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Jul 30, 2021 - 2:31:30 PM
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WyoBob

USA

286 posts since 5/16/2019

I just learned this the other day by listening to a recording.   I'm just about to my 2nd anniversary of taking up the fiddle.  Played on my GEWA fiddle equipped with Helicore medium strings and my $35.00 Kmise bow.

https://www.fiddlehangout.com/myhangout/media-player/audio_player2.asp?musicid=14410&archived=

Jul 30, 2021 - 6:41:39 PM

12317 posts since 9/23/2009

Nice job, Bob! Two years is a good amount of time to really get going on the fiddle. What do you think of the Helicore strings...how long have they been on there?

Jul 31, 2021 - 4:52:42 AM
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WyoBob

USA

286 posts since 5/16/2019

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Originally posted by groundhogpeggy

Nice job, Bob! Two years is a good amount of time to really get going on the fiddle. What do you think of the Helicore strings...how long have they been on there?


Thanks, Peggy.

I like the Helicore's for the most part.   I like the feel of the D and G string's smaller diameter and the sound they produce.  They seem a bit more mellow than Prims.  I've switched out strings on my 3 fiddles, testing out Prims and Helicores (and a few others) over the last two years to see which strings sound best on which fiddle.   I'm pretty settled on Prim and Helicore.  The Heli's on the GEWA have been on for around 3 months.

For E strings, I use Prim Lisa or Goldbrokat.   I've read about the problems with Helicore "A" strings.   I've never had a winding unravel on any string but several of the "A" Helicore strings took a week or two to "settle in" which was annoying.   They constantly went out of tune and when adjusting the fine tuner, the note wouldn't change right away and then went past the target.  This happened on two fiddles.   Bridge and nut grooves are properly sized and I always use graphite in the slots so it wasn't a string slot problem.

I'll probably end up using Prim mediums for the rest of my fiddle adventure.  Low cost from Southwest Strings and you can put them on and tune 'em up and they're rock solid and hold tuning well and work great for cross tuning.

Jul 31, 2021 - 8:42:29 AM
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271 posts since 4/15/2019

Sounding good Bob! I been trying to record myself for a good while now, but not having much luck! I bought a QN 2 recorder but cannot figure out how it works. Going to have to get one of the grandkids over to look at it. A few yrs ago I figured out how to use the handheld video recorders and now they are obsolete. Can you still buy them? Cannot keep up with all the changes! Anyway stay with it! I noticed a few slides and double stops in there! Sounded good!

Jul 31, 2021 - 2:02:36 PM

12317 posts since 9/23/2009

I've used Helicores quite a bit and gonna try out Prims next time I change strings. Thanks for all the string info!

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