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“For Tone” Perlon Violin and Viola Strings
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In my never ending quest to play the cheapest perlon violin string set, I have stumbled upon the brand “For Tone.”  I have two violin string sets coming at a cost of $8 per set, and was informed that they retail for about double that (a viola set is triple that).  Are there any fellow string masochists out there that have tried them yet?   

I have been told that they are good, if not basic, student strings that have a cult following among New Jersey music education teachers.  Alas, their cello strings are steel core.

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May 2, 2019 - 6:18 pm
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Never heard of them, Irv

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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That was weird. My reply above is in an ochre colored box and in italics. Must have touched something to format it like that.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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I took a photo of the package, since I can.7BA583E6-3581-4FE3-BBC0-7A25C0D38F43.jpegImage Enlarger

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

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Never saw that package before, either.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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🙂 Yeah - strings....  hmmm... can be a self-imposed minefield. (Well, not so much self-imposed - only because we read SO much about strings - what exactly to believe/take-on-board, other folks' opinions, the terms used, and so on ?)

I'm perfectly happy with cheap steels (not cheese-wire thin) on one of my fiddles ( a 3/4 from e-bay).  Wouldn't put them on anything else - but it gives THAT fiddle the voice it wants for what I play on it... ringy ding ding, jangly jangly...  LOLOL - it just "works" (for me).

As far as synth strings go - even 5 years in to playing - frankly - I just do not know.  I was very fortunate to purchase at significant discount a number of slightly used "top-end" string sets from one of our fellow members - and - know what - I STILL cannot make a choice....    I'm sure there are cheap strings out there that are absolutely fine on certain instruments - and play like cr4p on others... (same goes even for top end strings really IM(beginners)O)

I would say, go for it, take a punt on a set of $8 perlon/nylon core strings and see how they go!  Why not ?  Heck, you can't purchase a single Dominant G for that....

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I haven't seen those strings but I have tried a cheap set of perlons before. "Anton Breton" was the brand. They were pretty dead. Poor projection, lacked the focus of steels and the complexity of most nylons. If I remember right, D'addario Preludes might have even beat them in complexity. The windings weren't very durable either. I could quickly see the cores at the nut and bridge.

They were put on a low-end cecilio which had pretty poor tone to begin with. To give the strings credit, in a way the tone was improved. The projection was so poor that fewer people could hear it.

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Thanks @Amateur .  I found a little more information on them.  They now manufacture higher end strings called opal (titan and green) and charm.  I am particularly interested in the opal green viola strings.  The bass strings have a Kevlar core and the treble strings have a perlon core.  The c String is wound in tungsten.  One wonders how a cello string set would sound with that combination.

The same company makes a very nice looking violin case.A97DA2EA-B452-4A45-9079-B55B872D4424.jpegImage Enlarger

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Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

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