It's a String Thing...

August 10, 2006 at 06:59 AM · What type of strings are recommended for young beginner students?

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August 10, 2006 at 08:20 PM · I think the most popular are Super Sensitive red Label.

August 10, 2006 at 11:58 PM · Dominants--I guess it kind-of depends on the instrument and the size.

August 10, 2006 at 11:55 PM · Dominants. Good, affordable, stable, easy to get a good sound out of. Whatever you get, get synthetic-core.

August 11, 2006 at 01:20 AM · Red labels are good. But the better the strings the better the sound to come out of your violin. But what ever you do, don't buy those $3 strings off ebay. They are worthless. But I would suggest Corelli crystal. They are inexpensive and great.

August 11, 2006 at 02:00 AM · I started on dominants I believe. They are very good strings for the price.

August 11, 2006 at 03:00 AM · Dominants work good for us.. we replace them every 3 months or so because of the practicing and in my opinion sound better than red label. But if (s)he is beginning red label would be ok

Happy playing


August 12, 2006 at 02:08 PM · Dominants are a good all around string for any level of play. If your looking for something slightly less expensive, the D'addario strings do alright. Helicores, Pro Arts(perlon), Preludes, are not bad. Better than the SS Red Labels, IMO.

August 12, 2006 at 03:01 PM · Hi,

I like to recommend Helicore. They have the advantages of steel - stay well in tune and last long, but with a nicer sound than steel strings like Red Label or Piranito. They don't last quite as long and are a little more expensive, but the sound advantage is worth the extra cash.


August 12, 2006 at 03:08 PM · I played on Helicores for a while, they're nice, I remember a very clean sound.

August 12, 2006 at 08:50 PM · Helicores aren't bad, and they last longer than dominants. The Red Labels are terrible

August 13, 2006 at 02:44 AM · I started on dominants too... But I didn't really like them. Then I played on Sensicore, but those didn't work for me either. So now I play on Corelli crystal which aren't that expensive (a set is only like $20 or so) and they are great. But it is what works for you and your violin.

August 13, 2006 at 05:31 PM · If you are considering inexpensive steel core strings then try Pirastro Piranito. The price is comparable to SuperSensitive but, in my opinion, they have a much warmer sound.

For synthetic core strings there are several options in small sized strings. They include, Dominant, Evah Pirazzi, Obligato and the new Thomastik Vision strings.

In our shop we put Dominants on all our rental violins, yep, even 1/16 size. We find that the teachers prefer our instruments because they are chosen for sound and also because they have a professional setup, including professional quality strings. Many teachers have said that they find students have better success when their violin sounds as good as possible.

August 13, 2006 at 04:08 PM · I cant see spending the money on Obligatos, Evah, or Visions for young beginner students. While very good strings, they are overpriced for professionals, let alone students. Even the Dominants seem a bit pricey, considering some of the cheaper alternatives available to beginners.

I look at this way....would you buy a young beginner student a benchmade and a 5000+ dollar bow? I took it to the extreme to express my point, but same principle.

August 13, 2006 at 07:10 PM · Yah craig I see your point. I even agree that some of those strings are too expensive for me an advanced student. But you have to figure in the quality of these strings. As long as a begginner doesn't try to tune their violin themselves then these strings should last a long time. Also the higher quality the strings are the better the violin will sound therefore (in my opinion) encouraging the student to continue.

August 14, 2006 at 03:40 PM · I've got three kids of my own playing on fractional sized violins. They could care less what type of strings are on them. I certainly don't remember thinking too much of it at that age. Professional quality strings may help improve the sound some, but a cracker box is still gonna sound like a cracker box.

Use the money you would have spent on pro strings and have a luthier do a general setup on the instrument. That will make more difference to the child and to the instrument, than a particuliar brand of string. Encouragement should come from the teachers and parents, and the child will recognize and react to that much sooner than a set of strings. Or, maybe it's the parents and teachers that need the extra encouragement? ;) :)

August 22, 2006 at 07:34 PM · for the beginner; cheap and durable. move up when doing so makes a difference to the player.

August 22, 2006 at 08:19 PM · Shar is now offering new strings for $10 a set. And they come with both a loop and a ball end E. They seem to be confident on the quality of the strings seeing they give free shipp and a 30 day risk free trial peroid. I believe that they are called Overture Premium violin strings. I think I am going to order some. They were tested very highly by professional violinists.

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