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Thomastik-Infeld released a new set of strings. They are synthetic and retail for an astonishingly low $20.
On the Thomastik website they say that "You will love their instant response, supple playability and colorful tone." They have a very similar color scheme as the Dominants and Infeld sets with an all grey color at the peg end. It is pretty much the reverse of the Spirit strings that were released earlier this year.
The E-string is tin plated and seems similar to the tim plated E that was released for the Dominant set recently.
The feeling of these strings makes me think of a high quality synthetic. They remind me of a Vision string feeling thin under the fingers but not high tension. The tension is very similar to Dominant strings and would not choke an instrument that prefers strings with a lighter tension.
The tone is on the brighter side, but nothing that you would normally expect form a "student" string. The complexity is not as rich as you might expect from an Infeld or Dominant string. The Clarity of sound is a nice change from some of the very rich strings I have tested lately.
Don't expect these to be your string of choice if you plan to play over a full orchestra. They are not dull by any means and the E string does sing very well but I feel that they have mellowed out my instrument more than given it a boost.
If these strings were in the $60 range I would say they are a good choice for anyone looking for a cleaner and brighter synthetic string. For $20 I have nothing but praise for this set. I do not see any reason to not recommend these to a student or professional looking to experiment.
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