I’ve been planning to purchase new set of strings lately. I have a very cheap beginner’s violin. Costed me around $100.
Been playing since 1.6 years and I’ve realised that it doesn’t sound well, especially the D string when played beyond 4th position. Regardless of how hard I press, the D string doesn’t ‘ring’ and produces a sound that can be compared to the one when strings are not being pressed hard enough. Also, right before the first A on the D string, the outer-most steel layer came off. Which makes it difficult for me to shift positions on D string. [photogroph attached]
The violin too doesn’t sound all the ‘warm’. And sounds very sharp. I prefer a warm sound.
Strings aren’t available where I live, so I asked my cousin, who’s in U.S, to purchase for me a set of Piastro Obliagto from Amazon. I learnt tha Obligato produce a nice ‘warm’ sound.
Will it make my cheap violin sound marginally better? Consider the fact that I can’t afford to purchase a better instrument anytime soon. (Atleast for the next 2 years)
I would try John Pearse Artiste on that. A set costs about $20.
Tonicas might also be a good choice and cost around $30. They should improve the sound a bit. Considering that your strings are in awful shape, it's worth a try.
@Lydia @Ella Yu, Might I know the reasons behind the recommendations? I like the warmth of obligato. They are expensive though.
Artistes are warm, decent-quality synthetics for a very low price, and they can tame harsh super-cheap violins like yours.
I recommended Tonicas because they're cheap for good synthetics and they should warm up your violin a fair bit. How about Pro Arte, Alphayue and Spirit? I think they should all improve your violin somewhat.
Beginner's violins start showing limitations when going high in the fingerboard.
I agree with Lydia on Violino over Oblagato for warmth. Violino should be less expensive than Obligato, but more expensive than others she suggested.
Violino used to be less expensive than Obligato. Checking prices today, this seems not to be the case.
"Beginner's violins start showing limitations when going high in the fingerboard."
You can't take it for granted that Obligatos will make your violin sound warm. It depends on the instrument. On my violin I tried Obligatos and it just made it sound a bit dull. It's instrument dependent - the strings that sound best for my instrument are Thomastic PI (Peter Infeld) - but they are expensive, and probably wouldn't work on your violin.
I see Quinn sells Violinos for about 50/set versus about 90/set for Obligatos. That’s a big difference!