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oldguy
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December 20, 2011 - 10:43 pm
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I just ordered a Bendini 650. What strings do you recommend for old time, country and bluegrass?dunno

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Are you sure you mean Bendini OR Mendini? 

Where did you order from?

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I meant mendini from kk music .

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Fiddlerman
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December 21, 2011 - 4:44 pm
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Well it' not all about what kind of music you want to play but lot's of fiddlers like to use steel core for the brilliance in sound.
They work fine as long as you don't have to apply a lot of pressure.
Some suggestions would be Helicore though they are kind of expensive.
"Fiddle" and "Prelude" from D'Addario.
For a warmer sound you need to try synthetic core strings and the Zyex strings are fantastic. Powerful and warm. Unfortunately very expensive as great strings tend to be. For much less money you can get Pro-Arte which I'll be testing after my Christmas gigs.
There are some cheap synthetic core strings such as Startright but I've heard some bad things about them. Has anyone here tried them?

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I recently put on a set of Black Diamond 7207 which are mentioned favorably around the internet.  I think I saw a price of $18 and change.

They were the best ever on my violin for fiddle sound but not the best sounding strings I ever used.

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Which strings have you tried and which were the best sounding strings for you Oliver?

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I have been on a Helicore kick for both the acoustic and e-violin.  I briefly had the Black Diamond 7207 on the acoustic but I wanted the Helicores back for testing (the new pickup).

Super Sensitive old fiddler series were terrible (Red Label?).

Tonicas were also OK but not as good as Helicore on the e-violin.

I never liked Dominants or Pro-Arte on the acoustic but I'm not sure why.

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PS  I should say that I think the Black Diamond 7207 at $18-27 are a great buy and very good strings for a fiddle sound.  I may even adopt them for regular use.

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Fiddlerman said

There are some cheap synthetic core strings such as Startright but I've heard some bad things about them. Has anyone here tried them?

 

I have tried Startright and at first they seemed real good but as time goes on the get dead.  I don't know how to describe it but they just can't produce any volume and it takes a lot to get any sound from them.  When they were first put on they workeed great though.  I don't know of problems others have had but this is what I find with them.

 

Let me know what you heard from others on these strings. Maybe it's just me.

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Coincidence ?

The Strartright are perlon (I think) and I find them at just over $10.  That's cheap.

It so happens that Shar sells a (Chinese) perlon for $9.99 ..... They are called Overture.

With labeling as it is I bet there is a relationship here.

I have a set of Overtures in my dead string box.  They were horrible.

I got what I paid for.

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My daughter wanted to buy me strings for Christmas but when she looked at all the different strings she said she would wait until after Christmas and have me buy a set.  As she put it buy a good set not the cheap ones.

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Maybe you are familiar with this site ?

http://www.violinist.com/wiki/.....n-strings/

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I forgot about Prim. They are even Swedish made strings 🙂
I can get them to you for around $30.

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It occurred to me that I was at a fiddlers convention last year (Boone, NC) and the "star" of the luthiers room was a regular fiddle with Prelude strings!

Even the builder was surprised.

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It's actually a great idea though we get the best results off of brand new fresh strings.

Have you had a chance to try my old Dominants Barry? I'll be curious to see what you think.

And what Barry says about some strings sounding good on some instruments and not so good on others is extremely accurate. There are of course strings that sound good on more instruments than others. 🙂

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Every fiddle (and fiddler) seems to like a certain kind of strings, and when you find the right ones the difference is immediately apparent, or has been so for me.

The difference in sound after changing the strings on my cheap Chinese fiddle was incredible! Turns out it didn't like the Dominants (the blonde fiddle doesn't either) but Helicore mediums made it sing like a Real Fiddle. The blonde fiddle likes Zyex mediums the best, but the Black Diamonds aren't bad.

I've tried the StartRight strings and they sound flabby and weak on both fiddles. The price is right so I couldn't resist trying.

I was lucky enough to get some strings from a member of the Fiddle Hangout forum - she had half a dozen fiddles and was trying different strings to see what worked for each instrument. The "rejects" she offered up to others for free as you can't really do anything else with gently used fiddle strings. I sent a few sets on to a member here a few months ago and would do so again if I had any spares at the moment smile

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