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String Information for Intermediate Players
Strings for Intermediate Players
No Longer a Beginner

For intermediate violinists, the use of synthetic core strings generally begins at this stage. Synthetic core strings were created to replicate the sound of natural gut strings, which was the original material used for the manufacture of strings. The most common synthetic core is nylon, which is often branded under trade names such as Perlon or Synthelon. Other synthetic materials are polyester, Kevlar, and composite materials. The use of these materials imparts a warmer and more complex tone than steel core strings, with less brightness and edginess.

Synthetic strings stretch much more than steel strings. This means that larger changes in string length are needed in order to change the pitch of a note as compared to steel strings. Fine tuners are not as effective for this purpose, since their travel is limited, making the use of the pegs required with synthetic strings. Fortunately, mastering the use of the pegs is one of the major tasks of the intermediate player, for this very reason.

There are a great variety of excellent synthetic strings on the market. For the intermediate player, price is often a consideration with parents. We offer an affordable range of low to mid priced synthetic violin strings.

Note that it is not generally a good idea to mix steel strings with synthetic strings because of the differences in materials, with the exception of the E string, which is almost always steel. This may create a tonal imbalance in the instrument, creating an uneven sound, which makes it harder to play well. If you wish to move up to synthetic strings from steel strings, it is best to change the entire set.
Affordable Synthetic Violin Strings
Violin E Strings

Although cellists, bassists, and often violists, do sometimes play on synthetic strings, they generally prefer steel strings, regardless of their level of proficiency.