Thomastik to Release New 'Dynamo' Violin Strings in mid-March

February 15, 2023, 2:49 PM · Thomastik-Infeld today announced the release of a new violin strings, Dynamo, which will be available in mid-March.

Thomastik-Infeld Dynamo Strings
Packaging for Thomastik-Infeld's new 'Dynamo' strings.

The violin string set includes a carbon steel, multi-layer/tin-plated E; with synthetic-core A, D and G strings. The A string is wound with aluminum, and the D and G strings wound with silver.

The company describes the strings as sounding similar to the popular Dominant Strings in terms of focus, but more brilliant. Here is how they put them on the chart Thomastik's other brands of strings:

Thomastik-Infeld strings comparison chart
Thomastik-Infeld strings comparison chart, provided by Thomastik-Infeld.

In their promotional materials, Thomastik write that the "Dynamo" strings "offer a broad sound and an excellent response," that they have "a wide dynamic range and you can modulate sound colors all along to their full extent," and that "they sound great on most old and most new instruments."

Here is a review from Michael O'Gieblyn from Fiddlershop:

And here are some quotes (provided by Thomastik) from several violinists who have tried the strings:

“The sound quality of the 'Dynamo' set remains at the level of a new set until the end of their lifetime," said violinist Sergei Dogadin, winner of the Joachim International Violin Competition in Hannover (2015), Singapore International Violin Competition (2018), and most recently the XVI Tchaikovsky International Competition (2019).

"The new Thomastik-Infeld 'Dynamo' strings are, in my eyes, revolutionary," said violinist Fedor Rudin, a soloist who won tops prizes at the Premio Paganini and George Enescu competitions.

"The 'Dynamo' strings allow my violin to develop a new depth of sound. The spectrum of tone colors becomes considerably more complex while the sound remains constant," said Daniel Stoll, violinist of the Vision String Quartet.

I have not personally tried these strings - but they hit the market next month. Be sure to tell us what you think, if you try them!

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February 16, 2023 at 08:33 AM · I can't help wondering if the world needs yet another brand of soap powder, or would deodorant be a closer simile?

February 16, 2023 at 02:17 PM · I know— I am now liking Rondo and was just weighing the idea of trying Pros. Or even the original Dominant again. Now we have yet another option…

February 16, 2023 at 02:44 PM · I can't imagine why they need so many different flavours of perlon strings. It's the same technology and I'm sure such a large company is aware of the paradox of choice.

Maybe just to boost sales of the new set for a brief moment, while the hype is on?

February 16, 2023 at 03:31 PM · It is kind of funny they feel the need to create a graphic to illustrate the differences between their strings. I see the point of the people who think there are too many. However, I think the company should be commended. Variety increases the palette available to musicians. In my view it is a wholly good thing.

February 16, 2023 at 04:37 PM · The cost of about $142 for a set (from e.g. Concord, Johnson, etc.) seems excessively high.

February 17, 2023 at 12:59 PM · Price seems kind of excessive, no?

I wonder why we need another

"new" string even though it's still perlon. Perhaps a bit different chemsitry, but perlon none-the-less

February 17, 2023 at 02:00 PM · I'm reading/hearing what others are saying, "Do we really NEED another...?" Good question. What comes to my mind is, "Who are they trying to 'target'?" Younger string players who are preferring the sound & qualities these strings provide? Older players that due to age related health problems (as for myself I have rotater cuff damage to both shoulders especially my bowing arm plus arthritis)? Or that People like "new" things? Why this set and not others, how is this 'better' or provides what others do not?

The only thing that I 'can' be sure of, is that someone is going to like these over what is also available, perhaps even swear by them ( of course there will be others that will swear AT them) and will use only these.

February 17, 2023 at 04:09 PM · I totally understand the "New String Fatigue" most of you are expressing.

However, if I may challenge your thinking, who would say, "Oh, not another movie?! They already made 'Rocky!' if you want to watch a movie, just go watch 'Rocky.'"

It's a great movie, but I've seen it. If I'm going to watch another movie, why not watch "Fast and the Furious 37?" I've never seen anybody drive a car out of a plane, land it on a train, then into a submarine, that sounds interesting!

I get it, strings are a lot more expensive than a movie ticket, but they last a lot longer than a movie, or a dozen eggs (have you seen what those cost lately?)

February 17, 2023 at 04:21 PM · @Michael O'Gieblyn; LOL! Point well taken.(Love tone/sound of your violin by the way) How many eggs do you want for a set? A dear friend of mine has chickens. OK, Just kidding. So here's another question. The two sets that my violin works the best with is Dominant/light gauge (My violin projects like a monster, why I use lights) and Passione/medium. What does this tell 'you' and what could I expect with this new set of strings? What would this have to offer that the other two do not. I understand that this is hypothetical because neither of us will know until the set is on my violin and they have stabilized.

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