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Each year I open up my childhood violin, check all is OK, tune it, and put it away. Then one year I thought I'd "upgrade" it, mainly because the E-string was squeaking too often, and its strings had been on there for well over 30 years, during the first of 10 of which it had had regular use. What a mistake. After only 6 years of fitting these D'Addario Helicores, I opened the case to find that the A and D strings had snapped... and they'd never been played for more than 30 minutes total in their life. The violin is kept at room temperature, so the strings are not "stressed" in anyway other than being fitted to a violin! Low quality, avoid.
These strings sound gorgeous, and being wider than the original strings that came with the violin, they are easier on the fingers because the touch can be very light while still getting a lovely rich sound.
I took the original strings (thin and shrill sounding) off of a student violin and, on a recommendation of a friend, bought a set of these. The difference in playability and tone is very marked, even at my early stage of playing. Even on a student violin these sound superb, turning a tolerable violin into one that now reflects my abilities (which is of course a very subjective statement! lol)
I would strongly recommend trying a set of these. I'm fairly sure that once you have that you will not hesitate to buy them again (which is a very subjective statement again of course, but I think you'll agree).
I tried many expensive strings on my Barcus berry pickup violectra , this one by far give beatiful rich sound with the pickup. I was going to give up on using the pickup but these strings got my hope back. Highly recommend and excellent value if compared with the other expensive strings double the price ...
Replaced my Dominant strings with these Helicore Medium Tension strings as I started to play more fiddle music vs classical. They came highly recommended from fiddlers across the web, from research and asking on Insta. I am very happy with them, the sound and tone they produce. The only string I'm not entirely happy with is the G string as I now find it to dull, so think I will replace this. Overall they have greatly improved the sound for fiddle tunes though so I can highly recommend them. If you want to see hem being played, you can on my insta @melaviolingirl.
Fitted these strings as soon as I received them which was very promptly. They settled in tuning wise very quickly within a week and am now in the process of playing in them in. At the moment they sound rather brighter and a louder sound overall than my older set of strings but time will tell after they are played in.
I use these on my gigging violin which has a pick up fitted. They are very responsive and give a bright but warm tone. I also use Dominant and Pirastro Tonica strings but these are great, particularly for bluegrass and folk styles but also for classical. If ou have a slightly dull or quiet violin these would probably be ideal.