Synthetic Core Strings

These strings use a core made out of a durable synthetic product such as perlon or kevlar, and are wrapped with metals such as aluminum or silver. Synthetic-core strings are designed to replicate the rich sound of gut strings, and …..

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Gut Core Strings

For many centuries the only kind of string available, the gut core strings are made from sheep intestine (not “cat,” as is commonly misbelieved). Used primarily by professional classical musicians, gut core cello strings reputedly have the warmest sound, complex …..

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Metal Strings

Sometimes called “all metal,” a steel core cello string is comprised of either a straight or twisted wire, wound with metal. Besides being the most stable and durable of the cello strings, steel core strings offer stable pitch, and the …..

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cleaning cello strings is of limited effectiveness against sweat and moisture, which get inside the strings, but it helps a little

Cleaning Cello Strings

When you finish playing, wipe off your strings with a soft, clean cloth (some player prefer a chamois for this job). Sweat is corrosive and will eat right through strings over time, shortening their lifespan considerably. Still, cleaning cello strings …..

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When I was four, we had to choose a musical instrument to play at school, and I chose the cello. I played until I was 18, and although I found it nerve-racking to play solo, I loved playing in an orchestra. When I left school I didn’t carry on with it, which I regret.

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