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Got violin for Christmas, popped a string the next day.
Since I am going to replace them all because I want a little better than the ones that came with it, what do I look for? What are some good brands?
Or where can I educate myself on strings that is a reliable source?
Seen some sets for 20-50 bucks, which is reasonable to me.
I replaced mine just prior to Christmas. I purchased the Dominants from the fiddlershop.com. They arrived in 2 days. The are great sounding strings on my violin. It did take a few hours of play to get used to a D and A that were not scratchy and dull sounding after I changed them. Be aware there is a stretching that will take a few days to get them broken in. Mine took 2 days of tuning and retuning multiple times.
Also, don't forget to graphite your Bridge and nut slots so the string slides and stretches at a constant rate across the whole string from tuners/tail to the pegs.
"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader
Kevin M. said
These are the the two I would reccomend.
Kevin, what about the Start Right Strings synthetic core strings (made in China) you recommended in the past--only $8/set with free shipping. Do you no longer like these? I ordered some after reading about them from your post, but haven't tried them yet.
The problem I had with them was how long they last. At first they sound good but after playing for awhile they start to sound bad. The Pro-Arte and the zyex far outlast the Start-Rite strings but then when you pay only $8.00 you can buy a lot of Start Rite. They will be an improvement over the strings that come with a lot of violins.