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    Michael Sanchez
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    I get this question a lot so I thought I would start a topic on it. The first thing that I think about with strings is differentiating between steel and synthetic material. Steel strings are cheaper quality (don’t sound as good), but are very durable. They function well for fiddle playing and work well with fine tuners (synthetic strings don’t and that is why you typically see good violins with only one fine tuner) .The best steel strings that I would recommend are Heliocore violin strings, as they are priced well for the quality. Synthetic strings are a lot warmer than steel strings (better sound), and this is what I recommend to any player looking to get optimal tone. The most popular synthetic strings are Dominant violin strings (I suggest a different E string as shown in the link) as they are priced very well for the quality of sound. If you want maximum warmth (and you are willing to pay more), I would suggest Obligato violin strings. Finally, if you are looking for the brightest string on the market, go with Evah Pirazzi violin strings. These can counter the sound of a violin very nicely if you feel like it is lacking on either side.

    #2118 Reply

    MaggieM
    Participant

    I am enjoying my Spirit Strings by Thomastik. The tone is clear and loud. Break-in period is short, maybe 2 days, and then tuning stays very stable. I’ve tried several beginner level strings, and these have really brought the sound out of my violin. Great for the price.

    #2360 Reply

    Kay Chang
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    Michael, you suggest a different E string as shown in what link?

    #2371 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    For some reason, many violinists don’t like playing on Dominant E strings. Every other string (A, D, G) is highly regarded, but since I have been around violin I have always been advised to replace the E. 9/10 times, I get advised to replaced the E string with a Pirastro gold. That is also what I see on a lot of websites so there is obviously a method for reason! I do think this set combination sounds good and I’ve always recommended it to students.

    #3496 Reply

    Leirbag
    Participant

    I ve heard that Pirastro chromcore are quite good strings for beginners.
    What’s your opinion?
    Thanx

    #3518 Reply

    David
    Participant

    How often should I replace my violin strings. Do you go by how many hours you’ve played on them, or months?
    How will I be able to tell by the way they start to sound if they need to be replaced?
    I also notice that I have a little plastic tube on the “E” String that sits on the bridge, what is the reason for this and why does this sting have one and not the others?

    #3603 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Hey David, here is a good thread about when to change strings.

    Good question about the tube on the E string. This is used to prevent buzzing which can commonly happen on the E string without the tube. It doesn’t always have to be there, and sometimes you do see them on other strings. Good question!

    #4413 Reply

    William Bickerstaff
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    The next set of strings I will put on my Damiano will be the Dominant with the Pirastro gold. I’m still searching for that best (for me) sounding string/violin match.

    #4414 Reply

    William Bickerstaff
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    The next set of strings I will put on my Damiano will be the Dominant with the Pirastro gold. I’m still searching for that best (for me) sounding string/violin match.
    I read somewhere that aluminum wound strings were a bit darker than the silver wound strings. Is this true?

    #4415 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    If you are looking for a brighter string, I suggest Evah Pirazzi violin strings. If you are looking for a warmer sounding string, I recommend Pirastro Obligato strings. These changes can really help if you are looking to push the sound to have more projection, or more richness/depth.

    Did you order the Damiano Will? I’m sorry that your name is not ringing a bell.

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