This is a review for the Super-Sensitive Sensicore Medium gauge violin strings.
I wrote a review for their Super-Sensitive Original rosin, and the Super-Sensitive company was very generous and said that they would send me their Clarity rosin and Sensicore violin strings to be reviewed and featured in my articles. The Sensicore strings are made out of Perlon, if you don’t know what that is it is pretty much a type of Nylon string that is made to mimic the sound of traditional Catgut strings but with a bit more stability, as a musician you don’t really need to know more than that. The MSRP price for the Sensicore violin strings is listed at about $73 USD, but you can sometimes find them at most music stores and online dealers for a marked down price of $30.
The feel and Sound of the Sensicore strings
The Sensicore violin strings project their sound nice and clear when you run your bow across them, and they have a mellow tone and a soft feel that you would expect out of Perlon strings.
When I put the violin strings on for the very first time I actually didn’t like how they sounded. In my opinion they were a bit rough sounding and made my violin sound scratchy, I think the D string sounded the worse to me. However, after the Sensicore violin strings broke in their sound evened out and softened up a bit. I found that if you put the Sensicore strings on mellow violins they sound a bit rough, but if you put them on bright sounding violins the strings help even out the tone of your instrument to produce a nice balanced sounding tone.
The longer I had the strings on my violin the more I liked the sound. The thing I liked the most about the Sensicore violin strings was how fast they adjusted and settled in place. I put the strings on and tuned up to pitch and I was actually able to play the violin in about 30 minutes without making any other adjustments. Over the next few days the strings more or less stayed in tune and made it easy to pick up the violin and start playing.
Sadly, I ran into a problem with my Sensicore violin strings. One day while I was talking with my brother I heard a feint popping sound. At the time my brother was holding a ring binder and I thought he snapped a page in place before putting the binder away, but when he told me he didn’t, my eyes went straight to my violin case. I opened it up and found that my 2nd A string had broken for no apparent reason.
When I inspected the string I found that it had unraveled from the ball end and snapped. After the string broke I went and did some research and found that this seems to be a Common problem with the Sensicore strings. Other people have reported that they open their violin case to find one of their strings broken, and just like my own violin; their string had also unwrapped from around the ball end and broke.
I found a simple solution for you though, just detune the violin when you are done playing. The strings seem to slowly tighten over time and will go sharp when the weather changes, so if you use the fine tuners and take a bit of the tension off they should be fine (at least mine were). After having the violin strings on for a few days I didn’t have any other problems with them going sharp. My guess is that the strings had to adjust to the change in weather.
The second problem I found with the Sensicore strings is that they don’t like a lot of rosin. You will need to even out the sound of the Sensicore violin strings with the right balance of rosin to find the best sound quality, otherwise the strings sound really rough and scratchy.
Overall thoughts about the Sensicore Strings
After I found the right combination of rosin and I found out what caused the strings to randomly snap, the Sensicore violin strings slowly started to grow on me and I haven’t had any other problems with them. I found that the Sensicore violin strings require a soft touch and light bow strokes to get a beautiful and soft tone out of them, and a bit of light vibrato really produced a beautiful sound for me.
Of course all of this is based around player preference, so the sound of the Sensicore strings will depend on your violin and choice of rosin. I prefer a soft, smooth and sweet sound from my violins, so based on my experience with the strings I would give them a rating of 7 out of 10. The Sensicore strings lose a few points for that random string that unraveled and broke on me, but other than that one problem they sound nice and are great for holding their tune.
Overall, I would recommend you give them a try to see if you like them.
For more information visit the Super-Sensitive official website.
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