Our Favorite & Most Often Recommended Violin Strings
Synthetic Violin Strings
Most classical players choose synthetic strings for their richness of tone and ease of play. They have a wider dynamic range and are easier to play than traditional gut strings.
Genuine Gut Violin Strings
If complexity of tone and a rich, organic sound are your priority, then consider strings made from genuine sheep gut. The baroque player, seeking period-authentic, un-wound strings, should consider Pirastro Chorda. For everyone else, gut-core strings with metal windings combine stability with modern playability for a rich, organic sound.
Budget Violin Strings
Unless you're a fiddler looking for the distinctive raw sound of plain steel strings, they are probably not your best choice. Beginners will usually do better with synthetic strings - they make it easier to produce a nice sound. Here are some high-quality, but value-priced synthetic sets. If you are a fiddler, consider chromium-wound strings (scroll down), many of which also come with a relatively low price-tag.
Chromium-Wound Steel Strings
Recommended for Fiddling & Folk Music
By far the most popular strings for that distinctive old-time sound are chromium-wound steel.
Other Steel Violin Strings
Violin E Strings
By far, the most common E for professionals is a tin-plated carbon steel E (Pirastro calls this silvery steel), which yields a round, brilliant, silvery sound and feels smooth under the fingers. Alternate Es with Gold or Platinum plating will yield a warmer tone, but may be prone to whistling. If you have an issue with whistling, try an aluminum-wound E. Note that, with some exceptions, the standard E string in almost every set on the market is either plain steel, tin-plated steel, or aluminum-wound steel.
For more, please see our Guide to Violin E Strings. Here are a few of the more popular E string alternatives.