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Where do you get your strings?
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I have looked at strings available in this area what I have found locally is a brand called supper sensitive.
These come in medium or orchestra sound option. Also I have seen steel or helicore.

I don't need top of the line but would like some decent strings.what do you recommend?

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Paul said:

I have looked at strings available in this area what I have found locally is a brand called supper sensitive.
These come in medium or orchestra sound option. Also I have seen steel or helicore.

I don't need top of the line but would like some decent strings.what do you recommend?

Steel/Steel core is the best if you are finding a cheap but descent one because they're bright sounding strings, but some people saying that the steel string sounded too metallic and too bright. Goodluck

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These strings are durable and cheap, but when I tried them I changed immediately back to Dominant.

Personally I would look at synthetic-core strings rather than steel core. As Roq said above, they have a bright and metallic sound but also, they are difficult to play in tune on the lower strings because the pitch rises slightly when you apply pressure with the bow.

See if you can find Thomastic-Vision strings cheap anywhere. I use Dominant or Obligato but they are a little more expensive.

On the other hand, your choice of Super-Sensitive may be fine for now. Probably a little over $10 rather than $30

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I can fine super sensitive here for $32 a set. I will use them for the fiddle in my car. May look at the Dominant for the Maggini at home it has a lot better sound than the one I take on the road.

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http://www.juststrings.com/sps.....-4-4m.html

Didn't check shipping costs and am not sure which of the super-sensitive you are referring to but if they are the steel core strings then you should be able to find a better deal :-)

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Are Di'dario Prelude Strings any good?

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D'Addario Prelude are steel core strings and I don't know of many situations where I would prefer steel strings. Can you describe your instruments sound for me? If you have a week sounding violin and need the added punch it might work for you.

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Wow that's great looks like I will be ordering them instead of buying them locally. Thanks Pierre.

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Hello, this is an interesting discussion for me. I am totally confused about strings. Am just starting to learn to play and really I don't know what kind of strings to get. At the music store I they said I should get strings that cost about 30 USD. They said cheaper strings were not as good, that they would be more difficult to play and the instrument wouldn't sound as good? Is this true? I think the brand they offered me was "prelude" or something like this. What do you think? Is it better to order strings online? There are only 2 music stores I know of in Las Vegas. Actually I think only Sam Ash has the violin strings here...

Thanks, Tilly

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Tilly - In one way it is true but in other ways not. If you bow a violin with a lot of pressure the pitch tends to go up which makes it hard to play in-tune. Also, steel core strings, which cost less, have a harder, stronger more metallic sound. Some violins need that to have adequate volume.

I don't think that you should spend your hard earned cash on great strings at this point. Changing them to new strings, regardless of the type, would probably be a great improvement  Also you are playing outdoors a lot and expensive strings may not tolerate the climate.

Lastly, much cheaper online. Check out this link for DAddario Prelude strings at Amazon for only $12.94
 

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I put the Dominant strings on my Maggini today . WOW what a difference as a beginner I really didn't know what I was missing till I got to experience what good strings sound like. Plus it's easer to get the proper sound without having to work at it. You where right Pierre my strings where shot. Thanks, playing just got even more fun

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Cool Paul. Great to hear. They will get better in a few days too. Dominants need to be played in. Also they will stretch a lot in the beginning and need to be tuned frequently for a while. Congratulations on finding a string that works for your fiddle.dancinbunnydancinbunnydancinbunnydancinbunnydancinbunny

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Fiddlerman said:

Tilly – In one way it is true but in other ways not. If you bow a violin with a lot of pressure the pitch tends to go up which makes it hard to play in-tune. Also, steel core strings, which cost less, have a harder, stronger more metallic sound. Some violins need that to have adequate volume.

I don't think that you should spend your hard earned cash on great strings at this point. Changing them to new strings, regardless of the type, would probably be a great improvement  Also you are playing outdoors a lot and expensive strings may not tolerate the climate.

Lastly, much cheaper online. Check out this link for DAddario Prelude strings at Amazon for only $12.94

 

Thanks Fiddlerman, Just some clarification...

The Prelude strings  it looks like a good deal. Are those the steel core strings? So those are louder, I take it? But the sound is not as "warm"?

I guess there is a lot of personal preference involved. Basically, the music stores charge premium price and I should get cheaper strings at first, as a beginner, right? What could the Mojave Desert atmosphere do to strings? (Since we all agree I'm not going for natural gut strings here.) Are you suggesting steel core for me because of the volume issue? or because of the being in tune issue?

Still have lots and lots of questions. I am actually personally leaning towards the idea of synthetic core strings, if these truly are warmer sounding. I don't know if I really want them to be that loud anyway, right now... (still feel very self-conscious about my playing)...

Greetings and Thanks,

Tilly

 

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Yes Tilly, the Prelude strings are steel core strings. Synthetic core strings cost quite a bit more. They might sound warmer and nicer but there is no guarantee. Regardless of which strings you use, they tend to sound much better when they are fresh.

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Thanks Fiddlerman,

Just ordered the steel core strings from Amazon, plus some guitar and mandolin strings, etc. Very convenient.  Never ordered anything online before. Thanks for the tip.

Greetings,

Tilly

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You're welcome. You'll save money this way. Plus you don't have to spend the time, when you could be earning money or working on your new site, to go and find the strings.

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How often should someone change strings?

I bought the Super Sensitive ones with a Dominant e string, but the clerk said that the Super Sensitives would only last a few weeks. I've been playing on my strings that came with my violin for 4-5 months now. Since I bought the violin from the same shop, he said the strings I was currently using were probably Dominant because they usually put those on the violins they sell.

 

Also, what to the gauges do to to play-ability? I didn't notice there were different gauges until I was browsing the No Strings Attached store.dancinbunny 

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Super Sensitive will probably last you 3-500 hours or around 6 months. They could last longer depending on what kind of demand you have on the sound and intonation. They could also last much less time depending on your finger sweat acidity, climate indoors or outdoors, how aggressively you play, etc.

To see if you had Dominants on your violin check out this chart.

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Gauges affect bridge pressure, power and volume. Is you violin powerful or does it need a boost? Is it too strong and metallic sounding? Is it nice the way it is now?
Most players automatically get normal. 

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Fiddlerman said:

I just ordered a couple sets of strings from "No Strings Attached". Hoping the free shipping will not take an eternity to arrive. I am long overdue on changing my strings.

 

Where is this no string attached? KK?tongue

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http://www.nsamusicsupplies.com/

 

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