Do thinner strings have a better response than thicker ones?

A major misconception is that thinner strings – meaning those with a smaller diameter – always have a better response than thicker strings. This is correct if the strings you are comparing have the same core and external winding material and the same string tension. However, if these characteristics differ, it’s no longer possible to make this assumption. The brilliance of the string also plays a decisive role for the bow response. Usually, a darker-sounding string responds better than a brilliant string, as there are fewer reflections of vibration on the bridge. Furthermore, a focused string responds better than a broader-sounding string.

ALUMINUM greater better average more brilliant
SILVER smaller average greater average
CHROMIUM STEEL average inferior reduced darker




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