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I removed my Passion E string, which is very sweet sounding on my violin with my bowing, and installed the Kaplan Non-Whistling E string. Rudoulf came with Dominant strings and a Passione E string.
Last night I replaced the Passion E with the Kaplan Non-Whistling E string. This afternoon, I am going in to the music shop to play my violin while my former cello instructor (wife of music store owner) plays her cello. We are going to do “Spring”. It was the only sheet music in a key I could do, that I could find with a cello part written for it, a violin/cello duet piece. The key is not the best for me because I have issues with a G natural and C natural. This song is loaded with G natural. It is mostly on the E string for the violin part. It only uses the A and E string for violin in this arrangement.
I was whistling a lot, it started up after my instructor told me how good my bowing was, the beginning of January. Right after that, during my lesson and ever since, my bowing tanked and the whistling E surfaced. So, last night, I removed the Passione E and replaced it with the Kaplan Non-Whistling E, purchased from Fiddlershop. I no longer whistle.
I was working on, “Spring” all night. I was no longer whistling. The day before, I was. So, for me, I think it works. The whistle that was annoying me is gone. This is allowing me to pay attention to my bowing and hitting the G Naturally, because I am not being annoyed by the whistle. I did not to do a lot of retuning last night. I tuned the string and retuned it about three times. The last time was just to tune it before putting it away. I have not picked up my violin yet this morning.
I noticed the string felt different than the other E strings I have used. It seemed to be softer to the touch. It is not as stiff. I love the sound of the Passione E, Fiddlerman E, and actually, the Tonica E. I am not saying they are bad. I am just saying, that the Kaplan Non-Whistling E, for me, is a terrific option. I am using it with Dominants.
I am going to put the Fiddlerman strings that were on Rudoulf onto another violin that would really benefit from them. (I mentioned that because in another post, not so long ago, I mentioned how much I love the Fiddlerman strings and had them on Rudoulf. I did not remove them from Rudoulf because I did not like them any longer, I have another violin that really could use them.)
If you are having whistling E issues, and have not tried the Kaplan Non-Whistling E, give it a shot. My whistle stopped. It might work for you. It really feels nice under the fingers, and I really love the sound on Rudoulf.
I hope this is of some help for anyone with a whistling E string issue.
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(Former Username - cid)
Glad you've fond a "work-around" for the whistling E with the Kaplan string !
I agree - it is nicer under the fingers, being wound, although, that doesn't bother me over-much with what are already guitar-hardened callouses 🙂
My only issue with it ( the Kaplan NWE ) is that I find it a tad "tonally un-matched" to some other strings - I haven't really taken the time to try to find a "match" - but I kind of suspect that a different A may well "lead into the kaplan E" better than the G, D and A I currently use...... but, for me, that's an interesting distraction, I'd rather just play and not get involved right now!!!
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)