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David Burns
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As long as they are not counterfeit. I do not know if it is true or not, a customer in the violin shop I frequent was telling the owner he thinks he may have purchased some counterfeit strings. I don't know how he came to this conclusion and did not stay to hear the end of the conversation. I was at work on a lunch break.

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Sofia Leo
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The color for the D'Addario Zyex does not match what's on my fiddle, which makes me wonder - I bought the strings from a reputable dealer (Southwest Strings) so maybe counterfeiting is pretty common? The strings sound great anyway...

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I am a little unsure about my own story, like I said, I had to leave the shop to get back to work so I did not hear the entire thing. Making counterfeit strings would be difficult at best. The cost would eat your profit I would think. If you are faking really high end strings, you can't fool anyone with lowgrade junk. Then you have to get the old identification thread off, put new on. Unless it is a factory doing it. I don't know. If a factory got caught doing it, who would buy their strings in the future?

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@Sofia Leo  Here is another string ID site.  Often useful.

http://www.quinnviolins.com/qv.....arch.shtml

I almost always have a hard time with string ID because I'm not sure of the colors.  I NEVER try to ID a string at night.  Gotta have some sun and that may not work either so I have a few dozen strings that I "don't trust".

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