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About the Fiddlerman Synthetic Core Violin Strings, would these be good on an electric violin, or would it be best to stick with steel strings for an EV?
My new Cecilio EV came with, more than likely, cheap Cecilio strings. I have a set of Preludes I could put on the EV, but I have held off because I am considering buying D'Addario NS310 NS Electric Violin Strings.
I do want to try those Fiddlerman strings, and will at some point, but I would like to get what is best for an electric violin for my electric violin.
Sooner or later, I will get a set of those Fiddlerman strings for my acoustic, when it comes time to change its strings.
They will be absolutely fine ( The FM strings on an EV )
On this topic, though - I'll maybe open up something for discussion.
Some people would suggest that "it simply doesn't matter" what type of string is fitted on an EV because it is just the string vibration that's picked up by the piezo transducer, and not the actual "audio" - and there would be no difference between string types.
I kind of disagree on that point - ( discussion anyone? ) a bowed string is not producing a simple sine-wave, it will also have a lot of overtones, generated by the bowing action. It is the level/amplitude of these overtones that gives a bowed string it's basic timbre. On an acoustic, some of these overtones come into play, causing additional resonances in both the body and nearby strings - thereby changing the "presence" of some of the harmonic overtones and giving an acoustic the "richness, complexity and depth" of sound it has.
But, on an EV, my argument goes like this. Even on a solid body EV, due to the different physical nature and design of different strings - these 'natural overtones' created whilst bowing will still be present in the string's vibration, will be different between different string materials, and will still be picked up by the transducer - and you WILL hear a difference between strings once amped up. LOL. That's my argument and I'll stand by it !
I have used both steels (Preludes) and synthetics (Dominants) on my EV. I can clearly tell the difference ! ( But, I like both - I have a preference for the steels if "fiddling" and the synthetics when I'm looking for much finer control of expression and dynamics for the more "orchestral" side of things ).
Of course, the "plain" EV sound (which I like to refer to as "sterile" in nature) only really comes into its own once you add an effects box!
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Okay, then, FM strings it is. 😉
I have the sythetic core, Pirastro Tonica/Gold Label E set on my acoustic violin now. These are softer than the Preludes, and very expressive. I like them a lot, but I would like to try other synthetic core string brands too, to see if there is something out there that I might like even better.
I would like to try the Fiddlerman strings, but my current strings, on my acousitc violin, will last a while yet. Replacing those cheap Cecilio strings that came on the e-violin, with something that sounds softer, and more expressive, would be nice. For example, I notice that getting a good tone out of the Cecilio A string is more of a challenge than I would expect.
All that said, I will go ahead and budget in some Fiddlerman strings, to add to my list of a Fiddlerman Carbon Fiber Bow, and a cake of Holstein rosin. Might as well get the whole set. Then I will just need one each of those Fiddlerman violins, and violas, but those will have to wait a while yet.
First Mac, very good idea to get rid of the cecilio strings. You are right, they are the pits. FM strings are really nice, but so are your Tonicas. Chasing the "perfect" string can get costly and wasteful. I use the Opera strings for practice just because I want the same feel and sound everyday and they are cheap enough that replacing them weekly or monthly or whenever they don't sound right is easily done.
When you order your FM strings, call the order in and talk with Mike. You will want to establish yourself with Mike. We here on the forum can answer some questions, but some need a more authoritative answer, so you will want to feel at ease calling. Besides its fun. And you forgot the FM shoulder rest.
It is not like I will be buying new sets of strings every month. Just once in a while. I do plan on trying out a few different brands and types, over time, though. Cost, of course, is an issue. Which is why I bought Tonicas last time. They were rated fairly well and among the better priced options. I was unfamiliar with the Fiddlerman brand at that time. It was an unknown, so I waited on those.
Now I am ready to try them.
I will keep the call information in mind, but I rarely call anyone. I research and shop online.
As for the shoulder rest, I have never used one. I see no reason to start now. The shoulder rest that came with the CVN-500 has never been placed on my instrument.
At first, there was a little bruising on and near the collarbone area of my neck, but that healed and I have not had an issue with it since. Although, there may have been some bruising on my jaw at one point too, but I could not see that to confirm it. That too is a past issue.
Now that I have today's practice session out of the way, I am temporarily installing Preludes on the EV, to hold me over. I am taking a break from doing that now. I have the G string replaced, and was about to install the D string when I decided my back needed a break, so here I am. 😉
My brother snapped a string a while back, but so far, I have avoided doing that myself. Even after two new violins (one that came with ultra cheap strings), and me still being a beginner, I have not broken any strings yet.
I have now tuned and changed strings on two violins. Either I have been lucky (probably), or I have a feel for the job. 😉
However, I am just a few days short of four months into my violin adventures. There is still much to learn, do, and experience.