How Much Do Violin Strings Cost?
Part of the regular maintenance of owning and playing a violin is restringing it. It is suggested that students change their strings every year, while professionals who play more often should do it every six months. Strings should also be changed if they start to sound dull or if they start to fray.
How much is it?
- A set of violin string can cost anywhere from $10-$80. This depends on the quality, gauge, and manufacturer.
- For example, strings made by D’Addario Helicore can be found for about $30 while strings from Pirastro Evah can cost up to $70.
- The JSI Special 4/4 Violin String Set that is made of a medium gauge can retail for $49 to $80.
What is going to be included?
- In addition to the strings, instructions for restringing will usually be included. If not, check out online tutorials or youtube.com to learn how.
- Most strings are made of a solid steel core. Violin strings are going to have a particular playing length and are scaled to fit a certain size violin.
What are the extra costs?
- If you are not confident in restringing the violin yourself, a music shop might be able to do it for you for $20-$40. If you are taking lessons, your teacher may offer to do it free of charge.
Tips to know:
- You’re going to get what you pay for if you’re going to consider purchasing cheaper strings. Be sure to invest into a string package that isn’t on the lower end in terms of pricing. With cheaper strings, many find them that they break easier as well as sound out of tune.
- If you currently have a teacher assisting you with violin lessons, ask for a recommendation in terms of brands. There is a good chance that this teacher has been working with strings for many years now.
Top brands to consider:
- Super Sensitive
How can I save money?
- One way to save money is to buy your strings in bulk. Multi-packs are generally cheaper per set of strings than individual sets.
- Check with various retailers online as many will offer discounted rates as well as offer clearance prices on brands that are overstocked and/or outdated.
- It may not be necessary to replace each and every string at one time. Instead, one string may only have to be replaced. Some brands may color code the strings to show you what note it is, making it very easy for a beginner to note which one needs to be replaced.