D'Addario Helicore Viola String Set
Helicore viola strings are crafted with a multi-stranded steel core, resulting in optimal playability while producing a clear, warm tone. The smaller string diameter provides quick bow response. Premium quality materials combined with skilled workmanship produces strings known for excellent pitch stability and longevity.
- Available tensions: Light, Medium, Heavy
- Available sizes: Short Scale to Extra Long Scale
- Stranded steel core
- Windings: A- aluminum, D- titanium, G- silver, C- tungsten-silver
- Versatile string that works well for a wide variety of playing styles and instruments
- All D'Addario strings are designed, engineered and manufactured in the USA
- Packaged in uniquely-designed sealed pouches providing unparalleled protection from the elements that cause corrosion
Short scale: Fits 15” violas and under
Medium scale: Fits 15”-16” violas
Long scale: Fits 16” violas and over
Extra long scale: Fits 17” violas and over
Available string sets
D'Addario Helicore Viola String Set, Extra Long Scale, Medium Tension H410 XLM
D'Addario Helicore Viola String Set, Long Scale, Heavy Tension H410 LH
D'Addario Helicore Viola String Set, Long Scale, Light Tension H410 LL
D'Addario Helicore Viola String Set, Long Scale, Medium Tension H410 ML
D'Addario Helicore Viola String Set, Medium Scale, Medium Tension H410 MM
D'Addario Helicore Viola String Set, Short Scale, Medium Tension SM
Well, it wasn't a set since I had to order E string separately but I now have an E string that goes with the other set of four strings. I used a violin E which was okay. Now I have a matched set so to speak. Everything sounds nice. I'll use these strings from now on.
I purchased a Fiddlershop 16.5" Concert Viola and started taking lessons. About 5 months into it, I decided to try some new strings. I ordered these and another set. I installed these first, while my instructor watched on camera (distance learning) and once installed, I spent about 30 minutes just making noise, double stops, long , short, fast and slow bowings while continually making sure they stayed in tune. WOW, what a difference, the sound in much clearer, louder, and easier to play. The whole instrument resonates now and you can feel it in your hands. I'm sold, at some point I'll buy some more expensive string and see if I can tell if there is a difference.
I put these strings on a used 14 inch viola that I purchased from a private party. I suspect the strings on it were the original. I had the violin shop where it originally came from play it and compare it to a 15 inch viola where I could hear a major difference between the 14 and 15 inch instruments. I wish I had put the Helicores on first before doing the comparison because the difference would not have been so great. Right now I like the 14 inch viola because it feels like my violin. I am a 2 year violin student so the viola is just something I play for a little variety and the new strings are a hit so far.
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