original synthetic core string, made with Perlon. Dominant strings are bright and responsive and are by far the most popular. When new, Dominant strings have a metallic edge, which fades after a few days of playing.

   Pirastro – Tonica strings. These strings are new on the market and have many excellent qualities. Brilliant like the   Dominants, Tonica strings have a fuller sound with more overtones and less edginess. The break-in time is very short and is reported to have a long life.

   Pirastro – Aricore strings. This was Pirastro 's first synthetic string. The sound is warm and mellow like the Eudoxa. The D, G and C are popular with a number of cellists who require a darker sound.

Pirastro – Synoxa strings. Very similar to the Dominant strings in brilliance. The cello G and C silver work well with a steel A and D like Jarger and Larsen.

   Corelli – Crystal strings. These strings are excellent for instruments with a very bright sound. They have a warm, full sound that can reduce the harshness of many bright instruments.

   Corelli – Alliance strings . These premium priced strings have a kevlar core. Their sound has more brilliance than the Corelli Crystal strings along with a richness and complexity. Alliance strings also seem to have a longer life than most other synthetic strings.

Gut Strings for VIOLINS, VIOLAS or CELLOS.

Gut Strings for VIOLINS, VIOLAS or CELLOS and Bass


 Gut-core strings tend to have the greatest richness and subtlety. Most often used by professional classical musicians, a gut string produces a warm sound, full of complexity with rich overtones. Gut strings are, however, prone to weather effects, must stretch on the instrument for almost a week and go out of tune frequently. They also don’t last as long as the metal or synthetic strings and are more expensive. Gut-strings are usually not used by beginning or intermediate players.


Pirastro – Olive and  Passione  strings. These premium strings have a brilliant sound with rich complex overtones and a relatively fast response. The Olive E is gold plated and has an unusually pure, clear and brilliant sound.

Pirastro – Eudoxa strings. One of the most popular of strings before the introduction of synthetic core strings, the Eudoxa has a warm, mellow sound with a slower response than the Olive or synthetic core strings. Great on some older instruments, they can be a bit dull on others.

Pirastro - Gold strings Label. An economy gut string with a sound mid way between the other Pirastro gut strings. Available only in medium gauges. The violin E string is popular for its brilliance.

A Final Note About Strings

Synthetic-Core Strings for VIOLINS, VIOLAS and CELLOS

    All of the E strings for violin and most of the favored A strings for viola and cello are all-metal. Otherwise, on violin and viola the synthetic-core strings are by far the most popular. (Some fiddle and folk players prefer the added volume of the all metal strings.) On cello, we see more variety in the type and brand of strings being used. While metal top (A&D) and synthetic bottom (G&C) combinations are quite popular, some cellists find they want the added brilliance or clarity they get from using metal strings across all four strings. And for all three instruments, some people just love the gut string sound and are willing to put up with its side effects.

Ultimately the only way to find out if a particular string or brand works on your instrument is to try it. If you would like any help deciding which strings to try next, please feel free to stop by or give us a call, and we will be happy to get you headed in the right direction.

© T. Laubach Bamberg, 28.08.2016