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The fiddle reviews database is here to help educate people before they purchase an instrument. Of course, this is not meant to be a substitute for playing the instrument yourself!

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Corelli: Crystal Violin Strings

Submitted by Austin Stovall on 4/4/2013

Where Purchased: South West Strings

Overall Comments

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 (The String Workshop)

Submitted by Austin Stovall on 11/2/2012

Overall Comments

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

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