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Thomastik Dominant cello strings have a broad sound that's rich in overtones. These strings are designed to bring you all the timbral qualities of traditional gut strings with none of the drawbacks and all of the advantages offered by modern string-making. The strings radiate sound with none of the metallic qualities that are often heard in metal strings. A further advantage of modern string making that Dominants possess is their extreme resistance to temperature change, meaning that these strings will retain their tuning even in the most trying of conditions.
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The materials can have a great effect on the sound a string produces. This is why string makers will design their strings to produce certain timbres or to complement certain instruments. Dominants are no exception, all cello Dominants have a synthetic core which is preferred for its similarity to gut in tone but, unlike gut, it holds its tuning more reliably and is more durable.
All the strings are wound with chromium-nickel steel (chrome). Pure chromium is brittle and not conducive to string making, so Thomastik adds nickel to allow for string making. The resultant sound is darker than other materials and much better for the range that the cello occupies.
Silver wound C and G strings (full-size instruments only) are also available as alternative strings to the standard chrome wound strings. These are available as individual strings and provide a little less darkness than the chrome wound strings. This is ideal if your instrument is naturally quite dark and you want to brighten up the strings a little bit.
These strings are available in sizes from full size (4/4) all the way down to 1/8 size. Such a variety is quite uncommon on strings often seen in professional circles and makes these strings accessible to all players. Thomastik stresses the importance of getting the correct size and recommends you check your instrument's measurements before purchasing your strings. Thomastik measures their strings according to vibrating string length.
Measuring this is simple, you measure from the nut (top of the fingerboard) to where the strings meet the bridge. This is the length of the string that freely vibrates so, therefore, is the vibrating string length. Cellos are usually pretty uniform with their sizing, unlike violas and basses, but it is always a good idea to check your instrument's measurements in this way to ensure that you can find the string size that matches your instrument as closely as possible.