FORUM

Welcome to our forum. A Message To Our New and Prospective Members . Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

Please feel free to share. “Game of Thrones Group Project”

A A A
Avatar
Please consider registering
guest
sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register
Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search
Forum Scope




Match



Forum Options



Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters
sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
Best strings on a tight budget
Good strings cheap
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Avatar
stringy
Members
September 23, 2020 - 5:50 pm
Member Since: August 23, 2020
Forum Posts: 71
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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?

Avatar
Mouse
September 23, 2020 - 6:15 pm
Member Since: December 26, 2018
Forum Posts: 2216
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

@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.

EDITED FROM HERE:

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. 

Viola Time! 

(Former Username - cid)

Avatar
AndrewH
Sacramento, California
Members

Regulars
September 23, 2020 - 7:07 pm
Member Since: November 5, 2017
Forum Posts: 933
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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.

Avatar
Gordon Shumway
London, England
Pro advisor
Members

Regulars
September 24, 2020 - 12:34 am
Member Since: August 1, 2016
Forum Posts: 1241
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
Avatar
AndrewH
Sacramento, California
Members

Regulars
September 24, 2020 - 4:17 am
Member Since: November 5, 2017
Forum Posts: 933
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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...)

Avatar
Gordon Shumway
London, England
Pro advisor
Members

Regulars
September 24, 2020 - 4:38 am
Member Since: August 1, 2016
Forum Posts: 1241
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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.

Andrew

Avatar
SharonC
Members
September 24, 2020 - 3:55 pm
Member Since: June 24, 2020
Forum Posts: 79
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

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.

Avatar
stringy
Members
September 24, 2020 - 4:00 pm
Member Since: August 23, 2020
Forum Posts: 71
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Thanks all for the replies, very helpful as always🤪

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
September 25, 2020 - 3:43 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 15206

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. 😉
https://fiddlershop.com/produc.....string-set
https://fiddlershop.com/produc.....string-set

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Forum Timezone: America/New_York
Most Users Ever Online: 696
Currently Online:
Guest(s) 39
Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)
Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today Bill97a
Upcoming Georganne, brewyet, Krootie, PaganinisGhost, ptrckmcconn, Octopus.Violinus, xTIDx, cashierjim, Bella86, 1 Whiz Kid, Mouse
Top Posters:
Mad_Wed: 2849
Barry: 2679
Fiddlestix: 2647
Oliver: 2439
DanielB: 2379
Kevin M.: 1971
damfino: 1970
cdennyb: 1815
TerryT: 1728
Ferret: 1575
Member Stats:
Guest Posters: 3
Members: 27326
Moderators: 0
Admins: 7
Forum Stats:
Groups: 16
Forums: 58
Topics: 8643
Posts: 107393
Newest Members:
LiamThomson, MactheKnife, Unfretted, jasc51, Elise78, Janleon
Administrators: Fiddlerman: 15206, KindaScratchy: 1756, coolpinkone: 4176, BillyG: 3509, MrsFiddlerman: 2, Jimmie Bjorling: 0, Mouse: 2216