Hearing a rich sound from your string instrument is one of the best feelings in the world, and it holds true for all musicians—amateur and professional, young and old. And the right strings significantly affect sound quality and overall performance.
We feature D'Addario, Thomastik Infeld, Pirastro, Larsen and other finest and most exclusive brands. So, you can wallow in the warm and full sound of your violin every time you pick it up for many months to come, knowing you're getting your money's worth.
String Symphonies: Premium Violin Strings
You might be an experimentalist who likes to try different string bands until you find "the one" which speaks true to your musical style. Or you might be someone who favours tried-and-tested brands that consistently supply outstanding sound quality.
Our premium-quality strings help bring out the best in your violin, letting you fully immerse yourself in your tunes and attain your desired sound regardless of the kind of violinist you are. Get to know our different string options and their distinct qualities:
Violin E Strings
The Violin E strings are the thinnest and highest-pitched among the four strings, producing a brilliant and luminous sound that enhances the expressiveness of your violin's melodic lines.
They are available in various materials, such as platinum-plated, titanium, gold steel, and aluminium. Each material type gives your string a distinct sound quality ideal for different musical genres and settings.
Violin A Strings
These also significantly affect projection and tonal balance production, acting as a bridge between the high-pitched E string and other lower-toned strings.
We offer synthetic and steel core Violin A strings from trusted brands such as D'Addario, Thomastik Infeld, Larsen, and more.
Violin D Strings
The Violin D Strings add depth and complexity to the instrument's overall tonal palette. Our strings are crafted with precision and attention to detail by exclusive brands that use cutting-edge technology to ensure that they'll help you produce a warm, rich, and powerful sound.
Violin G Strings
Last but not least, the Violin's G Strings are the thickest and lowest-pitched among the violin's four strings.
From Pirastro to Warchal Amber, our selection offers a variety of options in different tensions, materials and designs to help you achieve your preferred sound quality.
For an all-in-one solution, you can opt for our string sets which include all four strings that provide optimum, balanced sound quality for your instrument.
Find the Right Match at Simply for Strings
Our shared love and passion for music have made us the ultimate destination for amateur and professional musicians since 2005. Buy your strings from our collection today and achieve a refreshed sound for your instrument for your instrument.
Whenever you need assistance during your purchasing journey, trust our devoted team to guide you every step of the way. As musicians, our Simply for Strings team members understand that learning is a constant process in music. So, we are happy to share our musical knowledge and expertise to ignite your inner creativity and bring your tunes to life.
Visit our award-winning Red Hill store, open from 9 AM to 5 PM, Mondays to Saturdays and 10 AM to 2 PM on Sundays, if you want a more personal violin string shopping experience.
Why do my violin strings keep breaking?
If your violin strings keep breaking near the pegs or near the tailpiece, it could mean there is extra friction being applied to the string/s, causing them to break or snap. We recommend having your violin examined by a luthier (string instrument repairer) to avoid breakages in the future. When fitting any new strings to your violin, be sure to slowly tighten the string to avoid breakages.
How do I fit strings to my violin?
Using a soft graphite pencil, ‘colour’ in the corresponding groove on the bridge and at the top of the fingerboard (near the pegbox). This will ensure the string slides smoothly through these contact points and does not catch on any part of the instrument. Insert the plain end of the string into the corresponding peg hole. Tighten the string by winding the peg away from you. Keep the other hand pulling the string away from the peg to maintain tension on the string. This will keep the string ‘straight’ on the peg. Cross the string over itself once at the start of the tightening process and then wind the remainder of the string towards the peg ‘head’ ensuring that it remains neat on the peg. This will ensure that your pegs do not continue to slip and that they are easily tuned.
How do I tune a violin?
The violin is tuned in 5ths. The top string is E then A, D and finally the lowest string is G (below middle C). You can refine the tuning with the use of a tuner or tuning fork to help you find the correct pitch. When tuning a small amount, you'll only need to use the fine tuners. If the string is largely out of tune, it is important to always lower the pitch using the peg before trying to raise it. This will ensure that your string does not get over tightened. When using the fine tuners, turning them clockwise ensures the pitch is raised. If you turn it anti-clockwise, the pitch is lowered. ‘Lefty-Loosey, Righty-Tighty’ is a great rhyme to help you remember.
My violin strings sound squeaky, how can I fix this?
If your violin strings sound squeaky, it may mean that you need to use less rosin on your bow, to prevent a raspy tone from occurring, or you may need to replace your strings. Strings are crafted using precious metals and materials that deteriorate over time. If your violin strings are over a year old and sounding squeaky, chances are they need to be replaced. Book an online or in-store appointment with us to determine the source of the squeaking sound today.
My violin strings sound bad, what strings should I try next?
If your violin strings sound "bad", it may mean that you need to use less rosin on your bow, to prevent a raspy tone from occurring, or you may need to upgrade your string. Strings are crafted using precious metals and materials that deteriorate over time. If your violin strings are over a year old and sounding bad, chances are it needs to be replaced. Some of our favourites include Pirastro Tonica, Larsen, D'Addario Kaplan Amo and Pirastro Obligato strings if you're wanting a warm tone. If you're wanting a brighter tone, some of our favourites include Pirastro Evah Pirazzi, D'Addario Kaplan Vivo or D'Addario Prelude strings.
I'm nervous about fitting a new string, can you fit it for me?
Here at Simply for Strings, we fit any strings purchased from us to your instrument for free. We'd be more than happy to show you our tips and tricks along the way so you can also learn more about changing and fitting strings to your instrument. Appointments and walk-ins are welcomed at any time at our Brisbane store.
What size violin strings do I need?
The size of the violin strings we sell are indicated at the end of the product title, ie. 4/4, 3/4, 1/2-3/4, 15"-17". We recommend purchasing strings that have been manufactured for the violin size you play on, so the playability and tension are optimised for your instrument. If you're not sure what size violin you play on, please use our String Instrument Measurement Chart on our blog to measure your instrument.