I was wondering if you had any recommendations about strings.
One of my favorite subjects -- Cello Strings. Here are a few of my
1. Many of the big time players are now using the new and expensive Larsen
A&D in combination with the Thomastik "Spirocore" C&G. Starker uses the
Larsen A and Meneses uses both the Larsen A&D.
2. Another popular choice for the A&D in combination with the Dominant G&C
are the Pirastro "Chromcor Plus." The Chromcor Plus was designed to be used
with synthetic core strings.
3. PRIM makes an under-rated cheap set of steel strings that seem to work
well on many cellos. The PRIM D string works well in combination with a
Jargar A and Dominant G&C.
4. The "Best" Setup:
D'Addario "Helicore" A,D,G,C. These are new strings and when all four
strings are used as a set, the sound is even with a wide dynamic sound from
the bottom to the top of the instrument. The harmonics are all very
sympathetic from one string to another, making tuning easier. The fifths are
perfectly aligned. The strings are thinner than most others on the market
and are easy to play without the rubber band effect found with gut and
synthetic core strings. The entire length on the string is playable and
produces a beautiful sound, even the C string can be played all the way to
the end of the fingerboard. The A string, because it is quite thin, is
easily overpowered and requires some getting use to. But once you get use to
this you will appreciate the new ease of playing. If you can only experiment
with one set of strings, try the Helicore. They run about $93.50 for the set
from Southwest Strings, (800) 528-3470.
I will answer your question by quoting Steven Doane and Jeffrey Solow, two
of the cello professors that I have interviewed.
Steven Doane -- "Eudoxas on the bottom two. I enjoy playing with all four
Eudoxas when I get the chance in a hall that's sympathetic. I've been using
a Chrome Core Plus D since it has a reedy quality, reminding me of a gut D.
But when I use a steel A, sometimes a gut D has too much drop off. I find
it's better if I use all four Eudoxas. Or C and G Eudoxas, a Jargar Forte A,
and a Chrome Core D."
Jeffrey Solow -- " What I like to use is steel A and D and silver on gut G
and C. What I grew up with when I first started was Prim on top and American
Gold or Black Label on bottom. Then I used Eudoxas, but they were
spaghetti-like and didn't work too well. Now Olive has come out, which is
more like American Gold or Black Label. I don't like Prim anymore because I
find the 5th's are bad on the D string and they are too metallic. So what I
generally use now are Medium Jargars on top. I find I can't put gut strings
on the bottom. The tension isn't really even across the cello. I find that
I am fighting all the time. If I don't do that, I use all steel and I
usually use Prim G and a Spiracore C. Usually a steel Spiracore C, or
silver, but usually just steel. I find a Prim G is a really good match for a
Spiracore C. I don't particularly like Dominants, although I have played
cellos that were set up with them that work very well. But I just don't like
them. I feel that they have a sandy quality and have a sharp attack and then
they feel like they will collapse. So though I have my favorite strings, I
find that other strings may work better on other cellos. I used to play with
a forte A, but now I play with a medium A.
As you can see, everybody has their own preferences. I wish there was a