When buying violin strings I am often confused about what end the string has. For the E string it usually says ball-end or loop end, but often the other strings do not mention the end explicitely. Can I assume that ball-end is implicit?

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    Can you...finish the question, please...!
    – Tim
    Jun 17, 2019 at 10:51
  • When in doubt, just call or email the store you're buying from. Jun 17, 2019 at 15:03
  • As User Tim puts it: "Can you...finish the question, please...!"
    – user45266
    Jun 18, 2019 at 0:09
  • Sorry, don't know why the question was cut short. It should be fixed now :-) Jun 18, 2019 at 11:08
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    btw- if it comes up, a ball end can be converted to a loop end by merely pushing the ball out of the loop. Jun 19, 2019 at 12:59

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It depends on the type of strings.

For steel or synthetic core, the three lower strings are always ball end, and you can get three different types of ends for the E: ball end, loop end, or removable ball end (take the ball out and you get a loop end).

But gut strings are available in either ball end or loop end for all strings - some manufacturers offer only one, some give you a choice.

  • Exactly. The modern trend is toward ball ends for all strings. Jun 18, 2019 at 11:36

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