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Is it possible to combine strings from different product lines?
In the past, Thomastik-Infeld defined product lines according to their core type; for example, all products of the Dominant family have a core made of polyamide, while the Spirocore strings consist of a spiral rope core and the Precision line of a steel wire core.
Due to changing market demands, Thomastik-Infeld began to combine core materials within one line of strings, in order to create brand new sound dimensions. For this reason, it is indeed possible to combine strings from different product lines with one another.
Each set of strings is developed in such a way that it achieves optimum results in terms of sound, handling and maximal tonal lifespan. The pitch stability and the tonal break-in time of all strings included in a set are designed in order for them to achieve their best shape at the same time.
So why would anybody even consider combining strings from different product lines, manufacturers or groups of instruments instead of simply using a ready-assembled set of strings? Every musician has his own individual sound philosophy. In order to be able to adjust the sound and handling to suit your precise needs, you can combine strings from different product lines but also even from different instrument groups (violin and viola) on one instrument.
The advantages are therefore clear-cut: sound and handling can be adapted to fit your individual needs, and the tonal balance and pressure requirements of the individual instrument can be taken into account.
However, combining strings can lead to a reduced tonal lifespan of the strings, and the point of pitch stability as well as the tonal break-in time of the individually mixed strings may vary. If you want to combine strings from a variety of product lines, you should learn more about them in advance!