Strings

Where can I buy strings?

North America

Aquila USA – Gut strings
Fiddler Shop
Gamut Music
La Folia America – Gut strings in Canada
Scharmusic
Southwest Strings

Europe

Austria – Polychord
Belgium – 4string
France – La Folia Strings – Gut strings
Germany – Bernd Kürschner – Gut strings
Germany – Thomann
Italy – Aquila Corde – Offers gut and synthetic gut
Netherlands – Bert Boon – Huge selection of multiple gut string brands
Spain – Ars Antiqva – Gut strings
Spain – Casaparramon – Gut strings
Spain – Cuerdaspulsadas – Gut strings

UK

Caswells Strings
Northern Renaissance Instruments (NRI) – Gut strings
Stringshack
The String Zone

Other

Turkey – Kürschner Strings – Gut strings (Produces strings on order, takes a while but brand new)

What strings should I buy?

Always ask your luthier or teacher which strings they recommend for the instrument first, they will always have the best insight on which strings to buy.  However, if you’d like to research these options yourself, or just feel like experimenting here are some excellent resources.

String Sound Profile Charts

These are various great resources you can use to discover the different sounds and functions of various string profiles.

Violin String Sound Profile Chart by Shar Music
Viola String Sound Profile Chart by Shar Music
Cello String Sound Profile Chart by Shar Music
Violin, Viola, and Cello Sound Profile Reference Chart by Fountain Music
Violin String Sound Profile Reference Chart by Violin Lounge
Violin String Review – a chart with reviews

String Identification Colour charts

Sometimes you like a string that needs replacing, but have no idea what string it is. These links may help you find out!

Violin, viola, and cello String Colour Chart by Violin String Review
Violin String Identification Chart by The Sound Post
Viola String Identification Chart by The Sound Post
Cello String Identification Chart by The Sound Post