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Do You Need a Loop or a Ball End for Your E-string?


This is a frequent question that those of us in the Call Center need to ask customers as we try to accurately place your orders. This can be confusing, especially for parents who haven’t yet had the opportunity to install strings on their student’s instrument. Hopefully the following information will be of help!

The lower three strings (A, D, G for violin or D, G, C for viola) will ALWAYS have ball-ends in the synthetic and steel brands, so you won’t need to worry about those. The E string (or A string, in the case of the viola), however, will either have a loop or a ball end.

A LOOP END looks like this:

Loop End


... and it attaches to fine tuners that look like this:


Loop End Tuner


A BALL END looks like this:


Ball End


... and it attaches to the instrument like this:


Ball End Tuner


... or like this:


Ball End Tuner


Note: a loop end string would also work on the above string adjuster; you would simply loop the end over one of the two prongs.


If you have any further concerns about loop vs. ball end, check out this video:



Genius! This will save you guys alot of hassle! :)
Posted @ Friday, February 03, 2012 9:27 AM by Alissa
Call me crazy but I have just purchased and installed a Hill type a fine tuner for my Russell Coe Viola and after a couple of days I think my viola sounds a little more open and relaxed sounding and rings a tiny bit more. I would not say huge difference but just enough to be enjoyable to me when I am practicing
Posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 10:25 AM by Lewis Brinin
What means by loop?
Posted @ Wednesday, June 25, 2014 3:59 AM by Yugam
The loop is on the end of the string. It (or the ball) attach to the instrument's tail piece.
Posted @ Monday, August 25, 2014 9:55 AM by Joseph Chapman
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