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Where do you get your strings?
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Fiddlerman
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January 27, 2011 - 10:34 am
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I would love for all of us to compile a list of great places to get strings from and why.
Could be useful for many of us. 

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but the one who needs the least."

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Fiddlerman
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January 27, 2011 - 6:59 pm
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I just ordered a couple sets of strings from "No Strings Attached". Hoping the free shipping will not take an eternity to arrive. I am long overdue on changing my strings.

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Fiddlerman
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March 24, 2011 - 11:40 pm
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Since this post I did receive my strings on time and have ordered new ones because they offered a coupon through email giving me 5% off the already low prices. BTW, this is not an advertisement and I don't get a kickback.Cool

If anyone knows of a great online site for strings please list it here to help others out.

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Concord Music Supplies in NJ.  They seem competitive and very fast but I'm close in NC. 
I never checked if shipping costs more with distance on UPS or USPS ? 

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Fiddlerman
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March 25, 2011 - 9:55 am
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They may even be cheaper out of state since we avoid taxes 🙂

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Fiddlerman
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May 12, 2011 - 1:24 pm
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I just ordered more strings from "https://www.nsamusicsupplies.com/" who completely redid their site with new features and products and a brand new look. I will make money if you visit my sponsors instead but I like to share good deals and right now they are offering $10 off all orders of $100 or more by entering the code: SymphonyMusician anytime through June 30th. They also offer a price match guarantee so if you find strings cheaper somewhere, add the discount to that 🙂

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I bought my strings from Yamaha Shop at the mall here in Phil, it costs 180 pesos or almost 4 USD, cheap >.<

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Fiddlerman
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Cheap - yes. What kind of strings? Confused

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Man, that's cheap! Which branch? I get mine from JB Music Store, for 140 Php,
they're steel, Fernando brand. 

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rotex13 said:

Fiddlerman said:

Cheap – yes. What kind of strings? Confused

 

it's nickel round wound extra light strings

It's spock s125

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Though I don't recognize those strings, I hope that they don't break on you like the other ones. Smile You should be able to keep the strings on your fiddle until it is time to change them for having used them too long.

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Fiddlerman said:

Though I don't recognize those strings, I hope that they don't break on you like the other ones. Smile You should be able to keep the strings on your fiddle until it is time to change them for having used them too long.

In short it's nickel strings Laugh, I'm have been careful to my strings while tuning since I broke my G string(steel string) on my very first tuning. But if I have an extra money I'd like to buy a Thomastik Dominant strings because they said that it will make your violin sounds good, is that true?

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Fiddlerman
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Not necessarily. Different pressures will give your violin either a better or worse sound. It depends on the instrument. I didn't get the impression that your violin had a bad sound. The thing that was concerning was that a string (or more) broke. Did you brake any more since then? This shouldn't really happen. In my 35+ years of playing thousands of hours a year, I don't think a string ever broke while putting it on the violin the first time. Therefor, if you didn't over-tighten the string, you need another kind that works as it should, but not too expensive. If I were you I wouldn't waste my money on Dominant just yet. Wait at least until you play so well that you can tell the difference 🙂 That time will come if you keep it up.

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Oh I see, I just broke the old 4th string (used by the old owner) because it was over tighten while I'm tuning it into G (it was tuned into other letters, yeah I'm using electric clip tuner)haha Practice =  Success. Honestly I'm was inspired to play violin since I saw Sue Son and Henry Lau playing the 3rd movement of Summer by A. Vivaldi "Storm", someday I'll play that song too. Thanks

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Yes, I think you will play it. In that case just stick to the cheap strings for now. Money doesn't grow on trees does it. Wink

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Fiddlerman said:

Yes, I think you will play it. In that case just stick to the cheap strings for now. Money doesn't grow on trees does it. Wink

Thank you for your word of wisdom, It's the exact words who my dad is always reminding me, ..... I really miss him he works abroad because of low salary here in Phils. He's great and I'm really sure that you're a great father too. You reminds me of my dad Mr. Pierre. God bless Smile 

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I'm proud to be like your dad. Laugh He must be a great guy Wink

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I generally buy from Musicians Friend. I'm sure there are better deals out there, but my older daughter plays piano, french horn, trumpet and now guitar, and I need the variety Musicians Friend affords. I use Dominants.  I tried cheaper strings when I stopped playing with an Orchestra (when I graduated college), but after using Dominants for years they sounded wrong. I guess when you find something that works you stick with it. Why upgrade if you're happy with what you use?

 

Saying that I cheaper steel strings for my 8 yr old daughter. Good strings would be a waste for a 1/2 size violin and a child who isn't ready to commit to intense training. If it makes a noise approximating a violin she's happy.

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How do you know when it is time to change your strings? I have 2 fiddles not sure when the strings where changed last. The 99 dollar fiddle I bought used and I think they may be the original strings. I also have an older Maggini I play at home those are at least 10 years old, but I haven't played it much in that amount of time.

Also what type and brand of strings do you recommend ?

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Fiddlerman
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Normally I would say that you know when you need to change strings but in your case I am sure you need to change them, LOL.

Old strings:

  • Don't produce as much sound
  • They are harder to tune perfectly
  • They don't resonate as long
  • Fifths can't be played perfectly with one finger

Also, if you have had your strings on those violins under pressure for that long, chances are they are shot. But if it works for you 🙂 why waste the money?

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