Yes, it’s June already! Half of 2012 has nearly passed, but on we fly! Most of South Africa should now be experiencing some colder winter weather—so take a moment to warm up with a cup of coffee and our June newsletter and specials!
We’ve decided to extend our Thomastik-Infeld DOMINANT strings special. Dominant strings remain top sellers due to their responsiveness, warmth and reliability. They have a highly flexible, multi-strand nylon core that simulates gut cores favourably, but without the unfavourable and temperamental attributes of real gut. The sound of the Dominant string is full and mellow, rich in overtones. Its radiance—its ability to project sound without being metallic—comes to the fore both in arco and pizzicato. Other advantages are Dominant’s effortless response to intricate fingering and its tuning stability even under extreme atmospheric conditions. Dominant strings should, however, be changed at appropriate intervals to ensure continuity of tone colour. So go ahead, give them a try! We are positive you won’t regret it!
And now for a quick tip! I am often asked, “How often should I replace my strings?” This is a greatly debated subject, but the answer depends on how much you play your instrument. If you play your instrument every day under normal conditions, the general guideline is to replace your strings every six to eight months. If, however, you are a professional musician where practicing anything from three to eight hours a day is the norm, you should be changing your strings every four to six months.
Additionally, how often you replace your strings is contingent on what type of strings you’re using. Steel-cored strings have the longest lifespan (but tend to be metallic and harsh in sound); perlon, or synthetic cored strings have medium durability (as well as a mellower tone, reminiscent of gut strings); and gut strings have the shortest lifespan (but have a lovely warm, mellow tone).
Well, wrapping things up here from Strings ‘n’ Things! Be sure to visit our website at www.stringsnthings.co.za . If you struggle to find us on search engines such as Google, this is because our website is still relatively new and it takes a few months before web-spiders acknowledge our presence. In the meantime, enter our web address directly into your browser’s address bar. You’ll find us every time!
Regards in music,
Shane and team
Phone: +27 (0)82 772 1802