Dominant Viola A string
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Dominant Viola A string
7 York Place
Edinburgh EH1 3EB
Widely regarded as the reference standard Dominant strings, made with a highly flexible, multi-strand synthetic core, provide the tonal warmth and feel of a gut string while being impervious to changes in humidity. The sound is soft, clear with a stable intonation and they are rich in overtones. One of the worlds most popular strings!
Please note, sizes as given by Thomastik are by vibrating string length (not length of back). Vibrating string length is the distance from the bridge to the top nut. Please use the table below to determine the correct string size for your viola:
|37||4/4 Violas with VSL from 36.5 to 37.5 cm|
|34.5||3/4 Violas or Viola Conversions|
|32.5||1/2 Violas or Viola Conversions|
|38||Violas with VSL from 37.5 to 39.5 cm|
|39.5||Violas with VSL from 39.5 to 41 cm|
|42||Violas with VSL from 41 cm to 43.5 cm|
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What does ball/loop mean?
Some violin E strings and viola A strings come with the option of Loop-end, meaning they are designed for use with hook-type E fittings on tailpieces without a top string fine-tuner. Most student instruments require a ball-end string. Some string manufacturers now product removable ball end strings, and cello strings are all ball-end. Gut strings often have knotted ends.
What is gauge / tension?
Gauge refers to the thickness, or diameter, of the string. The greater the string’s diameter, the heavier it is, affecting tone and response to finger pressure and bowing. Tension is the horizontal force on a string between the nut and the tailpiece. Tension is also affected by the types of metals a string is wound with.
Medium tensions are the most popular choice. These strings are designed to bring a balanced response and tone.
Light or weak strings are thinner, so less tension is required to bring them to pitch. If your violin has a naturally heavy or dark sound quality, you might use light gauge strings to brighten the tone.
Heavy or strong strings require greater tension and they are less responsive but can create a more nuanced tone.
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