What features should cello strings have?
Different cello strings have different qualities which make them sound slightly different. Some brands sound better on the A and D strings while others are great for the lower range. In fact, many people like to mix and match cello string sets in order to get the best sound possible. In our “Popular Cello String Combinations” section below, you can see how people tend to mix cello string sets.
As we mentioned above, we recommend using different brands of cello strings to find strings that work the best for your instrument. However, experimenting can get pretty expensive, so we recommend evaluating your budget for cello strings and adjusting accordingly. Even so, if you are a serious player you will want to find the right fit for your instrument and playing style.
As with cellos and bows, cello strings vary on several main factors:
- Gauge/Thickness: Cello strings come in many different diameters (gauges) which impacts the sound. This is one factor you’ll definitely want to experiment with. Thicker strings are usually better for cellos as they provide a fuller, richer sound.
- The material of the string impacts the sound. Traditionally, strings were made out of animal gut, but now they are generally made of synthetic material wrapped in metal coil or solid metal.
- Price: Strings are expensive, there’s no way around it. Typically having to be replaced at least once a year and costing upwards of $200 on average for a full set, cello strings aren’t easy on the budget. It’s important to find a balance between sound and price while searching for the perfect cello strings.
While there are a lot of options for strings and you may feel perplexed at this point, this guide will help you select some starting varieties that will let you experiment with the sound of your cello.
How much do cello strings cost?
Depending on the quality of the cello strings, prices can range anywhere from tens of dollars to hundreds of dollars. Typically, strings that are good enough for beginners will cost less $100 for a set, but intermediate and advanced cello strings usually cost around $200.