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Thomastik Infeld Dominant Violin String Set with Wound E String Ball End - 4/4 Size - Medium Gauge

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Thomastik Infeld Dominant Violin String Set with Wound E String Ball End - 4/4 Size - Medium Gauge | D135SB 44 M

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List Price: $104.99

SHAR Price: $64.99

Item# D135SB 44 M

Availability: In Stock

About This Item

Dominant Synthetic Core Strings
Comparable in sound to gut, without gut's disadvantages. 

These strings have a highly flexible, multi-strand nylon core. The resounding success of Dominant strings is due to its similarity in tone and response to gut strings, without gut's attendant drawbacks. 

The sound is full and mellow, yet rich in overtones. Its ability to project sound without being metallic comes to the fore both in arco and pizzicato. Also offers effortless response to intricate fingering and tuning stability even under extreme humidity and temperature conditions. Dominant strings should be changed at appropriate intervals to ensure continuity of tone color. 

We invite you to see why Dominant strings are called "The Reference Standard" and are used by professional players as well as students of all levels. 


Steel or Wound E String?

The steel core, aluminum wound E string in this set is designed to produce a slightly warmer tone than a plain steel E string, which is brighter but offers more projection. The wound is slightly more expensive, but we find, just as popular. Set with the steel E string: D129S

 Loop-End or Ball-End E String?

This set features a ball-end E string, which is best suited for fine tuners with 2 prongs. Generally, most full size instruments are set up with a single prong fine tuner, which is designed for a loop-end E string.

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]

About This Brand

Handmade Strings Since 1919 from Vienna, Austria

In 1919 violin maker Dr. Franz Thomastik and civil engineering specialist Otto Infeld founded the company, invented the steel string and caused a revolution in the music world. Suddenly the conventional gut string was challenged by a new string with the highest quality of tone, precision and reliability. It was received enthusiastically by virtuosi across the world.

The string makes the music. The diversity and beauty of the musical timbre depend upon, on the one hand, the type of material used for the core and on the other hand, the material spun around the core. For a perfect sound, Thomastik-Infeld has consistently chosen steel and nylon as the string core material for bowed and plucked instruments.

The highest standards are guaranteed by ongoing research in Thomstik-Infeld's own research lab engaging a team of highly specialized technicians. However, tone perfection is achieved primarily by the delicate touch of fingers and the highly qualified staff in the workshops: Every string at Thomastik-Infeld is wound and checked by hand.


Does It Matter Which Type of String You Put On Your Instrument? Absolutely!

Choosing the correct strings has a huge influence on its tone, ease of playing, and even its well-being: the best and most expensive instrument will only sound average if it is incorrectly strung, while an average instrument can transcend its own limitations with the correct choice of strings. As a matter of fact, switching to better strings is the shortest and easiest way to producing better sound.

From nine decades experience with string research, string development and string production we can safely say that while "the one perfect string for everyone" does not exist, the perfect string for your instrument, playing style and musical repertoire is most likely a Thomastik-Infeld. Up-to-date know-how and long experience enable us to bring out the best in each stringed instrument, revealing and enhancing its tone, color and quality.

Thomastik-Infeld offers a broad choice of products to fit every instrument, musical style, and playing situation. All products are handmade in Vienna to highest manufacturing standards, satisfying the most discriminating musician. 

Welcome to Thomastik-Infeld, please make your choice!
- Peter Infeld, 1942-2009

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Customer Questions

Question by:

  • KHANH BUI
  • NORTH PORT, FL

Asked On: 03/26/2017

Hi! So I've been using these strings for about 4 months now and I've got to say, they sound amazing...but just recently I have noticed that my A string is unwinding a bit. It's not much like a piece is coming off, but it's the area where the string is contacting the bridge. It's visible and I have a feeling that the strings might break in the future, for it might unravel more. What should I do?

SHAR Answer:

Thank you for your review, Khanh! Violin A-strings are the most common of strings to unravel because they are usually wound with Aluminum, which is a bit more brittle and succeptible to wear than other silver-wound strings. It usually happens around first position (where your fingers contact the string most), near the nut, or (as in your case) at the bridge. One thing that can be done to help the next string you put on is to draw in the A-string groove in the bridge with a pencil. Do this when you take off that string to put on a new string. The graphite will help to allow the string to adjust when tuning or installing, and will reduce wear. Thomastik-Infeld usually recommends that Dominant strings are changed every 4 months, but many people simply wait until their strings unravel, break, or begin to sound dull. I would recommend that you change the unraveling string at your soonest convenience.

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Question by:

  • TARAS ANTONIV
  • RIDGEWOOD, NY

Asked On: 02/09/2017

Does this set include the SILVER D and SILVER G strings ? Item# D135SB 44 M

SHAR Answer:

This set includes a aluminum D and silver G string. The set you are looking for is item D129SAB. Follow the link to view this set, which includes a silver D and silver G string. Thanks for your question!

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Question by:

  • POPULAR SHAR STAFF QUESTION
  • ANN ARBOR, MI

Asked On: 08/02/2016

Oh, no! I broke a string! What should I do? Will this damage my instrument?

SHAR Answer:

No worries, it’s okay! This definitely happens now and then and it’s nothing to be too worried about. Unless all four strings broke at the same time (highly unlikely) and the bridge completely collapsed, it’s unlikely that there is any damage at all to your instrument. If it’s just simply one string that broke, then you’ll just need to purchase a new one and install it.

Unfortunately, broken strings cannot be repaired. They need to be replaced if they are broken. You can usually find them at a local violin shop. You can buy an individual string (only the A string, for example), if that's the one that's broken, or we also sell strings in a set of all four strings (E, A, D & G for violin and A,D,G & C for viola and cello). We sell a wide variety of brands of strings here at Shar--you can order them here online or over the phone. Our customer care representatives can help you place an order for new strings at 800.248.7427.

It's fairly uncommon for strings to just randomly snap. This is more likely to happen if the strings are older, worn out, or not in good condition. That’s why it’s a good idea to replace your strings periodically (their longevity will depend on how much you play) and keep your strings/instrument in proper condition. It’s also a good idea to purchase and keep an extra set of strings handy in your case, just in case a string breaks right before a lesson or performance and you need to replace it.

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