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Cecilio CEVN-2NA 4/4
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Strings broke while tuning new out of the box, if you get one of these be prepared to buy new string or at least be sure to check how they are installed before tuning.drooling

 

After I install new strings I'll update review. So far I'm not liking Cecilio.

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I broke the scroll on my first e-violin at KKmusicstore but they replaced the e- violin and I like it a lot with a little effects.

D'Addario has new strings out called NS violin strings and they were designed for electric violins. They are a stranded steel core and are very similar to Helicore. I'm actually putting some NSs on my e-fiddle right now. I use a Piastro Gold E string. I don't like the Cecilio strings that come with the violins.

 

Pasted from the Cecilio violin manual:

  • New strings may break after installation. If this happens be sure to take note of where the string broke. This can be caused by a variety of reasons:
    • A violin can develop a rough spot at the peg, the nut, or the fine tuner if the winding of the string is too close to the wall of the pegbox.
    • It may be under too much tension and stress, causIng it to snap.
  • If you are suffering from either slipping or tight pegs please see above for details of how to remedy the problem.
  • Remember that after you have put them on, strings will slowly deteriorate. Usually, within six months they start to lose much of their tone quality and begin to sound dull and dead. This occurs even if the violin is not being played. Even unused strings In their packages lose their quality after a while.
  • Often, trying different strings can make a significant contribution to improving the sound of your Instrument.
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Please let us know how the NS strings sound.  I have been looking at them for quite awhile now.  I just put the Pro-Arte on mine and what a difference but when these start to go I might like to try the NS.  I'm hoping for a more electric sound.  I used an overdrive amp but that was a little too much.  I do like the chorus or the echo. I don't have a distortion peddle yet but my birthday is coming up.

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If they broke at the peg then I should not put the zyexs on ??

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You probably over tuned (tuned too high) your e-violin and that's why the strings snapped. If you got a 2nd set of Cecilio strings you may want to try them again just to get to know how to tune correctly. I always turn the peg counter clockwise a little first then clockwise all in one motion to tune up.

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I agree with you here. You probably tuned it an octave too high or something. It is a fairly common mistake. Though you might be right of course. I am simply putting it out there. That it is possible :3


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You probably over tuned (tuned too high) your e-violin and that's why the strings snapped. If you got a 2nd set of Cecilio strings you may want to try them again just to get to know how to tune correctly. I always turn the peg counter clockwise a little first then clockwise all in one motion to tune up.

 

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January 24, 2012 - 7:27 pm
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They don't have good strings but they don't generally break they just sound like s@#t.

I just received an electric violin here for Sam and I must say that he will be extremely happy. Though when it arrived the bridge had fallen. This doesn't concern me but I can see how that can upset a beginner. I changed the strings for him and tail-piece as per what he ordered and it sounds fantastic. I can't wait for him to receive it and tell us about it. Will be shipping it tomorrow.

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What strings did you put on Sam's violin Pierre? The ones on my electric are ok for  now bit when  I play it where other people can hear it I want it to sound good. I got a cecilio electric for Christmas and the strings could definintly be better. 

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Sam bought my favorite strings, "Zyex".
If you have never tried them you should. Even playing for yourself you will notice how much easier they vibrate and project. I was able, once again, to see the enormous difference between cheep steel strings and quality synthetic strings.

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Yep FM the Zyex strings are great. I replaced 6mo Dominants on my acoustic fiddles and wow, love them. I'll have to try them on my Cecilio e-fiddle.

@kevin M. The NS strings sound great too on the e-fiddle. The only strings I can compare that have been on the e-fiddle are Cecilio and Helicore. I still have a hard time with that electric sound on a fiddle though. They just don't sound as good as acoustic fiddles to me. My electric guitars cover that electric sound just fine 😉

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I'm right with you on the sound MGN.  I really only like the electric either not plugged in or with effects.

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Exactly my thoughts too. The electric with effects only. But I can't get over how great the Zyex strings are. My compliments to D'Addario for making such a great product for a fraction of the cost I had with Obligato and even Dominant.

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I thought I'd try those Zyex, but when I look at the choice on Fiddlershop, I've no idea which to choose.  I'd be looking at a full set, but light/medium/heavy tension?  Silver or aluminium D?  What's the difference?

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Medium, with all strings, is the tension that is intended to work the best for that string and most violins. Lighter tensions can be easier on your fingers, have quicker and faster responses but do not project as well. Strong (heavy) tensions give fuller stronger sound but can be slower and require more effort with your bow arm.
I always use medium tensions and recommend you start there. If your violin is soft and weak by nature you may want to use the heavy tension strings.
If your violin is harsh and powerful you might want to test the light ones.
My experience shows that Silver lasts longer for me.

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Thanks, that helps.

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