Highlights 2015: Larsen Strings’ 25th anniversary year

Our 25th anniversary year is drawing to an end, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing Larsen Strings.

In 2015, we launched a revised version of our website and a new blog, all with the purpose of offering additional layers of information. Read about the blog and our aim to establish a community where string players and others with an interest in strings can join the conversation and share their thoughts: blog.larsenstrings.com.

Furthermore, to give a better understanding of how our strings can contribute to your instrument, we have developed a number of videos, which we hope will support and guide you in the search of the perfect set-up. Read more about our videos or even better, take a look at them via You-Tube  or our website.

Certainly, our 25th company anniversary was the highlight of the year. In June, we had the pleasure of celebrating this milestone with business partners and friends. Thank you to everybody who in one way or the other contributed to making the anniversary an unforgettable event. Read about Larsen Strings’ 25 years of history, or watch our anniversary video.

Finally, what made 2015 another special year is the contact we have with you, the musicians – who support us over and over again by playing so wonderfully on our strings.

To learn more about the artists with whom we have the pleasure of cooperating, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus or read our blog.

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As always, we are working continuously with optimization of our existing strings and with the development of new strings, and we look forward to 2016 with high expectations.

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How to make an instrument sing

Dieter Göltl, assistant solo cellist at the NDR Symphony Orchestra in Hamburg came by with his Sacconi cello from 1926.

Over the years, Larsen Strings has enjoyed very good collaboration with the cello section of the NDR Symphony Orchestra, and Mr. Göltl who had noticed the enthusiasm of his colleagues and the result of our efforts with their instruments was now ready to meet us.

Mr. Göltl had been using the same string set-up for many years and was quite satisfied with it. However, he remembered that his instrument some 15 years earlier had a distinctly more open sound and feeling. At  that time when he had just acquired the instrument, it was in a very bad condition. His violinmaker replaced the bass bar and after this the instrument stayed somehow closed and oppressed.

When Mr. Göltl came to Larsen Strings the instrument was still beautiful but not perfectly balanced. The G and D strings were weaker than the higher and lower strings. Furthermore, Mr. Göltl used a dampening rubber ring under the A string at the bridge. At the end of our session the Sacconi cello had four Larsen Magnacore strings, and the rubber ring under the A string had become redundant. Mr. Göltl could suddenly recognize his instrument from 15 years earlier; he recognized the sound and feeling of the instrument. The instrument had regained its freedom and it was able to breathe. When being played by its owner it was actually singing.

Thank you Mr. Göltl for your visit. We hope to hear from you again soon.

 

If you want to know more about the Larsen Magnacore strings, please visit our homepage for factsheet, testimonials, etc.

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Larsen Strings A/S is celebrating its 25th Anniversary

It started with experiments in a garage in Sønderborg. On 25 June 2015 Larsen Strings A/S is celebrating its 25th Anniversary as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of strings for bowed instruments.

Back in 1990 Laurits Th. Larsen, then a violinist at the South Denmark Philharmonic, was contacted by a friend from the USA. The friend urgently needed some cello strings, but the delivery time from the producer was between 12 and 16 months.

– “I spontaneously answered something like ’Don’t worry, I’ll make you some’. And that promise was the beginning of Larsen Strings”, Laurits Th. Larsen says.

Laurits Th. Larsen worked hard to keep his promise, and after 18 months of experiments in the garage he was ready to present the result.

– Laurits Th. Larsen tells: “The responses were extremely positive – the rumour of my strings spread rapidly, and the demand continued to increase.”

At the beginning the production of strings was made on a 100 year old machine – since then development as well as production made a quantum leap. Not least due to the musician from Sønderborg who himself is behind the development of all the high technology machinery today producing Larsen strings for violin, viola and cello for the whole world.

’It’s all about people’

It is essential for Laurits Th. Larsen to underline the fact that for him the most important thing always was the personal relations in a branch demanding both a musical and a human good ear!

“Worldwide less than 10 companies produce strings at the same level as we do, and – as we use to say – ’it’s all about people’.  If there are no human relations in what we do – whether it is in development, in production or in the interaction with our customers and partners – we lose focus. When introducing new products we cannot sell a sound via the internet. We have to go out and meet our customers”, Laurits Th. Larsen says and he continues: “A good string could be compared with a tire – depending on the tire you choose, you can improve your hold on the road or your fuel efficiency, but as a string manufacturer the artistic goal is to create a string that gives the musician the highest degree of freedom to create his own expression.

With 25 years as a prominent figure not only of Larsen Strings A/S, but also the branch in general, the founder of Larsen Strings A/S passed a milestone last year, as he was 60. However, Laurits Th. Larsen has no plans to retire. “I will continue as long as I enjoy what we do.  And I have indeed enjoyed it and still do!”

 

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Danish folk music sound at Larsen Strings

Yesterday at Larsen Strings, the sound of local folk music resonated through our facilities: we had the visit of the famous Danish fiddler Harald Haugaard and one of his musical partners: Kirstine Elise Pedersen (cello). The two musicians came by to optimize the setup of their instruments.

Lthl og HH

We soon found out that trying strings with these musicians was mainly about contributing to their mutual collaboration. They fully understood the necessity of supplying one another with sound and to truly discover the sound characteristics of the strings they were playing together between every string shift. For Harald and Kirstine music is not just about the individual player but much more about creating artistic symbioses between players.Kirstine Elise Pedersen

As a first step we tried strings with Kirstine. Kirstine plays a modern German cello from Krattenmacher and the instrument was set up with A and D Soloist strong and G and C Magnacore medium. She felt that on her cello, the D string could not bring the same sound quality as the other strings of the setup. It was somehow muffled and covered. We changed the two upper strings to a Magnacore D strong and Magnacore A medium. It brought extra brilliance to the upper registers and a perfect balance to the instrument.

Harald and Kirstine

Subsequently, we moved on to the violin. Harald Haugaard plays a Klotz violin from Mittenwald. Harald explained that the Larsen Original for violin brings to him the sound characteristics needed for his music. The E string, however, was a challenge for him. Harald was looking for a more powerful E-string with a brighter sound. We gave him the golden experience. The Larsen original E-gold string solved his demand by bringing extra brilliance while still providing the characteristic structure of the violin sound.

It was very nice to get a first-hand experience of the freedom of playing that Harald and Kirstine have. Thank you both for your visit and hope to meet again soon.

 

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Testing Magnacore cello strings with Simon Morris and Larsen Strings

Here is the first in a series of many videos to come where we test strings with musicians, violin-makers and dealers. Please enjoy this video made at Beare’s in London. We hope it will bring you additional insights about the feeling, projection and sound of our strings.

Working with you to discover the soul of your instrument: We couldn’t do it without you!

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How to recognize a Larsen string?

How to tell the difference between Larsen strings once they are out of their bags?

Silk colour

Since the very first Larsen Cello A string came on the market, the yellow silk with blue thread symbolizes Larsen Strings.

However, to differentiate between the different string models and tension levels, Larsen Strings uses different silk colours, especially at the peg-end so it is possible to see whether a violinist plays a Tzigane medium or a Virtuoso® strong. To identify a Larsen string, please consult Larsen Strings A/S Silk colours.

Ball colours

Larsen Strings has a special way of differentiating between the first, second, third and fourth string. Where most producers use silk colours, Larsen Strings uses balls of different materials.

Larsen Strings I (Violin E, Viola A and Cello A) is made of brass. It has a rich golden colour.

Larsen Ball I Brass

Larsen Strings II (Violin A, Viola D, and Cello D) is made of chrome. It has a bright silver colour.

Larsen ball II Chrome

 

Larsen Strings III (Violin D, Viola G and Cello G) is made of copper. It has a reddish golden colour.

Larsen ball III Copper

 

Larsen Strings IV (Violin G, Viola C and Cello C) is black.

Larsen ball IV Black

 

Crown cello strings by Larsen

If you play the Crown strings, you will find out that all balls are made of brass. Crown, a brand acquired by Larsen Strings, has retained its original colour codes. To identify Crown, please consult Larsen Strings A/S Silk Colours.

Ball colours and Silk colours

Some people like the way we use balls to differentiate the strings, others find it difficult. We tend to believe that long-term it is easier to remember the ball colours than having a long list of colour codes when differentiating between the first, second, third and fourth string.

Please share your thoughts about balls and silk colours with us…

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Musik Messe Frankfurt 2015: It’s all about people

A long time ago, when I was still a viola student living in Hannover Germany, I used to dream of one day going to the music fair in Frankfurt. Some busy people told me, though, that it was only about business and not for musicians.

This year, I finally got the opportunity to visit the music fair, and strangely enough, I no longer work as a professional musician. I was visiting the fair with the Larsen Strings’ team. Was it a coincidence? The case called for an investigation.

My first impression of the exhibition

We started our fair activities with a round in the section attributed to string instruments. Visiting the music fair is more or less like window-shopping. You go through small streets all covered with booths. In every second booth, people are playing (anything from Sibelius Violin concerto to some ukulele tune). The hall is full of chaotic sounds from individual playing (I was secretly happy that I did not have to spend much time in the hall exhibiting trumpets and percussions).

Would all these people playing be an indication that the music fair is for musicians?

Meeting people

The rest of my visit was occupied with meetings. To sell and increase awareness of our strings we need dedicated distributors with a solid network of music-shops, violin-makers and musicians. It’s all about reducing the distance between us and the Larsen players: Because we couldn’t do it without you, the musicians, the violin-makers, the music-shops…

Is the fair for musicians or for business?

After a couple of days at the fair and even though I met many musicians, I soon understood the real nature of the fair: It is not only about music, and it is not only about businesses. For us the Musik Messe is all about people: Building on new relationships and strengthening others; meeting partners and friends.

It’s all about people

Attending meetings almost non-stop for two days, I still look forward to the opportunity of actually exploring the fair, e.g. looking into instruments, music-sheets, cases and other accessories. Maybe next year – and hope to see everyone again!

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Made with love and passion

Made with love and passion is not just another slogan. Larsen Strings thrives to produce strings that, to the widest extent possible, allow musicians to express nuances in the music, constantly reducing the distance between composer and audience. In fact, the founder and director of Larsen Strings, Laurits Th. Larsen himself, was playing the violin as a member of the South Danish Philharmonic before starting to produce strings. When, in 1999, he was asked why he attended all nine days of the Carl Nielsen International Violin Competition, Laurits Th. Larsen answered:

“I am deeply interested both in how all of these young talents play and which instruments they are playing. How they think, how they sound and how they cope with Danish music. If I was not deeply devoted to music, I would not be manufacturing strings. I still consider myself primarily a musician…”

The dedication of Larsen Strings to music is fundamental to its pursuits of developing, producing and globally market strings of the finest quality for bowed instruments.

And this is why we can truly affirm that every Larsen string is made with love and passion.

The purpose of this blog

We aim at establishing a community where string players and others with an interest in this field can share their thoughts. Discussing music, music making as well as general subjects of interest to string players, we hope to awake your interest in our community.

Being in the business of string making we have specific knowledge which we would like to share with you. It is therefore the intention of this blog to bring technical insight regarding strings and string instruments.

However, it takes people to form a community. Therefore, one of the focus of this blog are the people who play Larsen strings. Who are they, and why do they choose to play Larsen? Please join the discussion.

We couldn’t do it without you!

In order to fully understand the relationship between musician and listener we need you: Your comments, ideas, wishes, experience, maybe even your dreams… This blog is an invitation for you to take part in the journey towards the perfect match between musicians, instruments, strings, and listeners.

Please feel free to contribute as much as you like and become part of our community.

 

 

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