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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by ThePaste, Oct 18, 2001.
Do they use metal or gut strings?
Violin strings are either steel, silver-plated or chrome-plated steel or aluminium wound on nylon or gut.
Gut strings are supposed to sound better, but are more expensive and break more easily. If I remember correctly the top G string is a plain steel string anyway.
Nylon string sets are mostly used by beginners.
But I'm really not sure, it's been more than 6 years that I touched my violin, or even looked at it.
Gut? Oh my God..my Orchestra teacher wasn't kidding. I feel odd now.
JMX, wouldn't the E string be plain steel? Since it is the lowest gauge string?
It's the top string alright, now I typed G instead of E, sorry. Well, that shows I'm a bass player in my mind now
violin tuning is of course G D A E (in 5th).
Most violin players use our strings and the options for the E string (among the T-I's) are plain steel, aluminum wound on steel core, chrome wound on steel core, chrome steel, tin-plated steel, chrome steel with gold plating and carbon steel with tin plating. Gut strings are still used by some but they are subject to climate changes and break easier. I lost a link to a site that shows how gut strings are made. It's a tad unsavory so for the faint of heart perhaps I should stop looking.