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Violin and String Questions
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November 7, 2013 - 12:34 pm
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So, having played the same violin for the past 5 years, a beginner model, I have decided I am going to get a new violin. Fiddlerman has pointed me in the direction of the Cremonese and the Ming Jiang Zhu. I have looked at each of them and while I love the quality of the Ming, the Cremonese is almost an equal in quality and looks amazing to boot. 

What do you guys suggest for a new Violin, good for Solo and Orchestra performance?


Secondly I need some good strings for it. I have been looking at the D'addario Zyex strings, but I have never used Synthetic core. Pretty much the entire time I have played violin I have used D'addario Preludes ((Medium tension)). 

I know tuning synthetic core strings is quite different, and I have never really done it. What are your suggestions on strings?


Thanks for the input,


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November 8, 2013 - 10:37 am
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you cant go wrong with any of the 2 instruments. im going to go to a GCV retail shop in a day or 2 to test some models out and give my opinion on it.


tuning on synthetic strings are no different from your steel core strings as far as i know. the main difference is that you generally dont need to use fine tuners on synthetic strings as the piitch does not change much overtime. i personally use the Pirastro Tonicas as they are cheap yet sound great without being hard on the hands. the zyex's are Fiddlerman's favourite string but i have yet to give them a test


good luck

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November 8, 2013 - 11:31 am
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The strings that come with either instrument will be good quality. You can specify which strings you want and we'll accommodate you. :-)

If you are looking for a powerful and rich sound you could consider Larsen Virtuoso strings. They are not cheap $82.28 for a set.
Otherwise I think you should test the instrument with the Dominants that we set it up with and test new types when the time comes to change. Evah Pirazzi Gold, Obligato, Zyex are all well worth testing though the Zyex are more affordable than the others.

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