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I am starting this topic because I have not found a good location to get information about the kind of strings you should get to replace your old set when you don't know the type you currently have. I personally prefer to play slower music rather then a fast pace piece. So, that said I am looking for which type of string would be best suited for me to select. I am familiar with synthetic core, steel and gut varieties. I have read about them all but this does not seem to help me with my decision. If any of my tenured colleges would be willing to educate a new guy in the way of proper string selection for a more classical slow paced style of playing I would be most grateful
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Hi @killertoxin - I can't really help you choose a specific string ( although I should say I often swap between FiddlerMan strings, Larsens, and steel preludes - all three sets give me what I want for certain pieces and styles of playing - and I might add, each of these string sets sound "different" ( or at least respond differently ) across my 3 violins ).
What I can point you towards are string identification charts - here for example is one - https://www.thesoundpost.com/en/string-charts - there are many others - that may assist you identifying what is currently fitted if nothing else !
Good luck with your quest !
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I think the Fiddlerman strings will give you the best bang for the buck. $30 for a set of synthetic core strings that sound a lot like Dominants, but at half the price. I've got some on my fiddle right now. They have a really soft touch though and whether you like that or not is a personal thing.
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Hi, @killertoxin, welcome to the forum.
As far as I know, there isn't a string that's specifically designed for slow playing. Most strings are used for both fast and slow pieces, and everything in between. The article that Mark referenced would be somewhat applicable - intuitively, the higher the tension, the snappier the response, and I note that two of the ones in the lowest range (Larsen and Dominant) are both quite popular for the quality of their sound.
But since the difference in overall tension for a set only ranges from 48 to maybe 56 pounds, that difference is not likely to be drastic.
I'm curious. What are you expecting strings designed for slow playing would give you?
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