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WHAT ARE THE BEST STRINGS FOR ME?
WHAT STRINGS SUITS MY INSTRUMENT THE BEST?
HOW DO I FIND MY IDEAL STRING SET?
The optimal string set depends on the player’s preference and playing style as well as the specific instrument characteristics. Different strings can highlight or hide some of an instrument’s qualities; therefore, the best string set can only be found via a personal journey of trying, preferably with the guidance of an experienced colleague or luthier. When you know your playing level and personal needs, we advise you to start with more generally used “all-round” products and then judge what detailed attributes you might want to go for: faster response, more focused sound, more brilliance, etc.SOUND SPECS
Do changes in frequency or vibrating string length affect the string tension?
For viola and bass strings, the vibrating string length must be considered since they often deviate from the most common constructions. The string tension increases quadratically with increasing string length and frequency, so this should be considered, especially for non-standard vibrating-string lengths. Only with unwound strings made of the same material, like plain carbon steel violin e-strings, do the diameter and strings tension go together. Because winding materials can have different specific densities, a wound string’s diameter does not give much information about its tension, just like the elastic feel of a string does not correlate with its real tension.
Which materials and tensions should I choose?
How does the string tension affect the sound and the instrument?
Why are different materials used in string production?
The core and winding materials influence important aspects of a string’s characteristic sound and bow response. But just as important is the string tension, which simply is the physical load your instrument must deal with. In our experience, a change in the tension of a single string can often significantly improve the sound of a set. With higher tension, you get more warmth and more powerful impression, but this does not necessarily allow more projection. The used materials are not the only factor influencing the sound, but there are some typical experiences. Silver-wound strings usually have a warmer, more refined, and colourful sound with a bit slower response than aluminium or nickel-wound strings. Spiral cores give greater elasticity, more powerful focus, and faster response than steel core strings, especially for the lower strings.
What is the string action, and why is it important?
The string action (the distance between string and fingerboard) also has a prominent influence on a string’s playing feel from low to high registers. It can be important since unwanted sounds could be produced by the contact of string and fingerboard—in such a case, we recommend consulting a luthier to modify and optimize the setup.
How do I measure vibrating string length?
What is the vibrating string length?
The vibrating string length is measured between the bridge to the nut of the instrument and is quite standardised for violin and cello. This measurement gives the length at which the open string vibrates.
How can I increase my strings’ lifespan?
Do I need to clean my strings?
How can I clean my strings?
How should I store my strings/instrument?
Strings don’t like extreme weather conditions, just like your instrument. If they are kept at room temperature with a relative humidity between 40 and 60%, they will stay fresh for a longer period. For silver-wound strings, a slight darkening can occur due to oxidation, which is purely a visual change with no loss in sound quality. Once the strings are on an instrument, we recommend avoiding cleaning chemicals containing alcohol since it can damage the instrument’s varnish. A microfibre cloth should suffice to keep the strings in good shape. Make sure that the strings don’t get hot or bent when you clean them.
How often should I change my strings?
Should the entire set be changed at the same time?
The degradation of strings is mostly gradual and often imperceptible. How often they should be changed depends on your playing style and the total playtime, age but also temperature, and humidity. If you feel like a string’s performance is diminishing, you should consider changing it soon (watch out for open harmonics, brilliance, bow response, or even mechanical damages). Playing too long on old strings can negatively impact your playing experience, making your life unnecessarily hard. To this end, it is helpful to make a note when you last changed your strings. If in doubt, it might be beneficial to change the strings - the difference is often quite evident immediately. For an ideal experience, we recommend changing the entire set at once (string by string). But it is also possible to change single strings, like e-strings on the violin, a-strings on the viola, or a- and d-strings on the cello.
What is the difference between the strings?
Describing and comparing sound just with words is quite a challenge, but we do provide a table to compare our products’ main characteristics. It’s not perfect, but it gives you an idea of what to go for.SOUND SPECS
Where can I find an authorized sales partner?
Where can I find further info on strings and string materials?
How do I wind up my strings correctly at the peg end?
What are the strings made of?
All Jargar Strings are made of high-performance materials, and through our meticulous endeavours, only strings of the highest quality leave our production facility. We use synthetic fibres, carbon steel wires, or steel ropes as core materials and numerous synthetics, metals, or alloys for the windings. Our production is state-of-the-art, facilitating the craft of handmaking strings with modern technology. This process we proudly call being old-fashioned in a modern way.
How do I change my strings?
How do I remove my strings?
Strings should only be changed one-by-one to always keep the instrument under tension, which also lets the bridge and soundpost stay in place. Before putting on the new string, you should coat the grooves on the nut and the bridge with graphite, ideally with a very soft pencil.
What strings do professionals use?
The most-recommended violin strings for advanced and professional violinists are Violin Superior and Evoke Violin, but these will depend on your violin and your style. For the less advanced musician, we recommend Young Talent. The most-recommended cello strings for advanced and professional cellists are the Cello Superior. Classic A and D or Special A and D are also recommended, but these will depend on your cello and your style. For fractional-sized cellos, we recommend Young Talent.
Where do I buy strings?
For viola and bass strings, the vibrating string length must be considered since they often deviate from the most common constructions. The string tension increases quadratically with increasing string length and frequency, so this should be considered, especially for non-standard vibrating-string lengths. Only with unwound strings made of the same material, like plain carbon steel violin e-strings, do the diameter and strings tension go together. Because winding materials can have different specific densities, a wound string’s diameter does not give much information about its tension, just like the elastic feel of a string does not correlate with its real tension.SHOP
How do I tune strings?
When you take your new strings out of the package, check that you are using the right string for the right tone. Mixing this up can happen quite easily and can cause the breakage of a brand-new string. Do not tune them too high to shorten their break-in time. The best idea is to have a tuner ready with you for that. In the first minutes of retuning, make sure that your bridge stays well in contact with the instrument’s belly. The use of graphite in the bridge and nut grooves also helps. All our strings offer quick tuning stability but have a look at what core material your strings use. For steel, rope-core, or spiral-core strings, we do recommend a tailpiece with fine tuners or the full set of fine-tuning pegs. Spiral-core strings also stretch a bit during their breaking-in period. Synthetic-core strings stretch a bit more when brand new but are also stable within some hours of playing time. They do not need a fine tuner on the tailpiece or a fine-tuning peg. But since violin e-strings or viola a-strings are made of steel, a fine tuner is obligatory. Make sure that these strings’ thin steel wire is not damaged where the string is hooked into the fine tuner.
Is it possible to combine strings from different product lines?
Can I mix different strings?
I. Usually, string makers follow a certain concept for a full set with a special sound in mind. But for the most part, it’s fine to mix our different brands of strings. Our Violin e-strings, Viola a-strings, and Cello a- and d-strings especially are renowned for blending very well with other brands. If you’re going to be mixing different gauges or types of strings, then make sure you know what you’re doing. It is good to have an experienced partner in this process. II. Since strings do affect the tone of your instrument, mixing different ones can lead to inspiring new sound colour combinations. Successfully mixing different gauges or types of strings takes a lot of experience and is ideally done by a qualified expert like a luthier, teacher, or colleague. III. Mixing old and new strings will be more noticeable and can lead to a shortened tonal lifespan of the newly added strings.
What makes one string sound different from another?
That’s a bit of a secret. We do vary our basic designs, materials, and procedures in many ways to make strings sound different. String making is an old handcraft, and it takes much experience and curiosity to find all possible ways of creating sounds.
What string set is the best?
That depends on your instrument and your personal playing style. Maybe you can get some inspiration here.
Musicians all over the world choose the powerful sound, projection, and response of jargar strings