NAMM Show 2018: Thomastik-Infeld launches Alphayue Viola and Cello strings

Following the introduction of Alphayue Violin strings in 2015, Thomastik-Infeld has announced a new range of strings for viola and cello at the Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim.

The process of finding the most suitable set of strings for an instrument can be an expensive one. Thomastik-Infeld has made this process easier by combining advanced materials with sophisticated designs, all at an affordable price point.

Designed with students and new players in mind, Alphayue strings vastly improve the sound of even the most basic student instruments.

ALPHAYUE for Cello:

“When looking for ideal strings for a cello, common issues are shrill A strings and dark, dull G & C cello strings,” said Bernhard Rieger, in charge of developing cello strings at Thomastik-Infeld Vienna.

The customised Hydronalium winding makes the Alphayue cello A string thicker, leading to a very gentle feeling on your fingers as well as immediate playability. This combination of materials also delivers a distinctive warm sound with well-aimed focus offering new possibilities previously impossible to achieve at this level.

“The experience of joy in playing is the essence of Alphayue – defined by beautiful balance across all strings, instant response and effortless modulation,” said the string makers. “The strings quickly perk up to their full sound potential and impress with great tuning stability. Unaffected by temperature, humidity changes and perspiration – they are also long lasting!”

ALPHAYUE for Viola:

A high-tech synthetic core married with renowned Thomastik-Infeld quality delivers a rich, sophisticated sound palette impossible to achieve with steel core strings. The strings are wound with Monel.

Thomastik-Infeld’s head of engineering explained: “Over 17 years ago Thomastik-Infeld introduced the use of Monel in string development. Monel is a natural alloy, impervious to perspiration and suited for artists with a nickel allergy.”

With their lower tension, Alphayue Viola strings are more left-hand friendly and place less stress on instruments than other strings.

Thomastik-Infeld Alphayue strings are available in the UK from exclusive distributors Barnes & Mullins from February.


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