I always say, there's no replacing good quality when you're looking to buy anything for your violin playing. If you can afford it, go with the best, and you won't be sorry! Also, no matter what starter kit you end up going with, you'll probably want to replace the strings on there with something better, and being that strings do break every once in a while, it's a good idea to have a backup set so you're not out of comission until you get one. I've got a couple of suggestions here based on your budget. Click on the picture to pick them up
.I'm going to be totally honest here. These aren't great. But any cheaper, and you're really getting into the terrible stuff. that you could basically make yourself with some jewelery wire.But they do the trick. Many school orchestras use these, and many rental instruments also use these strings, since they are really the cheapest strings that actually do the trick for you. And they're half the price of the next option, which is a huge plus!
These are what I recommend to my students who are on a budget. In 2014, Dominant raised their prices, and suddenly became less affordable for the violinists, and many poor students found themselves discovering these strings. Now, I gotta tell you- they aren't as good as the more professional strings, but they are also half the price. So you get what you pay for, but they are definitely functional and will serve you well until you are ready for the next step!
I used Zyex's for a while when I was using an instrument while my violin was being fixed. They were really useful and sturdy! Because I had already found my strings, I didn't feel like testing them out on my instrument. I had done some investing in different strings, but felt like it was more than a little annoying to test strings out, when there was stilla good chance that what I had was the best. Still, I really liked these strings, and would suggest them as either a backup, or a slightly cheaper alternative to the Dominants
Dominants are my go-tos. I LOVE these strings! They are definitely more expensive, and while there are many different brands of strings that are even more expensive than Dominants, many world-class violinists love Dominants. So if you are committed to excellence, or have a terrible fiddle that needs some really serious help that you can't really afford to invest in, but you have $50, then here's where I would put your investment. Because these strings will help you to work magic (with a good dose of hard work, of course!)
The only failing in this string set is the E string. So many people switch the E string out for a different brand. My first violin teacher used the Gold Label E, and I still use it to this day.