Got my strings today! I've been using Tonicas plus a gold label E. Put the new strings on and wasn't so sure about them, so I purposely played a little hard/loud and played once through FM's double stop amazing grace. Tried a scale again and everything sounds great. I wish I could put into words what the difference is from Tonicas, but I can't quite describe it. Maybe more clear?
BUT... 2 wonderful changes from the Tonicas:
-The surface noise is almost cometely gone with the FM strings. This is something that has been driving me insane lately but I from what I read it's just part of playing and since your ear is right there you can't avoid it. Except apparently with these FM strings you can avoid it!
-Accidental sounds from string crossings are almost non existant. I recently started working on some Celtic fiddling. I just played this morning with the Tonicas and my biggest problem is all these accidental sounds every few notes. I just played the same song twice through on FM strings and it was squeaky clean. I don't know if this is even possible for different strings to make such a difference but you'd have a hard time convincing me that it's not the strings.
So I'll let these settle in for a few days and get a review up on Amazon!
Thanks for another great FM product!!
@Just4Fun I'm glad you mentioned the accidental sounds from string crossings... I thought I was just nuts and that changing strings wouldn't improve this, but I noticed that it all sounds smoother while crossing strings, but since I'm new to playing I just continually blame myself when I make noises I don't like, not the strings. While I still make noises I don't want to from string crossings, I think it's not nearly as much since I switched strings.
World's Okayest Fiddler
This past Sunday, I snapped the "Kaplan" non whistling E string on my "Frenzo Bartali" violin. Now I always use the, "Kaplan" non whistling E string. I decided to try out the "Fiddlerman" E string. I was really surprised how nice it sounds. Better than all the other E's I've used in the past. That includes the Zyex E, the "Obligato" E the Kaplan Gold, Helicore, and "Infeld Reds"
I put my second set of Fiddlerman strings on my "Frenzo Bartali" this afternoon and I'm very impressed how they sound on that violin too.
I had a mixture of, Zyex , Obligato and the FM E string on my "FB" which I left on. One can say what they want about, Dominant strings, but in my opinion, they are a much over rated string.
So my vote if there was a voting poll would be with the, "Fiddlerman" strings.
My set of Fiddlerman strings came in yesterday and they are taking a day or two to relax in a tube and lose some of that "coiled up in the package" thing. Yeah, I know there's some debate on if that is actually necessary with strings, but I think it helps a little, so I do it.
Nice looking strings, though. Winds and wraps look good and consistent.
One thought for the packaging, if Pierre is ever looking for more text to have on the package would be a key telling which colour silk wrap is which string. It probably wouldn't make a difference for most folks, who will most likely put them straight from wrapper onto the instrument. But if someone goes to use a old Fiddlerman string as an emergency replacement somewhere in the future, it could help avoid mistakes, and most companies I've seen have it on the packaging somewhere.
I do have a question, though it is understandable if Pierre prefers to not mention it until after more folks have tried the strings, since some folks may have some bias. What metal(s) are the wound strings wound with?
And a suggestion for Fiddlershop. I think that new Fiddlershop items should all be somewhere right on the first page one sees when going to Fiddlershop, especially from the links on the forum page here. I had to use the search to find the Fiddlerman strings, and I just think it would be good if the Fiddlerman brand items got more of a featured spot.
"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman
Woo hoo! I just got the notification that my Fiddlerman strings have been delivered by USPS! I thought there were coming in yesterday, but at least they're here now. I can't wait to get home and put them on my fiddle. It was about time to get another set of strings anyway, and who can argue with 99% off, right?!?
Thank you, @Fiddlerman, for the code as well as the new strings. I can't wait to hear how they sound. Once I get them on, I"ll give them a test run and let y'all know what I think.
I got home last night and saw the Fiddlershop package and was stoked! I only had a small problem getting the E string wound - it's the thinnest of the strings and I need a little help with my "technique" hahaha
I got them all on - had to tune and re-tune for a little while - and once they're able to hold their tune for a bit I began playing some of my tunes. This is most likely due to my (lack of) bowing skill, but the bow, a Fiddlerman CF bow, seemed to slide around on the strings, as if it doesn't have enough rosin. I rosined up my bow a little more, but effect remains the same. As I mentioned above, it's most likely due to my (lack of) bowing skills.
That being said, the strings feel quite different from my previous set, D'addario Pro Arte. The G string, in particular, feels a bit thicker, but not in a bad way. They actually wound much easier, but that could be due to the peg compound I've used since the D'addario strings were strung.
As for the overtones, I'm loving that aspect! I love the sound of all the strings, the G string in particular (I love the lower tones, which is probably why I'd also like to take up the cello). I'm planning on playing on the strings for a few more days before I leave a review on Amazon, but at this point, these are the best strings I've used. Now, if I could only improve on my bowing .....
I've just fitted my FM strings (previously had Dominants). Well, I can scarcely believe the difference! I didn't think it would be so marked!
Main Points: -
- Easier to produce the tone - i.e. more responsive to the bow
- Whole instrument seems to have more depth and resonance
- The E on the A string matches the open E string almost perfectly - with both the Dominants and the Preludes I had on before the open E was at least twice as loud as E on the A string - it almost hurt your ears. The other open strings are also better matched to the equivalent note on the lower string, but the biggest difference is on the A to E strings.
- When you go up the E string (e.g. to C and D - which is as far as I've got) the volume stays at a reasonable level. With the dominants it lost all its power.
And all this is noticeable on a cheapo starter violin!
I made a few recordings for the 'before', so I'll do the same for the 'after' and do an A-B comparison. Hardly necessary really as the difference is so obvious, but that's what I planned, so I'll do it.
Although I'm cutting a new bridge for my fiddle, in the interests of science I just cut the feet and marked off the G & E string positions and used the old bridge with the FM strings, to get a fair comparison.
Those are amazing reviews, I think I'm sold on these, especially when looking at the price! If my 'bridge-me-over'- violin ever arrives, I'll try some of those strings on it.
It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach
I just posted my review and am currently waiting for Amazon's review. I really like these strings, which are the best I've used. I don't have too much experience in that department, but these are most certainly better than D'addorio Pro-Arté strings, which is what I had on my violin, and which are now my backup set. I found out that it's better to play when your arm is not tired
I also learned to really appreciate the overtones, once the mute has been taken off. Not only is my fiddle much more powerful, but the overtones are simply wonderful to hear. Of course, it helps if I am actually on the correct note My wife hasn't complained too much lately, so I'm getting better and better at that, at least.
I posted my Amazon reviews for the strings and for the Fiddleshop.
Thanks for letting me demo these strings. And not that it matters but the string wrapping is a nice pretty purple that I like.
Cheers and Congrats on a new and successful product for your shop!
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