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215 reviews in the archive.
Where Purchased: South West Strings
I have always been a steel string user but have been wanting to experiment with synthetic strings for a warmer sound. I am very pleased with the sound and playability of these strings. They are just as easy to play as my Helicore strings I have been using but with more warmth but still seem to be loud enough. Now I have heard that they won't hold up to cross tuning which is fine because I've been more interested in non cross tuned old-time fiddle tunes right now and they are perfect for that. the only other synthetic strings I have ever tried were dominants and I like these Corelli strings WAY better and best of all they are much better priced. I never thought I would like non steel strings this much but these strings have opened my mind.
Overall Rating: 7
Jonathan Goldstein at the String Workshop in Oak ridge TN, does great setups and repair and is very affordable. The turnaround time has been very speedy on both fiddles I have taken in recently. They were ready within 2 days one was for a new bridge and soundpost and the other was just for a new bridge. I was very happy with the results of both and will be using his shop exclusively for now on.
I have heard that more in depth work could take a fairly long time depending on how busy he is but Im sure no longer than any other shop. He is a great repair person and is also certified for martin guitar repairs.
Having a bridge cut only cost 30 dollars with tax and having a new bridge and sound post fit was less than 50 dollars. My fiddles now both sound great!
Overall Rating: 10
'Lil Liza Jane' 5 hrs
'Beamont Rag' 5 hrs
'Ghost Riders' 2 days
'Fiddle and Case' 2 days