As someone who came to the violin only recently there's a lot to learn, and one thing I've certainly learnt is that cheap is by no means always cheerful, as I found with the starter violin I bought to see if I had any aptitude for the instrument. I've had a lot of issues as I'm sure many have hitting multiple strings and indeed making a sound like a cat being dragged through somewhere a cat shouldn't be dragged and on the advice of my teacher I upgraded the strings and bridge and let me say it has been a revelation for me - much thicker and of a much higher quality than the cheese wires that were fitted originally, these strings are a joy to play on, and the improvement in the sound of my cheapo violin is immediately noticeable even to a novice like myself, particularly playing higher notes on the E string which now sound like notes rather than the aforementioned cat-dragging of before.
I've just taken the plunge and ordered a custom built violin as I now know it will improve my playing immensely, and that is in no small part due to the quality of these strings.
As far as the vendor goes I have nothing but praise - the communication from the outset was excellent and the strings arrived very well packaged and extremely quickly. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.
All I have to do now is work on my timing...