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Fiddlerman,

Do you have any advice about round wound vs. flat wound strings ?

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Anyone ?

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I never heard of flat wound synthetic core strings. In all my years of playing violin I've never heard any discussion about it. I believe that it is most common with steel wound strings and guitar strings.

Personally I prefer synthetic core strings.

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Speaking of strings…I just broke my e string. What a mess for me trying to put on a new one. Fiddlerman what brand would you recommend I get for my Cecilio acoustic violin?

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myguitarnow said:

Speaking of strings…I just broke my e string. What a mess for me trying to put on a new one. Fiddlerman what brand would you recommend I get for my Cecilio acoustic violin?

Pirastro Gold. That is what I use for my E. exactly

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A Pirastro Eudoxa E works great for me - not as shrill as some of the others I've tried.

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I used to use Eudoxa all around when the orchestra paid for my strings however the gut strings don't stay in tune as well as perlon, depending on weather. They are however, excellent strings with a very nice warm sound.

That being said, the Eudoxa E string is made of steel and wrapped with aluminum as are many brands of E strings. My experience with the Eudoxa E string is that it will not last more than a month for me. After that it becomes very difficult to play clean fifths.

Also, it is important to keep in mind that different instruments react differently to different strings.

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 I finally took my cvn 500 to a luthier (I think he is one, at least:). He cut a new sound post for me, and i got a new shoulder rest for me (Just tried it but haven't got used to it yet). He said, the bridge is too low and it's too thick. He also said a good set of strings like Dominant would make it sound a lot better, right now he thought mine sounds "bright."  I look on line, even just dominant, there're many different choices with different gauge. So, what would you guys suggest for me to get -- what brand, what gauge, should I just get a set, what's best for E, etc?

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I did some research and seems Dominant medium gauge could be a good try for you and Pirasto Gold Label for the e string. My CVN 500 along with medium Dominants will be here this Monday. I'll let you know how they work out. 

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Exactly right mgn. I bet it will sound many times better now pky. A thick bridge will dampen the sound a bit. Dominants will definitely sound better. Look forward to the report on the difference with the new post.

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Barry how do the Helicore heavys work with vibrato techniques? I'm going to be trying a few different strings and curious about those. I have been playing guitar so long that I now (past 10 yrs) use medium to heavy on guitar. When other guitar players pick up my guitar, they cannot even play them with vibrato or string bending. I am getting ok with vibrato techniques on the violin and understand different musical styles on the violin may be best to use different strings. Curious to know the different types of strings that you have used.

What would be the best strings to use for my Cecilio electric violin?

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LOL no doubt on guitar strings... I will get a set of the heavy and medium Helicores as I've heard some nice things about them at Harmony Central.

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Still though, anyone recommend what strings to get for my electric solid body violin? I have heard to stick with all steel strings but I don't know?

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MGN, where did you get your strings?

I was looking on line at nsamusicsupplies.com and swstrings.com, the sets range from 40 to 51.

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myguitarnow said:

Still though, anyone recommend what strings to get for my electric solid body violin? I have heard to stick with all steel strings but I don't know?

I've got Thomastik Prazision strings on my electric fiddle and I really like them - they're more mellow than the strings that came with it, no high screechy sounds. Bear in mind that I've only been playing a year and still make plenty of high screechy sounds wink

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Unless you have a special pickup that requires grounding it doesn't really matter what strings you use. I used to use steel strings on my Zeta until I realized that it was just too hard to play in tune with them when I play hard, gave up and switched to, I think it was D'Addario Helicore strings. They offered to sponsor our group with strings.

Later I switched to my personal favorits, "Dominants" and have been much happier with the synthetic core strings than any steel strings. Volume is no problem since you can control the gain. Even sound can be affected through multiple effects.

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Cool Cat! Thank's for the info.

Hey pky, I bought them at musiciansfriend.com 

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Thanks Fiddlerman... That's what I needed to hear. I really hate having to change strings all the time including different brands and if the same strings are ok with my e-violin and work great with my acoustic violins, I'll be a happy camper. I've got all the guitar effects that sound good with the e-violin.

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ok, I'm trying to order strings from nsa,

A couple of you suggested that dominant with pirastro E. Well, there's still a ton of choices.

What are the difference with ball end and loop end?

What are the differences between silver D and regular D?

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pky said:

ok, I'm trying to order strings from nsa,

A couple of you suggested that dominant with pirastro E. Well, there's still a ton of choices.

What are the difference with ball end and loop end?

What are the differences between silver D and regular D?

The ball end strings have a ball on the end that fits into your tailpiece or the notches on the fine tuners. The loop end has a little loop that fits over the end of certain fine tuners.

Buy the same type of end as the strings currently on your fiddle - you should be able to see the balls if you look closely. No balls = loop ends.

Some people say that there is a difference in sound between the silver and regular D - purely personal preference. Your fiddle may like a silver D, but it may not smile

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