Violin string test in Flensburg

At Larsen Strings we always involve musicians in our string development process. Some weeks ago, we had the pleasure of testing strings together with three musicians from Flensburg during a 4 hours’ session. Trying strings with musicians is an important phase of Larsen Strings’ development process. Even though we have acquired a good understanding of how different materials affect different strings, to really get to know if we are on the right path, we need to work with musicians.

In a first step we tried strings with Kerrin Bohn, who has a beautiful bright sounding instrument. Kerrin played Larsen Original strings, and was happy to rely on the mellow sound these strings provide. By the end of the session, however, she had switched to the Tzigane strings. Besides bringing warmth of tone, the Tzigane strings added a new radiance to her instrument: a warm, carrying spectrum of overtones.

Afterwards, we tried strings with Anja Sommerer, who has helped us many times over the last few years. For some time, Anja played our Virtuoso strings, but this time we had new strings for her. And she liked them so much, she couldn’t stop playing.

To finish the session, we tried strings with Anna-Maria Kotani, who plays a French instrument. Anna-Maria’s final choice fell on the Virtuoso strings.

Why do we keep on developing new strings?

Because we believe that, through research, we can develop strings that will bring new possibilities to musicians. Whether we strive to improve the projection, the palette of colours or the durability of the strings, our goal is always to respond to the special needs of the musicians we meet, and we know that musicians in their creative quest are always searching for new sources of inspiration.

Thank you to all three violinists, Kerrin Bohn, Anja Sommerer and Anna-Maria Kotani, for giving us some of your precious time and especially for your valuable feedback.

We couldn’t do it without you!

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The new Magnacore® Arioso strings provide an exceptional opportunity of creating a beautiful, wide and sophisticated sound at a lower tension level

By: Tobias Krutz, a German violinmaker and cellist from Düsseldorf

The new Larsen Magnacore® Arioso C and G strings are great and powerful and have at the same time a “round” sound. Each string instrument needs a specific tension level to balance its inner resistance. Often an overload of tension reduces the vibrating capacity of the instrument. This is where the new Magnacore® Arioso strings provide a unique opportunity of creating a beautiful, wide and sophisticated sound at a lower tension level. Especially the upper strings gain freedom and volume from the lower tension level.

To read the entire article, originally in German, please visit: http://geigenbau-krutz.de/saitenspannung-und-der-einfluss-auf-das-instrument-neue-larsen-magnacore-arioso/

 

 

Thank you, Tobias, for this very nice contribution to our blog. We couldn’t do it without you!

 

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The Danish Violinmakers Association “Violinbyggernes Mesterlaug i Danmark” visiting Larsen Strings

Recently we had the pleasure of welcoming the Danish Violinmakers Association (“Violinbyggernes Mesterlaug i Danmark”) here at Larsen Strings. The Association held their annual general meeting in Sønderborg and subsequently made a visit to Larsen Strings.

Hand in hand with violinmakers

How we make strings, how we ensure a consistent quality and how our strings may affect their instruments. This is what we wanted to share with the Danish violinmakers, hoping in this way to help them acquire an even better understanding of how strings react to different instruments, allwith the ambition of offering the best possible support to musicians.

From raw material to the packing of strings…

As a first step we looked at the preparation of the different core materials, whether synthetic, solid steel or multi-stranded steel core. We then discussed the making of the strings: How materials and manufacturing are carefully monitored to ensure that strings have consistent quality. Going further, we showed them how the strings are tested and fitted with the Larsen color codes to be ready for packing, sealing and distribution.

We are happy to be part of it!

Thank you very much to the Danish Violinmakers Association for giving us the opportunity to show you what we do and for your most important feedback. Musicians use your instruments and our strings to make music to the benefit of the listeners. We are happy and very proud to be a link in this process.

Thank you for stopping by. We couldn’t do it without you, the violinmakers.

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