Infeld Red Violin String Set
Infeld Red strings are a quick settling, focused string ideal for producing excellent tonal expression.
The Infeld Red by Thomastik produces more of a dark sound on the majority of violins, whilst the blue set will tend to bring out the instrument’s brilliance. Tonal balance, playing characteristics at any given position and string response are excellent throughout. This is possible due to homogenous string tension at various pitches and design parameters which balance the overall behaviour of the set irrespective of the combination of strings.
Recommendations and Tips from the manufacturer:
For optimal response after putting on a set of Infeld strings, all the strings should be cleaned before playing with a dry cloth. A microfibre cloth is especially recommended. To enhance stability and readiness for concert use, each string should be slightly warmed after being changed and tuned up by sliding your thumb up and down the string about five times, applying light pressure. The instrument should then be re-tuned and this process repeated three times. Bowing near the bridge with considerable pressure (up bow and down bow about five times each) will make the strings ready for concert use in the shortest time possible. Experience has shown that strings prepared in this way can be made concert-ready in as little as two to three hours. However it should be noted that these preparatory measures can shorten the sonic life span of the strings and should only be used if circumstances demand the shortest possible preparatory time.
The strings put on first should be the ones whose tonal characteristics (mellow or brilliant) the player considers more important for his or her instrument. It should be noted that on particular instruments a given string may respond differently than one would expect. For example, the brilliant G string (blue) can produce a brilliant or dark sound depending on the instrument, since sometimes the frequency characteristics of the violin itself do not match those of the string.