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In over my head, String help please!
Need help picking which E string to buy???
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knitwhim
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February 8, 2015 - 6:31 pm
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Hello everyone!

 

I just purchased and received a fiddlerman master violin last week (very excited/happy about that btw). 

I'm pretty much a complete newbie in terms of playing the violin and today I managed to snap my E string while attempting to tune my violin.  I get that that can happen sometimes.

 

The thing is that now I want to buy/stock up on strings, but just for constancy's sake I want to replace the E string with the SAME ONE that came with my violin. Now searching on the fiddlerman shop even if I just look at Tonica E-strings, there are multiple options?  I know nothing about strings or what the significance of the different options are.  Can anyone help me out and tell me which one specifically came with my violin?

 

Might as well do the same with the other 3 strings and stock up on them too. I sense that me breaking things is likely to be a regular occurrence.

 

Anyway I'm not letting the snapped string get me down. Since I'm a complete beginner I'm still just messing around on the G string  so I don't really *need* the E string yet anyways ;)  

 

Cheers

Knitwhim

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February 8, 2015 - 8:20 pm
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Hey knitwhim,
Having extra strings is a good thing to have. I recommend you get a few E strings since they are so cheap. You don't need to use the same E as the rest of the set. They are very similar to one another and there are plenty of great E strings that suit other sets. Give us a call and we'll help you out.
Glad that you are excited about the MASTER :) Thanks

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February 8, 2015 - 8:25 pm
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Hi @knitwhim :

I would think that Pierre (Fiddlerman) can tell you what strings were on your violin. He monitors the forum and may reply here, but you might want to also send him a private message or, better yet, call Fiddlershop and ask. I'm sure they'll be happy to help.

On a related side note, I find it interesting that violinists mix and match string brands and types. As a long-time guitar player, I've always bought guitar strings in sets and would never have even considered putting a different kind of string on if I broke one. Of course, I haven't broken many guitar strings in all the time I've been playing. Guitar strings don't break as easily as violin strings.

Oh, and welcome to the forum!

-- Diane

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What KindaScratchy said... Welcome and enjoy. I have broken many a strings myself until FM video about tuning DOWN, before tuning up finally clicked..

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Fiddlerman said ... I recommend you get a few E strings since they are so cheap. You don't need to use the same E as the rest of the set. They are very similar to one another and there are plenty of great E strings that suit other sets. Give us a call and we'll help you out.

Does that work for the A string on a Viola as well?

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I didn't realize that calling in questions to the shop was an option. That is Awesome. 

Thanks everybody for the support.  This community is fantastic :)  

 

Cheers

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@knitwhim: Fiddlershop is not your average "mail order" music shop, it's a special place with two special people in charge. I've called them on several occasions with question's / problems with a couple strings and have gotten great results every time.

What other website can you deal direct with the owner's, I don't know of any.

Welcome to the forum.

 

Ken.

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Fiddlerman
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February 9, 2015 - 7:30 am
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Ripton, the reason that E strings are more interchangeable than other strings is that they are mainly steel. With the viola A string, even though it's the highest string, there could be a more noticeable difference.

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If you're looking for a good E string.  I like this one the best of all -- excellent (non-shrill) sound, lasts a long time.

Kaplan Non-Whistling E string

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Awh Dang.. I want to work in the Fiddlebegbegbegbegbegbegbegshop..   

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Well, I got my order in! Now I have a few days to obsessively watch string replacement videos. I know HOW to do it, just apparently I put too much enthusiasm in to my work?

 

Felt bad calling so close to closing, but I'm glad I did :)  

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Never feel bad about calling. :)

Toni, it's a long long way to commute. ;)

Thanks Uzi, that is a great solution to the whistling E for sure.

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@coolpinkone Right now I am busy watching grandkids M-F and helping my parents.  When I have the time I might just find a job at music store!!

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Fiddlerman said
 During work hours we answer 100% of our phone calls, 50% of the time, LOL. Just kidding. <--- Anyone know where that line came from?

Isn't this from Anchorman? "60% of the time, it works every time." That's where I know it from, lol.

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Exactly Calypso. LOL

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