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Thomastik-Infeld Austrian strings play every tune

Close-up of guitar © photocase.com/Fasserhaus

© photocase.com/Fasserhaus

23. June 2008

From the New York Philharmonic Orchestra to international Jazz greats like George Benson, top musicians around the world swear by strings from Vienna, Austria.  

Musicians of every calibre around the world swear by each of these strings that come out of the fifth district in Vienna - and so it has been since 1919 when violin maker Franz Thomastik and engineer Otto Infeld founded the company Thomastik-Infeld . The two of them developed tone-stable, durable, affordable steel strings, those which would over time, replace the then predominant gut strings. The international success of Thomastik-Infeld was sealed during the sixties, when the then unknown violin students Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zuckerman created another innovation for the company - strings with a nylon core. Both went on to become soloists of world reknown and with them, the strings as well.

Today, 200 employees produce around 3,000 different types of strings, 97% of which are exported.  The company turned over EUR 17 million last year, and working closely with international music legends is an on-going ingredient of their success. Thomastik products are trusted by Glenn Dicterow, concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and Jazz legend George Benson among many others. All the strings are manufactured in Vienna by hand, which guarantees the world market leaders unassailable quality.

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