What do people use to string their prima balalaikas? Are .040" nylon and
0.011" steel strings still normal?
Why is Bella selling an all-steel string set for the balalaika? I have a
balalaika that came with them, and I found it unusable until I put nylon
You have a couple of choices, and yes, .040 and .011 are good
substitutes. Typically this is a guitar steel string at .011 and
nylon/gut classical E strings for the .040's. You might want to look on
eBay for Gospodin Muzikant strings, both regular and carbon (Карбон),
made in Russia, high-quality strings, a little more pricey, but much
better than stuff like Bella! Why would Bella sell all strings? For the
tourist balalaikas that are so prevalent in the West, and they should
BTW, the Gospodin Muzikant strings are measured in mm and the carbon
ones measure at 0.30 (German Steel) and 0.86 (Carbon).