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I used pirastro gold label E, it was recommended by the FM, I know nothing about strings.

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The Eudoxa was recommended by my fiddle teacher and it sounds great on my cheap fiddle. I use the E that came with the Zyex set for my SFF and so far it sounds great, but I occasionally get a whistle if the bow is not exactly perpendicular to the string or is sliding sideways during the note.

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Fiddlerman
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November 16, 2011 - 11:48 pm
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That is a great question Barry. I've tried dozens of E strings and as Pky said, I settled with Pirastro Gold. Lately I tried three E strings by Daddario, the same one that CatMcCall is referring to, a Zyex which is one of the best but I too have noticed the whistling, Helicore and Kaplan. I am also super picky about my E string. The Gold Obligato E string is maybe the best E string I ever tried. I just stopped buying Obligato cause of the price.

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I've just decided to avoid the E all together!

 

duncecapShalom Shalom

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BCShalom said:

I've just decided to avoid the E all together!

 

duncecapShalom Shalom

roflol Then you'll gonna learn to play LOTS of highest positions on A =)

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my Yamaha electric violin...it makes that whistle or harmonic also. And it kind of makes me crazy because I really can't play an open E, I have to play E on the A to avoid it. I get that whistle like 95% of the time if I attempt to play open E. I asked a professional violinist what might be causing it and he said "it's you," and suggested I practice different pressures and bow speeds. I guess that has something to do with it but none of my other instruments do that. Ever. So maybe it's "not me." But then - what is it? I think I changed the E string a few months ago and it still does it.

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Fiddlerman
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November 17, 2011 - 2:17 pm
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If none of your other instruments do it you may want to switch E strings to begin with. Some whistle more than others. Daddario makes a whistle free E string but I am not 100% satisfied with the sound of it.

It is called "Kaplan Solutions Non-Whistling Violin E Strings". It might be well suited to your electric violin too.

Tips to avoid whistling strings:

Make sure no part of your finger is touching the string when playing the open string. Sometimes when we play chords and double-stops with open E strings we accidentally touch the string without even noticing it. Also if you perspire and there happens to be some perspiration left on the string it can whistle. The whistling comes when the string doesn't vibrate quick enough so a little attack or added pressure can help but not always suited to the music. Wipe all the excess rosin off the E string as the buildup can also cause whistling.

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Fiddlerman
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November 17, 2011 - 2:17 pm
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@ Barry - Which type of E string are you using?

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Haha....well, it could be the rosin. Someone asked me not long ago if I ever practiced since my violin was so dusty.....

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Great question! The E just stands out to much. I may try E wound strings myself.

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We were talking about steel strings earlier and I admit that Helicore strings are exceptional for being steel. Very impressed with my recent test. I didn't like the E but the rest of the steel fiber core Helicore strings are great.

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