Prelude Viola Strings


  • The world’s best-selling steel core string
  • Engineered for unparalleled longevity and durability
  • Balanced tension for a comfortable feel
  • Great for classical, fiddle, jazz, and alternative styles
  • All D’Addario strings are designed, engineered, and manufactured in the USA
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Prelude Viola strings are the educator’s preferred choice for student strings due to their unique blend of warm tone, durability, and value. Prelude strings have the warmest sound available in an affordable, solid steel core string design. Unaffected by temperature and humidity changes, they have excellent bow response.

In comparison, Prelude Viola strings are similar to Pirastro Piranito, Thomastik Prazision and Prim Viola strings.

Prelude viola strings are sized by the instrument’s body length in inches. To measure your viola to determine the size string your instrument needs: Turn the instrument over and measure its body length along its longest axis (not including the neck or scroll). Then, select the appropriate size string based on that measurement here:

12” = Extra-Extra-Short Scale
13”-14” = Extra-Short Scale
14”-15” = Short Scale
15”-16” = Medium Scale
16”-17” = Long Scale
17”+ = Extra Long Scale

If you measure 15.5″ for instance, you will need a medium scale D’Addario viola string (for instruments 15″ to 16″ inches in length). 

NOTE: The instrument sizes on our website are recommendations only. 

D'Addario Viola String Size

Extra Extra Short Scale for 12" Violas, Extra Short Scale for 13" to 14" Violas, Long Scale for 16" to 17" Violas, Medium Scale for 15" to 16" Violas, Short Scale for 14" to 15" Violas

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