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Choosing the Right Set of Strings


For advancing players, or established players who want to try something different, there's a lot to consider when upgrading your set of strings: Where do you typically perform? Do you want a string set suited for solos or ensembles? Which string set will draw the most out of your particular playing style and instrument? This graph will help you navigate (almost) everything you should consider!

Projection: Next to each string set there's a graphic that indicates that set's level of projection. The levels of projection range from "Mild" to "Aggressive."

The X axis (horizontal) depicts the continuum between smooth and textured string sets. Textured sets are complex sounding with many colors and rich, resonating overtones. Smooth sets are very clear and focused. The tone is clean and straight. 

Direct/Subtle: The Y axis (vertical) depicts the continuum between direct and subtle string sets. A direct string set has a brilliant, distinct tone designed for soloists to cut through piano or orchestral textures. A subtle set doesn't overpower. They blend well and often have a dark undertone.

Click on any string set to check availabilites and prices, but you should aslo feel free to call our string experts for extra guidance!  

Choose Your Set of Strings! Red Label (Super-Sensitive) Overture Strings Prelude (D'Addario) Superflexible (Thomastik Infeld) Prim Steel Hill Jargar Strings Precision Strings (Thomastik Infeld) Spirocore (Thomastik Infeld) Chromcor Zyex Goldbrokat Overture Ultra Westmiister Strings Larsen Tzigane Crystal (Corelli) Pro Arte (D'Addario) Kaplan Golden Spiral (D'Addario) Universal No. 1 (Pirastro) Passione (Pirastro) Kaplan (D'Addario) Belcanto (Thomastik Infeld) Belcanto Gold (Thomastik Infeld) Eudoxa (Pirastro) Obligato (Pirastro) Wondertone Gold Label (Pirastro) Wondertone Gold Label (Pirastro) Olive (Pirastro) Viennese Melange (Thomastik Infeld) Piranito (Pirastro) Larsen Strings Evah Pirazzi Strings Vision Titanium Solo Tonica Vision Permanent Vision Solo Peter Infeld Red Strings Dominant Alliance Vivaci (Corelli) Helicore


This is so helpful! Thanks for posting.
Posted @ Thursday, July 12, 2012 9:31 AM by Alex
Very interesting. I do lots of street playing, and use the Overture strings for what I have believed to be the strong sound (as well as mechanical reliability). My experience exactly matches the "direct/smooth" depiction on the chart. I would trust the chart to select strings for other uses.
Posted @ Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:28 AM by K Bond
Great chart :) But violinists always something more... 
Is there any way to incorporate string tension in too? My violin does better with low-tension strings - but I also want a strong projection. 
[BTW the link to the Wondertones is not functioning] 
Posted @ Thursday, April 04, 2013 12:02 PM by elise
This is potentially extremely worthwhile, but I can't tell which instrument was considered for each set of strings; violin? viola? cello? For the cello, there's often a huge disparity in string performance between the A & D strings, vs the G & C strings, which is why so many cellists mix brands, 50/50. The composition of some strings is also different, by instrument. Lumping everything together seems confusing. Any way to split results out by instrument?
Posted @ Friday, April 05, 2013 6:46 AM by Bob
As I suggested on another thread here, the best way to select a string or set of strings is on one's own instrument. And a set of strings is too expensive to purchase "for a trial". It seems to me a very good way to get more customers into the store would be to offer a "trial set" of each of the strings. A potential purchaser might pay a deposit, refundable on purchase to try out a series of strings on their own instrument in the shop. When a satisfactory one is found, a new set is purchased, and the trial set is available for someone else to try. A set of trial strings can potentially be used by hundreds of musicians over the course of the string's lifetime. Shar would be unique with this system, and would certainly garner more string business.
Posted @ Monday, April 29, 2013 8:04 PM by bernhard muller
Where will you put Warchal Karneol, Warchal Brilliant, Warchal Armetyst on the chart?
Posted @ Saturday, June 08, 2013 11:21 AM by Septohadi
Hi Bob! We're actually creating separate charts for each instrument soon, and we're hoping to include common cello pairings. Thanks for the suggestions!
Posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 1:42 PM by Joseph Chapman
Hi Septohadi! Check out the newest version of the string chart for the Warchal brands. They're up now!
Posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 1:43 PM by Joseph Chapman
Great! Thanks so much! How about Larsen Soloist A&D and Magnacore G&C?
Posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 1:57 PM by Bob
We don't have those up yet... We're hoping to have a cello-specific string chart soon!
Posted @ Monday, August 18, 2014 2:01 PM by Joseph Chapman
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