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Originally, violin strings were made of gut. In the 18th century, violinists began to use G strings wound with metal wire in order to improve their tone. Gradually, people began to use wound D and A strings too. Each violin string had a core of gut, and the E string was still usually all gut. This continued until the mid 20th century, when new developments in string making technology allowed the use of nylon core and steel strings. Now most players use nylon or steel core violin strings, with the G, D, and A being wound with metal and the E usually being plain steel, which is far more durable than gut as well as possessing a clearer tone. At Just Strings, we have a wide variety of violin strings for sale.
Sets of violin strings are available to fit many sizes of violin. A standard violin is 4/4 size. Common fractional sizes are 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, ½ and ¾. We have a substantial fractional size violin string selection, and carry all of the above sizes. If the description of a set of violin strings does not specifically state that it is not 4/4 size, it is usually safe to assume that it is 4/4 size. Smaller sizes will have clear descriptions of their size.
The violin is the smallest member of the family of instruments that includes the violin, viola, cello, and depending on its construction, the double bass. It is perhaps one of the best known of all instruments in the western world. The violin, and its siblings, the viola and cello, are offshoots in design from renaissance fiddles (used in this context to describe any stringed instrument) and viols. Unlike a viol, the violin is fretless, which enables the player to play any note along the string. This makes it useful beyond the boundaries of Western classical music, since the violin is capable of playing any note whatsoever in its range, and is not limited to Western scales. Despite this, the violin has been and remains most popular in Western style classical and symphonic music.
The violin has remained largely unchanged for over 400 years. Of course, beyond the basic shape, there are many differences between modern violins and those of the 16th and 17th centuries. Today’s violin is designed to be strung with much higher tension violin strings than earlier instruments. This change came about sometime in the late 19th century, as part of a quest to make the instrument louder. The fingerboard of a modern violin is considerably longer than that of 16th century instruments, giving the modern instrument much greater range. Today, the bridge of the violin is positioned between the f-holes, rather than below them, giving the instrument a much shorter scale length. Despite these and a few other simple differences, a violinist from 1600 would have no difficulty whatsoever identifying and playing a violin today. At Just Strings we have violin strings for sale suitable for any player today.
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