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A string is the vibrating element that is the source of sound on a cello and other stringed instruments. Strings are lengths of a flexible material kept under tension so that they may vibrate freely, but controllably. Strings may be "plain" (consisting only of a single material, like steel, nylon, or gut). "Wound" strings, on the other hand, have a "core" of one material, with an overwinding of other materials. This is to make the string vibrate to the desired pitch, while maintaining a low profile and sufficient flexibility for purposes of playability.

The tone of a string depends on its weight, and diameter (called gauge). Traditionally, diameter is measured in thousandths of an inch. The larger the diameter, the heavier the string. Heavier strings require more tension for the same pitch and are consequently harder to press down to the fingerboard. Heavier strings will also produce a louder and thicker tone.

The following examples of strings for cellos. Click on the links for more information about each string.

Rotosound Cello Strings

Rotosound strings are manufactured in Britain used by cellists worldwide. They are known for their combination of brilliance and strength, and the flatwound construction causes less wear on the fingerboard.

Jargar Cello Strings

Jargar cello strings have been handmade in Denmark for over fifty years, and are known for a bright response and resonant, powerful tone. This is especially useful for music that requires a lot of double stops

Larsen Soloist Strings

Larson strings are used by many professional cellists for their long life and great value. They also project well and feature powerful timbre and a carrying power that is well balanced.

Thomastik Dominand Strings

Thomastik Dominant Series are synthetic strings constructed of a nylon core made of multiple strands. This makes them very flexible, yet sound and feel similar to natural gut. Dominant cello strings are perhaps the most widely-used synthetic strings.

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D'Addario Cello Strings

D'Addario's multi-strand twisted steel core strings are commonly used by professionals and advanced players because of their stable pitch and clear, warm sound. Their smaller diameter is also more responsive to the bow.

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Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Strings

Pirastro Evah Pirazzi strings are made of steel and are known for their warm, brilliant tone, wide dynamic range, and focused sound.

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Red Label Strings

Red Label strings are popular among school and private teachers and students, school orchestra programs. These steel core strings are known in particular for their durability, dependability, and affordability.




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