Violin, Viola, Cello & Upright Bass Strings in Phoenix
Let's face it, no matter how you try to slice and dice it,
violin, viola, cello and/or upright bass strings are not cheap
these days. There are certainly more affordable sets than
others, but for some inexperienced players and even the top
pros, wish they knew what types of strings they can get that
won't break the bank, yet still get high performance out of
their strings and instrument.
Cheap Violin Strings
Here, we're going to try and help with that. First, about
cheap violin strings. Violinists.... stop complaining
about your string prices! You have the cheapest strings in the
'family'. There is a reason why though the higher end strings,
like Evah Pirazzi Gold or Peter Infelds cost the
most....it's because they work. So buy them if you like high
performance strings because the are worth it. On the other
hand, surely not everyone needs or wants to spend $100 for a set of
violin strings. A very old standby string for those that want
playability, response and a 'quality' string, can buy a set of
Thomastik Dominants. They average around $60 with their steel
E string, but we also notice players love to substitute the Dominant
E with either a Goldbrokat or a Pirastro Gold Label E
string. These E's are also cheaper too! Here, we offer a
combined custom set of the Dominant G, D, A, and E (either
Goldbrokat or a Gold Label). You'll love this set and it is a
nice, $52 and free shipping!
Cheap Viola Strings
Viola players, your next on our cheap viola strings list.
Don't complain either, as your prices are not too bad (in comparison
to your bass clef brethren) and if you do complain, someone will
mercilessly tell another one of those dreaded (stupid!) viola jokes.
Your primo sets are easy: Evah Pirazzi, Evah Pirazzi
Gold, Vision Solos (yes, lots are buying these now) and also
substitute the default A string that with a Larsen A.
You can get a great deal on this set on our very own
custom sets viola strings page. Amazing deals there!
The best deal though, cheapest for getting the most string for the
least dough, Pirastro Tonicas.
These are very nice, synthetic strings that a real 'pop' to them.
Responsive, yet only cost around $75, but again, you still get a lot
Not Cheap, But 'More Affordable' Cello Strings
Cello players and Bass players, it's not enough that you hold up
the whole harmonic strings structure in the orchestra. Playing
loudly and dominantly so that your 'squeaky' sisters and brothers
can appear virtuous! You should actually be paid more in the
orchestras that you play in simply because your strings are often
double or even triple in cost! Life is not fair, but then
again, you get to play that incredible sounding instrument and
well....we give you some deals and advice here too!!
Cheap cello strings: Well, is there such a thing? No, but we can
give you some more "affordable" and very impressive combinations of
which to choose from. Yes, it is probably the cellists that
first started substituting and combing different brands of strings
together, mix and matching them. The most famous and certainly
not the cheapest sets are the Thomastik medium Spirocore Tungsten C
& G with the Larsen medium A & D as the top two. That set is not
only the #1 most favored cello set used in the world, it is also one
of the most expensive. Again, we do have a lovely
cello custom combined set strings page where you can save $40-50
on a set, simply by getting them combined for you. See our
custom cello sets page for more ideas like that. Oh yea,
the cheap set: Here's a couple great ideas: Spirocore chrome C
& G (medium), and Jargar A & D. While the Spirocore chrome
strings might not have the most penetration and presence as the
Tungstens, they are far cheaper and for a student cello, a GREAT
alternative set. Jargar too makes a very affordable A & D
strings and they just happen to be great playing and sounding cello
strings. Very popular with cellists and not those just trying
to save money.
Upright Bass Strings! Well, you know (in Phoenix)
there is NO other place for basses. Not really! we have
everything for you. We carry and stock every major (and not so
major) string brand for you. I wish there was a cheap
alternative for us, like the way cheap Tonica strings are for the
viola! The thing about basses is that they are way more
versatile in that they are played in so many different settings and
styles, like jazz, classical, bluegrass, slap rockabilly etc...
there is a particular design to either be played by plucking (pizz)
or bowing. Then there are a lot of players that do both. The simple
quick answer to your hybrid needs for sure, Evah Pirazzi Weich: The
#1 set of bass strings most purchased because of their extreme
Slap Rockabilly players, first it's gut (they cost the
most) and we prefer and sell the Lenzner gut bass strings.
After gut, then the Innovation brand from England do very well and
they cost around $145. The cheapest though would be La Bella
Supernil which are about half that price. Only for slapping
though, otherwise you will be disappointed as they are not a jazz or
Jazz, if money is totally an issue, try a set of D'Addario
Pizzicatos. If you can afford a bit more than your whole world
opens up with Thomastik Spirocore (mediums!) and even the Velvet
Classical upright bass players, on a budget, don't be afraid to
try a set of medium
Jargar bass strings. Again, Jargar quietly makes these
strings (currently go for around $119) and they play well, are a
quality made string, yet more affordable then some of the Pirastro
or Thomastik sets. Having written that, I should qualify this
and say that still...the Pirastro Flexocor Deluxe, or any of
Pirastro's bass strings, while more money, are worth it.
Include Passione, all and anything with a Flexocor name on it.