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Stringed instruments at MUSIC STORE professional & DV247

From the violin, to the viola, the cello and the double bass our range covers the complete demand for string instruments. For beginners as well as for advanced players we offer a large number of products in affordable and high quality price ranges. Numerous sets enable immediate playing and avoid the tedious search for accessories. For our smallest musicians we have the instruments from the size ¼ to ¾, also in different colors. For professionals, who are mainly at home on stage, our assortment offers an impressive selection of electric instruments, or even pickup systems for upgrading. Our accessories department has spare strings and rosin as well as literature for beginners.

The violin

Probably the best known instrument among the string instruments. Based on the fiddle from the Middle Ages, the violin has established itself as an absolute must in every orchestra as well as in folk music. Well-known musicians such as David Garrett and Lindsay Stirling show that the violin, despite its long history, is still firmly established in today's music.

The structure of the instrument has hardly changed since the probably most famous instrument maker Antonio Stradivari, whose name is known to every musician to this day. A violin has 4 strings tuned in fifths (g/d/a/e). The body of the instrument consists of top, back and sides, for which the same wood is mostly used, as e.g: maple, cherry, or walnut. The neck is glued directly to the body and is preferably equipped with an ebony fingerboard which due to its hardness is a very durable and stable wood. The most striking features are the snail at the upper part of the neck, to which the tuning pegs are attached, and the striking F-shaped sound holes. Between the two F-holes the bridge is loosely placed over which the strings run to the tailpiece, which is made of the same material as the fretboard. In addition to each violin you need a bow, a shoulder rest and rosin. The bow is, besides the instrument itself, the most important accessory for playing the violin. It consists of the bow stick, horsehair and the so-called frog. The frog is the part of the bow to which the horsehair is attached, which is tensioned by operating the adjusting screw and then stroked over the strings. To make the strings sound the rosin is applied to the horsehair. The horsehair dissolves over time and wears out. So if a hair comes off, it is not bad, because you have to string the bow again regularly.

The viola

The big sister of the violin and differs mainly in size and tuning. The instrument can produce a lower tone due to its size. The tuning is also in fifths (c/g/d‘/a‘). To this day, violas are often integrated into classical music as lower-sounding instruments.

The violoncello

This versatile instrument comes from the same family as the violin and viola. The cello can be used both as an accompanying instrument and as a solo instrument. Due to its large body the cello has a very unique character and a very full, loud and warm tone. Even in modern music the cello is often found and is often used in folk and pop music. Due to its size, the instrument is played upright in a sitting position and has a so-called spine, which is located at the lower end of the sound corpus. The Bow is also slightly larger than that of a violin or viola. The cello is tuned very low (C/G/d/a), but because of its long neck it covers a very large frequency spectrum.

The double bass

The largest of the string instruments. It is preferably played standing up and serves as an accompaniment and rhythm instrument. Even with this instrument, the close relationship to the other string instruments can be recognized at first glance. The characteristic F-soundhole and the snail at the upper end of the neck are also present in the traditional double bass. In classical music the double bass accompanies the entire sound with deep and warm basses, both bowed and plucked. In many chansons, or traditional styles the bass with its deep and assertive tone is used as a rhythm instrument. In modern music, the double bass is probably the most represented of all string instruments. It appears in rockabilly, jazz, latino and many other musical styles. It can be equipped with 4 or 5 strings and is tuned differently to the other string instruments in fourths (E/A/D/G). The bow of the double bass is also much larger than that of the other string instruments, but it is not necessary in all styles.