String Instruments & Accessories

Product review

January 09, 2017

Thomastik Versum Cello strings

Thomastik-Infeld are delighted to report their Versum cello strings are proving popular with leading cellists since their launch at the beginning of 2016.

Versum strings feature steel core and multialloy wound A and D strings and spiral core, tungsten/chrome wound G and C strings. In keeping with the complete Thomastik-Infeld string range, they are handmade in Vienna.

Versum strings are noted for their striking tonal balance that comprises a sweet high end and a warm lower end. Their focused sound and powerful and precise intonation afford cellos a unique personality and versatile expression. Such sonic benefits and versatility have subsequently seen notable Thomastik cello artists Elisaveta Sharakhovskaya and Martin Rummel use them in conjunction with other Thomastik Cello strings to achieve new and exciting sounds. Elisaveta Sharakhovskaya uses them alongside Thomastik Spirocore strings, stating, “I love this string combination, because of their warm, powerful, colourful and rich sound palette”.

Martin Rummel plays a mixture of Spirit, Belcanto, Spirocore and Versum strings. Martin comments, “For a very long time, I have used Thomastik Tungsten Spirocore C and G strings on all my instruments… Currently I am playing the new Versum A and a strong Tungsten Spirocore C, while we are experimenting on new D and G strings… Thomastik-Infeld continuously impress and inspire me, and I always feel that all their strings enable me to use my instruments to their maximum range of expression.”

Versum strings have gained notoriety for their stand-alone qualities as well as their ability to be used in conjunction with other leading cello string types to add richness, warmth and power to instruments.

Taken from UK distributors websites – Barnes and Mullins

August 06, 2014

Bow Hold Buddie

bow-hold-buddieThe original purpose of the Bow Hold Buddy for violin or viola was to prevent the thumb, index finger and ‘pinky’ from straying out of position. According to Ruth Brons, the inventor, “With these three fingers in place and in control of the stick, the other two fingers, hand and bow arm are more relaxed and ready to learn those beginning bow strokes”. The Bow Hold buddy comprises two parts – the Frog and the Hold Fish. The Frog also strongly encourages the thumb to remain bent. This product has been enthusiastically taken up and we’d love to hear your feedback on how you’re getting on