Are metal steel strings OK for classic violin? Never played violin, you know.

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    Can you expand on your question a little to help get the best answers? For instance, are just starting to learn the violin and you have a violin that has no strings on it? Do you have a violin teacher? Are trying to help someone else? Tell us a little more about the particular situation. Commented Jan 19, 2016 at 17:51
  • Perhaps you're getting confused by the similar association of nylon vs. steel for guitar?
    – user6164
    Commented Jan 19, 2016 at 18:50
  • Short answer: for a beginner, yes. Long answer: There are a lot of possibilities. music.stackexchange.com/questions/37982/…
    – Karen
    Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 13:56
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    @ShawnStrickland I hang out with fiddle players (never classical violin players) and had assumed that all violins were steel strings. But apparently classical players do use gut strings. So the general pattern on guitar of "steel for folk nylon for classical" would appear to apply to violin too. Lets see if a violinist can shed some light. ifshinviolins.com/Articles/tabid/145/articleType/ArticleView/… Commented Jan 21, 2016 at 21:03

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You'll be hard put to find non-metal steel strings. Joking aside, a massive steel string is typical for the E string. All the others are usually wound with metal but have a gut-like core.

  • what are the top brand strings for violin, like Earnie Ball and Dean Markley for guitar?
    – VassiaAlk
    Commented Jan 22, 2016 at 15:30

This is very broad.

Classical strings, as noted in user25984's answer, are actually made of a long core (synthetic, metallic or rarely gut) and of a wound, generally of steel, sometimes of silver.

Baroque strings are gut.

Are metal steel strings OK for classic violin?

Yes, they definitely are ok for classical violin. There is a large range of colors you can achieve by choosing this or that string set. Thomastik strings are very known strings, cheap yet producing good sound.

I personally like Vision Titanium Orchestral string sets, for their bright sound, their responsiveness and their long life time.

It should be noted, however, that the kind of influence string has on sound can take some time to be aware of.

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