Strings for violin

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Choosing Violin Strings

    If you are in a place where the sound that you get out of your violin is important to you and when you want to get an instrument that is perfectly geared towards the sound that you want to produce, you will find that you are going to need to think about what the strings. There are many different types of string out there and when you are looking for the ones that will most suit you, there are a number of things that you need to be aware of.

     When you are thinking about different kinds of string, remember that you should consider the four main categories, these being steel, gut core strings, synthetic core strings, and a blend of gut and synthetic strings. Steel strings are the most common strings found on student instruments and in electric violins, and they respond very readily, but with a rather thin, flat sound. Many people feel that in a professional instrument, only an E string should made of steel.

     Violin strings made out of gut are typically made out of sheep intestine and they have been used for hundreds of years. They can create a wonderfully complex and varied sound and they were practically the only choice until synthetic string entered the market back in the seventies. The drawback to the sound that you get is that they need to be re-tuned constantly and their response is surprisingly slow.

     Synthetic violin strings seek to reproduce all of the advantages of gut, but with none of the drawback. They do need a few days to stretch, but then they will stay in tune for days at a time. They have a quick response and they can take a lot more bow pressure than natural gut can. This type of violin string is frequently the only choice for professional violinists, especially soloists. There are still different types of synthetic violin strings in development, but it is important to remember that newer is not always better.

      2008 saw the release of a combination string, with a gut covering and a synthetic core. These strings are so new that there does not seem to be a consensus as to their value. They do indeed seem to have the stability of a synthetic string and they do tend to have a warmth to the tone that synthetic strings lack.

      Take a moment to consider what your choices might be when you are thinking about violin strings. Always remember that changing a string means that the stability of your bridge is going to be disrupted. A bridge that is leaned too far can risk snapping or collapse, which in turn could cause the wood in the body of the violin to become damaged. Also, keep in mind that the true sound that you are likely to get out of string will take upwards of three or four days to show up.

     There is a lot to think about when you are considering violin strings, so make sure that you make an informed choice!

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