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Orchestral String instruments are categorized in a similar fashion as four-part vocal ensembles (Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass). The Violin carries the highest tonal range, followed by the Viola, the Cello and the Double Bass (lowest range). Since the 1500s, these instruments have helped write and shape the history of our musical evolution. Today’s modern string instrument hasn’t evolved much from its humble origins. In fact many of the designs and manufacturing traditions have remained relatively unchanged over the centuries. But the increased manufacturing ability has given way to more accessible instruments that share traditions with the extremely expensive vintage violins. One particular interesting evolution in the orchestral string market is the development of electric instruments. Utilizing a similar technology to electric guitars, the electric violins, electric violas and electric cellos provide performers the same freedom as guitar players to control their tone in settings that may be challenging for an acoustic instrument. This is especially notable as several violinists such as Boyd Tinsley (Dave Matthews Band) and Regina Carter (Yani) have made the transition to performing with pop and rock groups exclusively on electric instruments. Whether you already own a stringed instrument or are looking into learning one for the first time, The Woodwind & Brasswind carries today's top instruments at the lowest prices. Grab the accessories you need too: cases, instrument bows, bow rosin, strings, chin rests, mutes, humidifiers, violin and cello pickups, and replacement parts—we have them all here!