Have you ever picked up an instrument and wondered what strings were on it? We have so many wonderful options from so many manufacturers that it can be difficult to know what’s what. Thomastik, Pirastro, D’Addario, Larsen, Jargar, etc – each manufacturer does things a little differently. Sometimes, even more confusingly, they do them very similarly! One thing we hear from students is that their teacher told them to get “the purple strings”. While we often look at the silking color by the tailpiece, in this case “the purple strings” are purple at the peg end – the nearly ubiquitous Thomastik Dominant strings. Cellists can spot the gold and navy colors of Larsen strings from across the room while professional violinists know the green and black of Pirastro Evah Pirazzi strings. The new Thomastik Versum cello strings have a beautiful shade of solid green for the tailpiece end silking. What are some of your favorites?