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Start Right Strings -- and Alice Strings
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November 2, 2013 - 12:58 pm
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Heya

So, looking around for strings I can have ready for an upcoming violin purchase.

Have to be on the cheap, but better than the $1 string sets the chinese violins usually come with, you know?

 

I was looking at Alice strings, and generally they have decent reviews, especially for what you get.  I'm looking at the Nickle Chromium wound, powder coated core ones.

 

Also, came across a recommendation for Start Right Strings Perlon Synthetics.

 

Both are in my pricing... $5-8.  Seem to be the better of the cheapie steel and synthetics.

 

Anyone have actual experience with them? (I know they won't be $50 strings), but for a beginner, will they be noticably better than the standard?

 

And would anyone recommend the PErlon over the steel?

 

Playing will be (hopefully, if I don't bomb) Old Timey Fiddle and Irish.

 

Thanks !

 

(ps- got my violin selection down to 2.... getting there, haha)

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November 2, 2013 - 1:30 pm
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NEVERMIND.....

 

I just received email reply from Start Right Strings with a line saying it is too much hassle to sell to Canada, too much paperwork and too many new rules.

 

Not sure what he is on, doesn't take much to throw a set of strings in an envelope.

 

Anyway, glad to see dislike of selling to Canada still exists for some place (was a big problem in the 80s/90s)

 

Spose I can still look at Alice Nickle Chromium (they also make a $10-15 Nylon core)

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Fiddlerman
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November 2, 2013 - 1:58 pm
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I'm glad you didn't choose those strings. :-) From my experience they break easily.

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November 2, 2013 - 2:03 pm
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Thank you sir !

Good to know

 

Hey, I'm sure you have plenty of experience with Cecilio strings... what are they like?  Looking around for some somewhat better strings as mentioned, but only running into those listed above (besides the no-name chinese ones)

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November 2, 2013 - 2:13 pm
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Actually I don't know much about the Cecilio strings time wise. Most of the strings are steel core and work for the less expensive violins with the beginner setup with fine tuners. I haven't held on to a violin with those strings long enough to know if they last. Not sure about their Perlon strings but they are probably the same as the Start Right Strings. Chinese equivilant to Dominants, though they are not. LOL
I believe they are all made in similar factories with different labels but I could be wrong. If you want to spend less money on Perlon strings consider Pro-Arte by D'Addario.

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I have to second that suggestion on the Pro-Arte. They are my go to strings when I want a nice set at a good price. http://fiddlershop.com/strings.....nsion.html

The money spent on these strings is well worth it. When starting out, people, including myself, want to go for the cheapest they can get away with. The problem with that is we buy cheap violins, cheap strings, cheap bows and what you get is cheap sound, a sound you you don't like. If you star out with a violin that is a little better, not the expensive ones, and good strings with most of all a good bow, you can progress faster and learn to love the sound you can make. With bad violins you try and try but never can get that sound you want. with a better violin it's possible to get that sound.

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