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A Question About Steel Core Strings
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October 21, 2011 - 2:42 am
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In your review of the CVA-600, you mention the strings in the "Cons" list with:

  • Steel core strings hinder richer sound and make it difficult to play in-tune.
Do you think that the strings that came with my Cecilio viola, which are surely the same ones, are an impediment to learning to play in tune?
Would changing strings make a noticeable difference this early in my education, or should I stick with the ones I have for now?
October 22, 2011 - 6:22 pm
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You should not change strings now. Strings often need to be changed after 4-600 hours of playing to sound good and you have an extra set as well. I don't think that you would notice that much of a difference at this stage. When the time comes for you to purchase strings I think you should buy synthetic core, preferably perlon. They are more flexible and therefore easier to play in tune with when playing strong and hard. To illustrate what I am talking about pull an open string with your bow as fast and hard as you can and you will here it go up and down in pitch. This does not happen much on flexible strings. They shouldn't bee too flexible though for strength.


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November 3, 2011 - 3:24 am
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now that we are talking about strings, I have a question, I am using silver core strings in my violin because a friend of mine told me that where great strings but i am wondering, how can I know what kind of strings are the good ones?? do you have any brand recomendation??? and how diferent are the viola stings and the violin strings???  I know that this is a viola forum, but i have to ask this due to I am interested in those intruments

November 3, 2011 - 8:58 pm
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Good question.

It depends very much what you want to achieve and what kind of instrument you are using. If you have a harsh sounding instrument and want to warm it you go for synthetic (perlon, nylon) core strings and the best lower strings are usually silver instead of aluminum. They last a little longer in any case.

If you have a very quiet instrument and need to strengthen the sound you could try higher tension strings and even steel fiber core. Steel core is to tense in my opinion.

The most recommended strings in the world are Dominant but they are very expensive. Even better are the Obligato in my opinion. Dominants are often used even on old fine violins such as Strads, Guarani.......

There are great gut core instruments but you need a canon of a violin to pull them off in my opinion. Oliv, and Kaplan are great gut core strings.

Best strings for the money would probably be D'addario strings made in America as apposed to the strings made in Germany and Austria. Pirastro and Thomastic-Infeld.

Have you ever tried "Pro-Arte" or "Zyex"? You can get some great deals on Pro-Arte strings.`

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