Right from the beginning, flexibility and distinctive innovative strength formed the basis for success in a niche market. These principles are still the cornerstone of our business culture to the present day.
The string produces the music. On the one hand, the variety and beauty of the timbres depend on the various core materials, on the other hand, they depend on the chosen combination of materials for the winding.
Before the First World War began, Dr. Franz Thomastik had already been preoccupied with the testing of materials which were a possibility for the development of musical strings for string instruments. Steel wires were chosen. The major and at that time still unresolved problem was to find an innovative processing technology. On the one hand, it was necessary to make the steel wire usable for a bowed string, and on the other hand, to rid steel of its bad reputation as an inferior substitute compared to gut strings.
The initial spark for the rise of the company was the development of a manufacturing technology which made the production of the steel core string possible. With it a
revolution started within the world of music. Steel core strings became serious competitors of gut strings. The new strings were able to offer convincing proof of their high quality of sound, precision and reliability. Above all this meant tuning stability and a long lifespan of the string for the musician.
Probably the most decisive innovation, which has significantly contributed to the company’s success to the present day, is the synthetic core string with its flat wire winding. Even today, this product – the Dominant-string – probably is the leading violin string worldwide.
From a technical point of view the combination of new materials and the processing technology were essential for success. In addition the remarkably high level of acceptance of the products by the consumers played an important role.
Nowadays, strings for stringed instruments are high-tech products. New materials such as synthetics from aerospace technology or biocompatible materials like Titanium are treated in the manufacturing process. For example, we can have a direct influence on the typical characteristics of a string with synthetic core through out the duration of its lifespan. Machines with high precision technology are essential for an outstanding quality standard.
Basic research, our own laboratory and a team of highly specialised engineers guarantee the highest standards. In the end, however, the musician, whose feedback to us is of essential importance for the developing process, decides just what constitutes the perfect experience of sound.