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"Good improvisation communicates harmonic progression melodically. Effective melodies manipulate harmonic content through the use of guide tones and preparatory gravity notes, masterfully woven in systematic tension, release, and transparent harmonic definition."



Thomastik Strings
Sorry for the inconvenience, but we are no longer stocking Thomastik strings.


New Packaging 7/2007
(New Packaging 7/2007)



Question: Why are Thomastik strings different than other brands in their gauging?

Kevin Reynolds, of Connolly & Co.Sons, USA Distributor of Thomastik-Infeld weighs in with this response:

"This is one of those things that can get sorta dicey as there is no 'industry standard' that says something like, 'light strings should all have ABC tension and be XYZ gauge while mediums should be...' etc. Materials aside, if you look at the strings' individual tensions and the sets' overall tension, it will tell you more than looking at a brands' diameters. More tension will move an instrument's top more and usually this equals more volume. We're not conditioned to look at string tensions although it makes more sense, especially since there's no standard." Bear in mind, T-I strings will generally run a little lighter overall that many others. We recommend the medium sets for all but the "claw & smack" players. (If you use J62s or EXP74, get medium, if you use J74 or EXP75 get heavy)

Apart from the plain mandolin E string, these strings are made of tin-plated silver steel, flat wound with chrome steel wire and finely polished. Their elastic, steel alloy core has a high inertia to musical vibration. On the instrument, the mandolin strings sound clear and brilliant, with no metallic twang. The string's structure has been optimized for tremolo play. This string set responds well to fast changes of fingering. Tuning is stable and the strings are durable.

SAVE! Check out a possible alternative, if you like the Thomastiks but prefer a little more "ping" to the tone, and a less expensive alternative (less than half the price): Labella JM-11 Strings.


Sorry for the inconvenience, but we are no longer stocking Thomastik strings.
154 (mittle or medium) .010 = 17.42lbs. .015 = 15.43 .021 = 15.43 .033 = 15.43 Total tension = 63.71lbs. (127.42 w/sympathy strings)
154ST (stark or hard) .011 = 21.83lbs. .016 = 18.74 .022 = 17.64 .034 = 17.64 Total tension = 75.85lbs. (151.7 w/sympathy strings)

154K BALL END! for electric players
.010 = 17.42lbs. .015 = 15.43 .021 = 15.43 .033 = 15.43
Total tension = 63.71lbs. (127.42 w/sympathy strings)



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Sorry for the inconvenience, but we are no longer stocking Thomastik strings.


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