Couple strings questions

July 24, 2004 at 02:16 AM · My first and only set of strings on my violin (which I have only been playing for about a year) were Thomastik Spirocore. I guess they are bad, and my teacher had me buy Thomastik Infeld red strings. My other ones were not worn out though so I just tucked the Infeld ones away and only this week have changed them (due to peg trouble and also because my E string finally broke).

The Infelds sound a lot more full and rich than the Spirocores did. I am wondering what you guys think of these strings? For the same money can I get better strings? I am going to have to buy another set soon (I like to have a spare set) so I want to get my money's worth.

Also I have some more questions about stringing the instrument. Is it OK for some of the unwrapped portion of the string to be wrapped around the peg? My E string has that, about 1/2 wrap worth. I'm wondering if somehow they gave me too long of a string or what. Also, on the G string, so little is wrapped around the peg that the cloth-wrapped part is just barely above the nut. I guess that string will probably stretch with time anyway so I'm not so worried about that as I am about the E. I don't want to get a big dent in my peg because of the wire.

Of course I would normally be asking a teacher these questions, but I don't have one right now. Thank you for bearing with my newbie questions.

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July 24, 2004 at 05:43 PM · Well, it all depends on how certain strings act with your instrument. I personally really like Thomastik Dominant strings with my violin. They just happen to sound fantastic, and they are one of the most inexpensive sets of strings around. So, I'd try out a set of Dominants. Another plus about these strings is that if a string breaks, say, the day of a performance, the Dominant string settles on tuning pretty easily (much faster, than say, gut strings like Olives or something).

And about the string cover not being long enough... it's a pretty common thing, and won't hurt your pegs. My strings do it too.

July 25, 2004 at 11:25 AM · about the stings being too short or long, it doesn't really matter, though if they were all really long, I'd probably check to make sure you're violin is really full size or not.

The only time you should worry about your strings being too short is if the cotton at the peg box end actually comes over onto the fingerboard. I'm not sure as I've never seen anything like this but i'd assume that there'd be a dramatic effect on the tone

July 25, 2004 at 01:36 PM · Thank you for the info. :D

I did have Dominants at the very first. Didn't like 'em. I do love the sound of the Infelds, especially the gold E! I am very inexperienced so it may not really be that great, but I like it.

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