NAMM 2018: Thomastik-Infeld
Following the introduction of Alphayue Violin strings in 2015, Thomastik-Infeld has announced a new range of Alphayue strings for viola and cello.
The process of finding the most suitable set of strings for an instrument can be an expensive one. Thomastik-Infeld says it has once again made this process easier by combining advanced materials with sophisticated designs, ‘…all at an affordable price point’. Designed with students and new players in mind, Alphayue strings ‘…vastly improve the sound of even the most basic student instruments’.
ALPHAYUE for Cello:
‘When looking for ideal strings for a cello, common issues are shrill A strings and dark, dull G & C cello strings.’ says Bernhard Rieger, in charge of developing cello strings at Thomastik-Infeld Vienna.
The customised Hydronalium winding makes the Alphayue cello A string thicker, leading to a very gentle feeling on the player’s fingers as well as immediate playability, the maker claims. This combination of materials also delivers a distinctive warm so Unaffected by temperature, humidity changes and perspiration – they are also long lasting, Thomastik adds.
ALPHAYUE for Viola:
‘A high-tech synthetic core married with renowned Thomastik-Infeld quality delivers a rich, sophisticated sound palette impossible to achieve with steel core strings’. The strings are wound with Monel. Thomastik-Infeld’s head of engineering explains, ‘Over 17 years ago Thomastik-Infeld introduced the use of Monel in string development. Monel is a natural alloy, impervious to perspiration and suited for artists with a nickel allergy.’
With their lower tension, Alphayue Viola strings are more left-hand friendly and place less stress on instruments than other strings.
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