Gut strings and new rosin?
Hi everyone. I recently posted a thread searching for a new set of warm strings to help me with my headaches, but since then, I've got some new questions. For those who didn't read it, I've got a cheap violin (Yamaha V5) wich I will upgrade when my technique improves a bit (maybe in a year or so). It's currently strung with regular Dominants and a Wondertone solo E. So, please help me a bit with the following:
1. I'm considering the option of using Eudoxa strings with it as I want softer and sweeter sound. I asked my teacher today and he said that they would be great strings for my problem and that their sound is amazing. But he also told me that he probably wouldn't string a violin like mine with such a good set of strings. He let me decide and do what I want. So, what would you do in my situation?
2. My (also cheap) Pirastro Piranito rosin fell to the floor and broke in a thousand pieces. I need a new rosin (and I want it to be better). Which one should I get?
Thank you very much. I love this forum.
Dominants are already decent strings. If they need replacing, replace them.
I'd stick with your existing combo of strings. They're popular and economical and sound decent. (Lots of top soloists still string their violins with exactly that combo.)
Pirastro recommend their Eudoxa rosin, specially formulated for Eudoxa strings.
Thank you everyone.
You could always put on Pirastro Chorda (uncovered gut A and D) if you need a change owing to headaches. Relatively cheap. Soft sound. People may tell you that playing on gut strings is harder and not suitable for a beginner. Yes, the D is a bit harder to make sound. When I was a kid most of us were started on plain gut because it is all we could afford. In my mind it is not a big deal, for practicing at any rate, and is arguably an advantage. Though if teacher says different, I suppose that an end of the matter!
http://www.violinist.com/discussion/thread.cfm?page=1566 is the thread Lydia is referring to.
Eudoxas aren't that much more than Dominants now. They last at least as long as long as you don't live in a really dry climate (and don't humidify).
I think that the Eudoxas are a good idea. They are not significantly more expensive that Dominants and I find them more satisfactory in tone than Dominants.
You can choose any rosin you like :-)
Thank you very much for your explanation. I'll probably go later to the music shop, ask which rosins do they have and choose one among the darker/softer ones. Given the reasonable prices and the duration of rosins (if you don't let them fall to the floor), it's not something one needs to over-think about.
If you are able to go to a music shop maybe they have some strings for you to try the dark mellow ones you are looking for.
Well, then I guess I'll definitely wait to get a better violin to try Eudoxas, as the one I have is intended for beginners and has a finetuner on each string. The funny thing is that I don't use them anymore, except for the E and sometimes the A. I wanted to learn how to tune a "good" violin, and I mostly tune by using the pegs now.
For the record, I'm still using as violin rosin a cake of dark cello rosin that I bought in the 1990s. It's getting a bit thin now, so I look after it.
I went to the shop and asked for rosin. They had the same "Piranito" boxes I had, some other pirastro rosins (Schwartz, Obligato, Tonica and Oliv) and some Andrea cakes, which were more expensive. I finally purchased the Pirastro Obligato. I hope it's good. And I'm sure it will be better than what I previously had. Thanks for helping.