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This has probably been asked before but I was wondering about which strings to use. at the moment I have pirastro tonicas,  but was thinking are these ok or are there better for around the same money. I don’t have the greatest paid job so can’t go splashing fifty or sixty quid on them, any ideas anyone?

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@stringy 

Look on Fiddlershop. I know that his prices are a match or better compared to other sites, even Amazon. The price would be over $25, so if you are in the states, free shipping, if I have the minimum amount right, you can check.

Go to the strings, select violin and the  sets. Then you can have them arranged lowest to highest price. I just checked and if you want to try Fiddlerman, they are are a few dollars less. I love those strings. They are not as bright as Tonicas, at least with my violins, but it could be different for you. I have played with both, and I do like how Fiddlerman strings play. I am going to go back and look again, I can’t remember the ithers around the Tonica price. I will edit this post when I get back. But to get you started, think about Fiddlerman. I am going to see what else there was.

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Stringy, just checked. There is Pirastro Chromcor. They are a couple dollars more than Fiddlerman, but still a couple less than Tonicas. I tried Chromcor on my cello. It would be different than violin, but I did not like them. I liked them at first and then they fizzled. I would try the Fiddlerman. 

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Tonica is supposed to be one of the best "bang for your buck" brands.

Other budget-priced synthetic strings that are good value for money are Fiddlerman (depending on cost of shipping to your location), Alphayue, and Ascente.

Also look into whether you can get mixed sets without having to pay for individual strings. The Goldbrokat E string is one of the best (used by many pros) and also one of the cheapest, so substituting one for the regular E string may both lower the price and improve the quality of the set.

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On a tangent: I did not realize Hidersine was contracted to manufacture the Hill rosins. That would make Hill rosins the only Hidersine products I've ever seen sold in any place I've lived.

(Also, the name Hidersine still tends to evoke 19th century patent medicines in my mind...)

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AndrewH said
On a tangent: I did not realize Hidersine was contracted to manufacture the Hill rosins. That would make Hill rosins the only Hidersine products I've ever seen sold in any place I've lived.

(Also, the name Hidersine still tends to evoke 19th century patent medicines in my mind...)

  

Barnes and Mullins seem to have bought Hidersine. I don't know if B&M are known in the USA.

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I use a regular (not superior) Jargar E (with other strings) that is inexpensive— I like the E a lot, but I’ve not used the other strings in the set.

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Thanks all for the replies, very helpful as always🤪

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The Prelude would be the best budget steel core strings with a decent sound and Fiddlerman Synthetic core strings would be the best synthetic core strings for the price. ;)
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