Choosing the tension: light, normal or superior?

There are no scientific criteria that can predict what is the best tension for our instrument. It would be like guessing how many spoons of sugar a stranger might want in his coffee. It is indeed a personal choice. In the process of choosing the optimal tension, there are several factors at play, like the type and model of the instrument, the personal sensibility, the touch and the hand of the performer. Generally speaking, if there is no previous experience, it is advised to start with a normal tension setting. Once the strings are installed and stabilized, it is possible to try and raise or lower the intonation of a half-tone, in order to understand if a Superior or Light tension could better satisfy the player’s necessities. All our Normal tension sets are within the mean values of Normal tensions produced by other string makers (very similar values in Kg per string)