String experiment order
I have been using the famous Dominant strings for several years... I liked the string so far (wound e is not too bad), but decided to try other numerous brands...
From other posts in v.com, I learned that e string affects tone quality of the ADG strings or whole instrument.
Question: does this mean I should try various e strings (possibly with different tensions) AFTER I find some suitable ADG strings?
(I play chamber music in a local church, thus no need Solo-level projection. I think my instrument has neutral tone. Prefer warmer tone, but going to try both brighter/darker strings)
Don't have time/money to try all of them... any advice is welcome. Thank you :)
I'd start with cheaper synthetics and go from there. Opinions on strings are extremely controversial for several reasons:
If you are looking for a moderate string upgrade, you might try the Obligatos. A lot of people like them who upgrade to them from Dominants.Shar has a string chart of brightness, warmth, etc, but it’s a rough guide IMO.
Start with the E string. Then choose a set for the G/D/A. I wouldn't try mix-and-match on the G/D/A between different brands until you've exhausted other possibilities.
Similar opinion from my side. If you basically like your dominants, then try Kaplan golden spiral or even Eudoxa E, but if you want to go warmer then try a set of Obligato, give them some time to settle in (at first they can sound a little bit metallic when brand new) and then see if you want any different E. Kaplan spiral gold might be a good choice again, in my case Pirastro no. 1 worked best. (Mainly for whistling than for tone, I have to admit...)
There is a lot of personal experience with strings on multiple threads here. To experiment on your instrument, start cheap, then move up in price as needed. The three different gauges of the Goldbrokat E-string are about $2 each. We are seeing a lot of yes votes for the Warchal Amber E. Nylon core strings that are cheaper than Dominant, and in my opinion better, are Tonica, Corelli Crystal, D'Adario Pro-Arte. For steel strings D'Adario Helicore also makes an all-iron version called NS-Electric, I think they sacrificed some volume to get a more mellow sound. I wouldn't buy any synthetic string that costs more than real gut. One trick,short-cut, to find out if your instrument prefers low,med., or high-tension strings is to tune the medium string up or down a 1/2 step, one at a time, and as a set, and see how your instrument responds. jq
Thank you all for the reply.
I would also suggest first swapping the E string that you currently use, it can change your whole experience, plus experimenting with the E is way cheaper than trying whole sets. With Dominants I prefer the Pirastro Gold Wordentone E, or the Eudoxa aluminum wound E (for a darker combo in my instruments). Obligato Gold plated E is also good but sometimes whistles. Evah Pirazzi E (the silvery steel I guess) gave much more power than the rest. The PI platinum E is excellent but is more expensive than the others.
I'd experiment with E strings first, since it's way less of a hassle than trying full sets or GDAs together. Goldbrokat and Gold Label are popular E strings to go with Dominants. You might also try Pirastro Universal E.