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Gut string vs Steel string
Is one better than the other for tone ?
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October 13, 2013 - 5:47 pm
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Gut string and Steel string have traditionaly been scored seperatly at the VMAAI convention ...

However , this year there was a tie for final tone between one of each the play off between the two , the violin with gut strings took top tone ...

As a result there may be a rule change for next year combining both into one event ...

I would like some input as to how others feel about this before I string a turn of century German violin I am revoicing ...

Any input is welcome ...

October 28, 2013 - 7:51 pm
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In my experience most of the people I know using steel strings are playing alot of Appalachian style music. I started off with steel strings, while taking lessons from a well known appalachian musician in the area. He also told me that he played a lot down south around the eastern part of Texas. Although I love the music of my heritage, and will continue to learn all I can about it I really don't like steel strings.

I'm sure others will chime in with their experiences but the only people that I personally know using them are a older people, who use steel strings to achieve a strange harmony with other fiddles or guitars that to me often sounds out of tune and terrible, but I see what their going for. It's just the style of music; probably has something to do with immigrants coming to the area years ago with violins lucky enough to be operational.

You might like Helicores!... this would probably be a good way to sort of meet in the middle. If I remember correctly they are a synthetic string with a steel core.

Quick break in time, cheaper than a lot of strings, characteristics of both steel and gut.

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November 2, 2013 - 6:21 am
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I really don't know how much i can say about combining strings. I have on one of my violins D nad E steel (E anyway is always steel) all of others are perlon core and i can tell that there are problems with dynamics because of the differences. Especially on "ff" there could also happen intonational problems, because steel strings have unstable intonation when it's played loud and with big amount of bow (mostly noticeable)... wait a minute... there is a vid about it...

THough i have to admit that one of my favourite strings are red Thomastik (spirocore). They are steel. But they ALL are steel, so i can plan my dynamics according to this and feel perfectly fine =)

Anyway, i believe You can experiment for a while to figure out all of the things =)

Chandler, Arizona
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November 2, 2013 - 11:54 am
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I have never been a fan of steel core strings.



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