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Nylon vs Steel string
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rotex13
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I've been always breaking my steel strings when I tune my violin, do you think that nylon strings are more durable than steel strings?

 

additional question: Is the quality sound of a violin depends on the strings?

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I am not aware that either steel or nylon is weaker in normal use.  There might be something else wrong.  Do your strings always break on the same end?  The peg end ?  The bridge end ?  Look for any sharp edges that might break a string.  Another way to break a string is to make it too tight.  Are you sure of your notes? 

Yes, strings can make a big difference in sound quality.  Most people now use nylon strings.  Many distributors will sell just an "E" or "A" string or both, if you want a less expensive way to test other strings.

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Maybe it's too tight? because it breaks on the peg part. What kind of string that produce good quality sound but cheap?

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Hey Rotex,

I have an online tuner for you to check that you are not tuning too high.
Click here: ONLINE VIOLIN TUNER

Secondly, a string that has been around for a long time and gets good results on most instruments is Thomastic, Dominant

The quality doesn't depend on the string type but can be very much affected and improved if you choose the right one.

 

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Fiddlerman said:

Hey Rotex,

I have an online tuner for you to check that you are not tuning too high.
Click here: ONLINE VIOLIN TUNER

Secondly, a string that has been around for a long time and gets good results on most instruments is Thomastic, Dominant

The quality doesn't depend on the string type but can be very much affected and improved if you choose the right one.

 

I saw Dominant strings set from a reliable music store near us and it costs 2,500 pesos which is almost a half dollars. Is it the normal range of Dominant in the market? because it is too costly in peso. thanks

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I don't know about exchange rates but a set of Dominants is about $50 in USA.

You could probably get a new set of good steel strings for much less.

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Fiddlerman
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May 15, 2011 - 12:47 am
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Stick with inexpensive steel strings for now. I think that Pirastro Wondertone and Piranito are good strings for the price.

 

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