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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?
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.
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.