Getting Rondo Strings if your local shop doesn't carry them?
Aside from a 6-hour road trip, is there a way to order Rondo strings? My local shop doesn't carry them at this time. I know Connolly music, the US distributor, has them on their website. I recently bought some other strings on Amazon that were counterfeit, so I'd prefer to use an only portal to a brick-and-mortar violin shop only.
I have always purchased my sets from Connolly.
Jamie, thank you. Do you like them?
When you sign up for the luthier strings program, you’re required to agree not to advertise the strings online or sell them by mail order. Unless you buy them directly from Connolly at full retail, you have to go to a shop that carries them.
There were a handful of places in the UK that would sell on-line, but only if you got a large quantity. Don't know if Thomastik has persuaded them to change that policy, but it might be worth a web search.
I don’t see why you could not call up a local luthier, give them your credit card
Our shop had not heard of them. I asked about them today while buying a set of PIs.
I guess I was suggesting you redefine what’s local. If you can call around and find a shop that carries them you can order, they just can’t advertise. (Or put them on the web.)
None of my local shops carry them. I originally got them in Chicago, and I've ordered subsequent ones from Connolly.
There's also the official TI online store (ships from Croatia though).
I would like to try the Rondo strings as well as the fairly new Timbre strings but if I cannot purchase them conveniently then I will pick other brands.
They sell them at Paganino.
I’m happy to order from Connolly or another shop, thanks everyone. I am hoping my shop decides to carry them but it’s a small shop.
Timbre is easily orderable online also, direct from Warchal. I got my strings promptly.
Aren’t you in the DC area, Lydia? I have Rondo, TI, and Timbre strings. Not all the shops here have them, but you can get them!
eBay might be an option.
really bad idea, too many fakes
Rich, I am! My usual local shop is Potters; I've talked to them in the past about carrying more Warchal strings as well as Rondos. Their Warchal inventory is hit-or-miss, and they've never carried either Timbres or Rondos, at least pre-pandemic. (I'm only rarely at Gailes, Brobst or Lashof due to distance; I live in Bethesda.)
Will do, thanks! (I currently have spare sets from Connolly I'm going through.)
Thomastik Rondo and Ti strings can now be purchased online through Thomastik US importer, Connolly.
What's the hype with these strings? There are too many sets out there, which aren't "luthier only".
Is "luthier only" a marketing ploy, or is there something genuinely deeper behind it?
I dislike that they offer near zero options for the violinist-only one tension, only silver D, etc. They should be doing well due to Dominant, Pi, and word of mouth reputation, and probably do sound fine, but I will never try them. For Thomastik, I think Dominants are more than great enough, though I am sure that is a minority opinion nowadays.
They are higher tension than Evah Pirazzi, so people must really need tension.
I'm with David. I don't understand the excitement over yet another set of violin strings, especially when this "luthier only" crap is just marketing. Why don't they make them twice as expensive too? That'll
I've read somewhere, Thomastik say that they made this strigns exclusive to luthiers to support them as professionals, giving them exclusive strings that only they can sell to costumers, but they are strings as any other. There's no "luthier magic".
David's remark about the very high tension of Rondos offers me a clue to the answer to my question: With some violins, especially the old, the setup, including bridge, sound post, and perhaps the bass bar, would need to be changed to handle those ultra-high tensions, changes which could not be safely left to the unskilled ministrations of non-luthiers.
According to the tension charts from the manufacturers, it looks like Rondo and EP tensions are basically identical.
Its not whether you feel like they are high tension, its how your violin feels!
If David Duarte’s numbers are right, the standard Rondo set is almost the same as Evah in tension. The real difference comes if you use the chrome A and/or E. I haven’t used the chrome A much and never use the E string. Thus, using Rondo with the aluminum A and a Goldbrokat E, the overall tension is not higher than Evah and the sound is vastly improved.
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