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Oct 23, 2020 - 11:39:54 AM

DougD

USA

9828 posts since 12/2/2007

The E string recently broke on a fiddle, and I replaced it with a Goldbrokat. I was about to throw away the old one when I noticed it was wound (not something I put on). Winding is green at the peg end and white with a black spiral at the tailpiece.
For future reference is that likely a Pirastro #1?

Oct 23, 2020 - 12:00:54 PM

Mobob

USA

142 posts since 10/1/2009

could be a kaplan non-whistling e, ks311w

Oct 23, 2020 - 12:09:22 PM

235 posts since 3/1/2020

Probably Kaplan. The Pirastro No. 1 has the same colors but it’s rare to see that E string anywhere. Most players who are looking to tame a whistle use Warchal Amber and Timbre or Kaplan.

Oct 24, 2020 - 7:34:42 AM
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Oct 25, 2020 - 6:00:18 AM

DougD

USA

9828 posts since 12/2/2007

Thanks Richard. I've used that site for years but it wasn't much help this time since apparently two strings use the same colors, and neither are included in that chart. Here's a more complete one: thesoundpost.com/en/string-charts. and there's a good one in .pdf format at the violin string review website.
Thanks for the suggestions on the string - I didn't know about the Kaplan. Maybe I should have been clearer. I've owned this instruments since the 1970's - it was my first violin. For the last 20 years or so its been strung with Prim, and if the E breaks I usually replace it with a Goldbrokat if I have one, since they're inexpensive and seem to work just fine. I've never had a problem with whistling and don't remember ever buying a wound E string. I don't play this fiddle too much anymore but I still enjoy it, and when the E string broke the other day I was surprised it was wound and wondered where it came from. I'm still thinking about it - more of this exciting story later.

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