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I'm looking to buy a set of strings and maybe the CF bow.  From listening to what i've heard on here, I think i'm going with either the Helicore or Zyex.  I see the banner on the right hand side of the screen with a couple of prices but when I go to fiddlershop I can't seem to find them for that price.  Am I looking at something wrong or what? 

Also, if anyone has any input on the two string choices, let me know.  I have Helicore on my better china violin but I don't know where to go on the $50 one.  I was thinking the zyex and maybe trying them on the better violin to see what I like better and put the others on the cheaper one.

Oh yea, I have no idea about medium, heavy or light.  Any help would be appreciated.

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Oh yea, I have Red Label on the cheap one now.  quite screachy.  i think that's how to discribe it.

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Thank you, on electric guitar i've used 12's and loved them. For you non guitar people.  That is the equivalent of real heavy. 

I'm thinking heavy might be the way I go with whatever string I get.  I would think they work the same way on a violin, making a heavier and fuller sound.  Is that correct?

So then, what is the deal with the zyex? 

I know from playing guitar that everyone has favorites even if the instrument may prefer something different, but violin strings are considerably more expensive so I would like to weigh my options.

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July 3, 2012 - 6:41 pm
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As far as finding those prices is concerned. You are probably not ending up on medium tension 4/4 size set.....
If when you land on the site from the link on the side you choose the product you are interested in right from the featured products on the home page you'll be on the right set.
I love Zyex.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Thanks guys, I will be getting something soon.  I have a lot of youtube to watch and listen to comparisons.  I like one of your other reviews, but I have to find out what string it was.

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I think it was the Pro-Arte

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I didn't forget Barry. 😉

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Man, I read through all of that.  I think I just have to play and find the ones i like. 

I didn't like the ones everyone else suggested for guitar, so i just had to try them all. 

From listening to Fiddlerman's reviews, I like the pro artes.  they seemed warm.  I also like the zyex's clerity.  I think i'll go with the pro artes first.  The only thing i'm sure of is that I don't like the Red Label super sensitive.

I'm definately not ready to start mixing and matching.

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True, different violins prefer different strings.

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yea, if i can figure out how to upload a video, i will post.  just have not had the time.  I have to get something figured out for the cabbage thing.

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I just put visions on my violin and I like the way it sounds. In 6 months or so, whenever they go tone deaf, I wanna try the dominants. Of course, I may develop a particular opinion on what I am looking for by then rather than the "eenie meenie mieney moe" metheod of choosing. Cost is a bit of a factor for me also, fifty bucks for strings was about my pain threshold.

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That is my pain threshold too for now. Luckily the Zyex that I use now is under $40.
I'm glad the visions worked for you and that just proves the different strings for different violins theory. I've never liked them on my violin. Dominants work fine for me but the Zyex rule.

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Fiddlerman said
That is my pain threshold too for now. Luckily the Zyex that I use now is under $40.
I'm glad the visions worked for you and that just proves the different strings for different violins theory. I've never liked them on my violin. Dominants work fine for me but the Zyex rule.

 

 

I will give the zyex a try next up, and I will try to remember to get them from the fiddleshop.thumbs-up

 

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