Posted by salishsilver on Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007 @10:51:51 AM
Does the fiddle have four string adjusters? They are also called fine tuners. Those are the nickel-plated or black thingies with a screw at the tail piece that when you tighten it, the tension increases, and when you loosen it, the string tension decreases.
If you have four string adjusters, you can get the cheapest steel strings around, say of the Super Sensitive label. If you have only one string adjuster, then get a set with a steel E (the high string) and synthetic cores for the others. Since you are just learning, it frankly doesn't matter what kind you use. Personally, when I was learning I preferred the softer tone of the synthetic cores.
Spend an extra $4 and buy a cheap practice mute. You kith and kin will thank you! Big hint: an Ultra viola practice mute is bigger and still fits a fiddle, quieting it down even further. If money should rain from the sky and you can afford $11 - $13 for a mute, get a metal one, trying it at the store to make sure that it will stay on the bridge.
Speaking of mutes, in addition to using a metal mute, I slip a brass Gold Tone Ultra Banjo Mute onto the bridge below the fiddle strings for extra dampening. If you have one, use it.