Thomastik is one of the most established string brands whose history dates back to the early 20th century. Starting in 1919 Dr. Franz Thomastik (luthier and Doctor of Philosophy) did his systematic research into materials together with Otto Infeld, an engineer.
Eventually Dr. Thomastik chose steel as material for the development of new strings. The advantages of this material lay in the resulting tuning stability, the imperviousness to climatic changes, as well as in its significantly longer lifespan. On the basis of the Austrian patent (No. 69060 – flat wire winding of Dr. Thomastik filed August 15th, 1914) and after many years of joint effort steel strings had been successfully manufactured. In 1926 strings of respectable quality were developed for all string instruments, from the violin to the contrabass.
Today, Thomastik-Infeld and its 200 employees produce about 3,000 various strings for stringed and plucked instruments in the very heart of Vienna, the City of Music. 97 % of the yearly produced units are exported to more than 90 countries all over the world. A strong international focus and the continuing enlargement of business relations remain an essential component of the strategy of Thomastik-Infeld.