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Zyex vs pro arte strings on my violin
a little audio file to show the difference a different set of strings make on a violin
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Hey guys,

So i know a lot of people are always asking the difference between strings or should they upgrade, kinda similar to rosin's and bows. Well i switched my violin  from pro arte strings to Zyex, just to see how different it sounded and to play around and see what works be see what works best with my violin.  

I did a little tune with the Pro arte right before i switched it to zyex, then recorded with zyex. keep in mind the zyex were still stretching and i wasn't originally intending to post this on here, because it was just so i could hear how they differed. 

 i can say i think i like the way zyex seems to tone down a bit of the loudness. Though that could just be how i was standing with my violin near my computer :D I think the zyex are a tad bit warmer (?) sounding and the pro arte are a bit more bright.  There doesn't seem to be a ton of difference but then again my ears are pretty new at this soooooo..... What do you guys think?  Which one do you think works best? 

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I think both sets of strings sound good.  Particularly considering the price. Part of the brighter sound you are hearing from the Zyex strings might be due to the fact that they are brand new.  

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Very Cool.... I can see what you are saying. 

I have used both.  I loved ProArte for my first string purchases and now I love the Zyex.  I wonder what I will try in the future.   I use some other e string... gold.  I bought it from FS.  I just can't recall the brand. 

*** I have always loved the G string on the ProArte!!! ;)

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January 20, 2015 - 5:15 pm
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I have begun using Larsen more and more. They seem to be incredible strings. The Larsen Virtuoso are fantastic but the regular Larsens are close as well. The Virtuoso strings seem to have more power with what feels like less tension. The two don't go hand in hand. :)

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oh wow! well once i wear these strings out i might have to splurge and try a set :) they are slightly pricey but like all great hobbies they are worth it! 

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January 20, 2015 - 10:19 pm
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Yes they are and I guess I am lucky, I can just grab a set now and then. The truth is that I don't take out my violin very often. I use Fiddlershop violins to get them ready.

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I have pro-arte right now. Overall they're a great upgrade from steel strings. However the E string is getting thin, I noticed the same sort of wear on my steel set. With the pro-arte the e is loosing it's brightness. It's becoming too warm, and I'm thinking of putting my old steel E back on. 

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Fiddlerman- i dunno how you work with all those violins! I'd find so many that i liked i'd have a wall of just violins i collected. * I like this one and this one and this one* hahaha though that has to be a blast testing out all the violins and strings and anything else that comes acrossed your store!

 

Jacques- I think the E string is one of the fastist strings to wear out. I have noticed on my sets when i started really playing alot of stuff on the a and e string, the e seemed to wear alot faster. Its probably because its so small....I could be wrong though.

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I just switched my e string from the pro-arte synthetic to the solid steel and the transition from e to a is much more smooth in color. 

 @rockinglr33 Think about it, a steel E should maintain its pitch until it breaks. Unlike the synthetic cores from which gradually wear out. Perhaps I will continue to use synthethetics but with a solid steel E! ☝️ 

@Fiddlerman perhaps you should equip the fiddlerman violins with steel e strings 

 

edit: my preference over the steel e maybe that when I get to the e string I'm looking for resolve after playing melodramatic melodic on the lower strings it can be nice to hear a bright E string ready to cheer everything back up. Or draw the listeners deeper into the corridor that is my fingerboard

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I'm not aware of any synthetic core e strings. I think they are all either metal or wound with a metal core.  Except for gut.

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@ Jacques - All the E strings are steel on our violins. :)

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@Fiddlerman - do you like the Larsen over the Zyex?

If so, I will get those next time.  I'd love to try something new, I just never know where to begin.  My strings were just changed in October, so I am good for a bit.

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Yes Toni. I still have Zyex on my own fiddle but I started putting Larsen on some of the better violins and am seriously impressed. :)

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