The String Vault

Young string players around the world face numerous obstacles, but one of the most challenging is acquiring strings to play on. In many parts of the world, they are either completely unavailable or cost-prohibitive - a set of cello strings can cost more than a month's wages. In Cuba & other countries, we have even seen strings made from the steel treads in tires.

Fortunately, there is an easily-overlooked solution: used strings. Most professional string players change their strings long before the strings are worn out; these may have several years of use left in them and are perfect for passing on.

As part of its ongoing international projects, the Tropikordia Foundation has partnered with numerous professional string players to ensure an ongoing supply of used strings. All of our collected strings are provided to young string players for free. By our founding principles, 100% of all contributions goes directly and completely to string players worldwide. We have no paid staff, and all U.S. and international administrative work is done by the founders or volunteers, who donate their time and resources.

If you would like to participate in this project, please contact us. Because of your support, young violinists, violists, and cellists around the world have the opportunity to fully engage their musical talents.