What effect does the string diameter have?

The diameter of the string influences the left-hand feeling and the bow response. 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. Here is an overview:

WINDING DIAMETER Bow response Sliding feel
ALUMINUM greater better average
SILVER smaller average greater
CHROMIUM STEEL average inferior reduced



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