Strings: Helicore or Fiddlerman?
February 20, 2020 at 3:10 PM #82139Gunnar SalyerParticipant
So I just went to check the string selections at Fiddlerman, and found that the daddario helicore strings are the same price as Fiddlerman strings. So which ones should I get? Is one better or are they just different?February 20, 2020 at 3:47 PM #82140Steve SraderParticipant
Gunnar , DR: John use’s Helicore , Fiddleman strings are equivalent to Dominant strings according to reviews ! I like the Helicore !February 20, 2020 at 3:52 PM #82142FrederickParticipant
Helicore or Zyex for me. Evah Pirazzi’s if I had the money! lolFebruary 20, 2020 at 6:27 PM #82146Brandon FParticipant
I have tried a variety of different strings and so far the best I’ve found are the old fiddler line by super sensitive. However that depends on the sound your looking for. About $20 a set and they will last a very long time. Especially good for fast fiddle tunes. They sell them on that same site- good luck.February 20, 2020 at 6:49 PM #82149Great ScottModerator
Gunnar, I have tried a number of different brands and names of strings when I first got playing the fiddle. And I tried them out on both my fiddles. I had Helicore strings on my German violin but I swapped out the E string for a Jargar E. I thought the Helicore strings were okay, but then I heard a lot of fuss over the Zyex fiddle strings: so I gave them a try and I really REALLY liked the sound. My German violin has a warm bright tone, and I didn’t want it sounding any brighter. I found that the Helicore strings made it sound TOO bright sounding, so I put the Zyex strings on and it made it sound just right — not as bright as the Helicore strings, but very warm, and oh so cuddly. They say that the Zyex strings sound very close to the old gut strings. I can not substantiate that claim, but I like their warmth.
Don’t take any notice of the Zyex strings sound when you hear my violin in the Lion’s Den. I have to play with a mute because my violin is deafening to me under my ear.
Fiddle strings are really a matter of what floats your boat and the sound that you are looking for. Some good suggestions from the other folks here, but if I had to choose between the FM and Zyex (at the same price), I’d go Zyex. (as much as I revere Fiddlerman himself.)February 20, 2020 at 7:35 PM #82160Steve SraderParticipant
Great Scott for what ever reason , I received four of the same duplicate messages you just posted weird !February 20, 2020 at 9:37 PM #82165Gunnar SalyerParticipant
Ok I think I’ll go with the helicores, they’ll definitely be an upgrade from the Preludes I’m usingFebruary 20, 2020 at 10:44 PM #82171Great ScottModerator
Gunnar, I am sure you will enjoy the Helicores. You play rather well so I think you will sound great with whatever strings you use. I tried the Preludes in the beginning but I found them to sound too tinny and metallic- sounding. I think the Prelude strings (all four of them)are steel strings.
I hope you enjoy your new strings when you get them. Welcome back to stateside.February 21, 2020 at 11:41 AM #82180Nancy ParkerParticipant
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I started with Dominants, switched to helicore for a big improvement on both my fiddles, then tried Zyex on my older fiddle and got a sizeable improvement again.
Each player will eventually find what works best for what they want to feel & hear out of a particular instrument. Don’t be afraid to experiment.March 4, 2020 at 1:54 PM #82368Loretta LParticipant
My husband and I were in Florida last week and had the chance to stop at the Fiddlerman showroom in Pompano beach, We met the owners daughter and her boyfriend, they even gave us a tour of their new building, they just moved in and are still unpacking, If you ever get to Pompano beach, it is well worth the stop!March 4, 2020 at 1:55 PM #82369Loretta LParticipant
My husband and I were in Florida last week and had the chance to stop at the Fiddlerman showroom in Pompano beach, We met the owners daughter and her boyfriend, they even gave us a tour of their new building, they just moved in and are still unpacking, If you ever get to Pompano beach, it is well worth the stop!
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