Thomastik Dominant Silver Viola D String

Item# D137AD

  • SHAR Price: $21.10
Availability: IN STOCK
Availability: IN STOCK
Availability: IN STOCK
Availability: IN STOCK

About This Item

Thomastik Dominant Silver Viola D String Silver wound on perlon core

Features/Specs

manufacturer model #: 137a

Warranty Info

The Best String Guarantee
Please inspect your strings immediately upon receipt. Installed strings are not returnable, unless they break within the first 30 days after purchase.

30-Day String Return Policy
Unopened strings may be returned within 30 days, so that we may supply all our customers with the freshest possible strings. Because of tonal qualities of each instrument are unique, we cannot accept string returns for reasons of tone, including false strings.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]
Thomastik Dominant Silver Viola D String Silver wound on perlon core
manufacturer model #: 137a
The Best String Guarantee
Please inspect your strings immediately upon receipt. Installed strings are not returnable, unless they break within the first 30 days after purchase.

30-Day String Return Policy
Unopened strings may be returned within 30 days, so that we may supply all our customers with the freshest possible strings. Because of tonal qualities of each instrument are unique, we cannot accept string returns for reasons of tone, including false strings.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]

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From ANN ARBOR, MI

Asked On: 07/20/2016

I’m just learning to play. What does medium, heavy, light gauge mean? What does weich and stark mean? Which one should I buy?

SHAR Answer:

Strings are able to stay in place on a viola because they are held there by tension/traction (they are not glued onto anything). Strings have two ends; one end that gets threaded into the peg and the other end that gets attached to the tailpiece via a fine tuner (also called string adjuster). They form tension/traction between the two ends of the instrument; that’s what makes them have sound when played. When you hear someone refer to medium, heavy or light gauge (or tension), they're referring to the thin or thickness of a string, which can impact the sound and response of a string.

If you're just starting out, I would recommend medium (also referred to as medium/standard gauge). If you’re a parent buying replacement strings for the first time and you’re not sure, I would stick with medium/standard gauge. Without getting into too many complex details, just know that there are many factors (diameter/thickness/gauge, raw materials, pitch) that determine your string tension. Your string gauge/diameter alone does not determine a string’s tension, but can play a part in it. Buying a matched set of strings (all medium, for example) could give you the confidence that the gauges work well together. The choice of which gauge to use is a personal one, based on your playing style and the tone you are trying to achieve. As you progress and become more advanced, you’ll likely develop more of an opinion about what types of strings (including their material and their gauges) that you like best.

Weich refers to a light gauge which usually means more flexible and lighter (weich means "soft" or "mellow" in German). Stark refers to a heavier gauge which usually means more volume, more powerful but can also mean a slower response time when you place the bow on the string (stark means "strong" or "powerful" in German.)

For many more details about choosing strings, check out this page. http://www.sharmusic.com/Pages/How-To/Strings/

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