Are You Confused To Select a Strings? Let’s Check It Out . . .

Are You Confused To Select a Strings? Let’s Check It Out . . .

Many of us as musicians, violin students, parents of violin students and violin teachers are confused with so many brands and strings that circulate freely in the market. The price is so varied from tens of thousands Rupiah(IDR) per set (contents of 4 strings) to millions Rupiah(IDR) per set. What makes the price so different? What’s a good string? Is it certain that the strings that cost more would be better the sound quality?


The answer? Not necessarily. Because each string has its own character and a string can make the sound produced from the same violin can change significantly.

These characteristics can make subtle changes or drastic changes in quality, ease of violin to play, volume and response of the instrument itself. Because in this case, every instrument has its own character. A good strings attached to a violin may not sound good on another violin.

For hundreds of years, all the strings that were used for musical instruments were made from sheep’s intestines. In the 16th century, thicker and lower strings (G strings for violin) were wrapped in aluminum or silver. At the beginning of the 20th century, strings made of metal began to be introduced to the market because the strings with this material tend to be more stable sound accuracy and also its resistance aka not easy to break (E string with gut / sheep sheep easily broken). Then in the mid-20th century the strings made of nylon were introduced. The string made of nylon has many similarities with the string of gut string but the tone is more stable (not easy to fall so it must be yelled repeatedly). The most popular straw today among students is a string made of perlon (a type of nylon).

Gut Core Strings/ Sheep intestine strings

Many European classical musicians still choose to use this type of strings because of their warm voice, full of the complexities of overtone richness. Simply put, when we play the violin with this string, we can hear more than the tone of the instrument itself. 

The disadvantage is this string is very unstable alias very easy to fall and often become fals when played. For at least the first week after being installed, the violin will need frequent tuning. The response is slightly slower than the synthetic core strings. This string is also very sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity. Because of these characteristics, we do not recommend novice violinists to use this type of strings.

Steel core strings

This type of strings are created because of its predecessor characteristics of unstable gut core strings. Steel core string is for beginners because this type of string is very stable and not easy to fall even though this string has just been paired on the violin. The resulting sound is usually simple, clear but slightly thinner than gut core strings. Steel core strings are usually preferred by non -classical players especially for country music players as well as jazz musicians. In terms of price, this type of strings tend to be cheaper than synthetic core strings and gut core strings.

Synthetic Core Strings

Over the last 25 years, many professional musicians have gone from gut strings to synthetic core strings. The most widely used type of synthetic core strings is Perlon, a nylon-like material. This type of string has a character sound similar to gut strings but is more stable and generally responses faster. It does not need frequent yellowing because of the stability of its own strings. It is recommended for violin players who have studied violin for at least 5 years.

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