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Recomended strings for Electric Violin
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rtodde
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Hey everyone. So I need to purchase a set of strings for my new electric violin. I was going to just purchase a set of helicores but after some googling it seems they may to 'bright' for an electric. Dominants seem to be the choice for electric. I enjoy the darker tones and music produced by the violin as well, will dominants be a step in that direction?

p.s. Can anyone tell me what the numbers on violin strings mean, I have a yamaha electric so it needs ball ends, does it need a specific number

 

eg."DOMINANT VIOLIN - SET W/ #130 E BALL

DOMINANT VIOLIN - SET W/ #130 E BALL.."

Thanks guys!hats_off

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Kevin M.
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I believe it has to do with the gauge of the string but not sure.  I like the Pro-Arte on my electric.

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Arn't most string's  E Ball  type ?    Isn't that the ball at the end of the string ?

I just looked at my D'Addario Zyex pack's and it doesn't indicate any specific letter.

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yes it seems most of the strings are ball type by default unless otherwise indicated. Thanks Kevin for filling me in on the (possible) meaning, I'll take it's not as important as I thought (something like length of the string) You mind if I ask what style of music you play, are you into fiddling? classical? I'm looking for warmth not so much bright or responsive, again I am just starting on the violin (well when I get my bow and strings I will be!)

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Kevin M.
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I like classical warm music but find that the Pro-Arte work fine for fiddling too.  Remember that with electric most of the warmth comes from the electronics. Use a chorus effect, it makes it sound like a giant hall. If the number had to do with length it would be around 328.

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Fiddlerman
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August 18, 2012 - 9:27 am
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Yes, that is correct. The Dominant E strings come in three different gauges, 129, 130, and 131 with either a loop or ball. Some fine tuners only accept on or the other. The most common Dominant E string is the #130 (medium) gauge string.

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rtodde
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The shop seems to be down it is directing me to 'opencart' trying to sell me tablets and mp3 players lol. I was literally in the checkout ordering that carbon bow and some pro-arte strings. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Fiddlerman
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August 18, 2012 - 1:34 pm
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Hey rtodde.

My son was trying to update another site and accidentally overwrote all the files on Fiddlershop.
We are currently doing a full restore.
Thanks

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thats funny i'll just wait for it to return, my fear was you possibly updating your prices and both the bow and pro-arte strings are on sale clap

I'll wait it out and put my order when it's back up, thank you for the speedy response Pierre!

 

by the way its nice to know you are the source of your shop, and its not just a front for another distributor like so many other sites, I'd much rather support you over big websites like amazon!

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Thanks rtodde.
My son and I run it together. So far that is it. Hopefully we will be able to expand quickly. We keep spending all profits on stocking items so that we can ship quickly and provide better prices for our customers. Sometimes the only way to get great prices is to buy 100 sets of one brand of strings. :-(
We do have many good distributors to buy from but sometimes Amazon is selling products at just a few dollars more than what we are paying.
We appreciate the business.

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