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Jan 24, 2020 - 5:02:10 PM
38 posts since 8/20/2019

Noob question. I want to try some new strings and I looked at Piastro Chromcor. From what I see a set is available with a ball end E string or a loop end E string. Should I assume the other 3 strings are whatever the E string is?

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:17:07 PM

DougD

USA

9767 posts since 12/2/2007
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I've never used Chromcor, but I think the choice is only for the E string. The others will be ball end.

Jan 24, 2020 - 5:18:20 PM

2044 posts since 10/22/2007

Most fine tuners accept ball,or loop end strings, with a sort of two toed claw.

If one chooses the ball end, be sure the string pays out cleanly between the toes of the claw. Else-wise, the string could kink and weaken.

I've never dealt with loop and strings, so i would not know weather to loop over 1 or 2 claws. 

Many mandolins have loop end strings. There's typically a single peg to attatch too.

Edited by - farmerjones on 01/24/2020 17:25:19

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:29:52 PM

1655 posts since 12/11/2008

I strung my first decent fiddle with Pirastro Chromcor. I've gone on to synthetic strings for my "better" fiddles but I still happily use Chromcors on that first fiddle...which I still own and use a lot. They feel good under the left hand. It's easy to get sound out of them (which is something you'll truly appreciate as a beginning fiddler), and the sound they do provide is surprisingly good. Finally, oh yeah, get a Ball End E.

Jan 25, 2020 - 4:03:47 PM

38 posts since 8/20/2019

Thanks for the clarifications!

Mar 4, 2020 - 7:14:57 PM

194 posts since 3/1/2020

The choice of ball or loop is for the E string, as there are different kinds of fine tuners for the E string. The other strings always have a ball at the end, unless they’re natural gut, where you have to tie a knot.

Ball end E strings fit onto an arm that has a slot in its middle where the string can pass through. Loop end E strings fit onto a tuner that has a hook, such as the Hill style tuner.

Mar 5, 2020 - 11:44:36 AM

robinja

USA

1104 posts since 6/25/2007

I use Chromcor strings. The G, D, and A strings are ball end.

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