What strings should I upgrade to?
My violin is a really cheap starter violin probably made in China for all I know, and I've been debating over upgrading the strings for ages. Seeing as my E string broke recently I thought it would be a good chance to just upgrade them all.
I'm not made of money but I don't know what brand of strings are good or just as bad as my current ones which appear to have lost all vibrancy to them. No matter what I do she just sounds sick.
Also, should I just simple upgrade the whole violin (poor Sophia) or try renting one to see if it makes any difference to sound quality. I'm also to blame due to my bad playing haha!
Every major string brand is making good strings these days.
Thank you =) I'll pick some up next time I get paid! They appear to have some good reviews with them :)
In the price range I guess you are in renting is a good solution. If you can / want to spend $1500 or more you can look for a violin and bow to buy.
I'm amazed at the low [price Tonica strings are selling for these days. When they were first sold they were the only synthetic-core string in competition with Dominants. I used them on my main violin for quite a few years when I switched from gut-core and Dominants just were not right for it.
Indeed the Goldbrokat E is really cheap and many people say it's a good string. I have one but I've never put it on. Shar has some sets that come with a different E (such as Goldbrokat) but they only do this with the more expensive sets, not with Tonicas.
The full set of Tonica should do the trick. I personally love Tonicas, but that's just me.
When I got my violin, I didn't pay much attention to strings. I did know that prelude were a decent beginner string. Now that I actually got around to starting to play my violin, I really cannot stand the string. I think a set of Tonica/Dominant strings will be purchased VERY soon. Along with a new, better bow.
Warchal has some affordable strings, great for those on a budget because of their durability
I've never taken it to a Luther, I'm kind of embarrassed to and I'm certain they're costly to go and see? Mine isn't even true wood, it's the plastic-esque kind. My violin is in a pretty shabby state ._.
I second keeping extra E strings on hand.
You might want to find a new violin that's easy to use, sounds okay and properly made. Then, you might want to invest in some cheap synthetics+steel E strings.
I found Zyex strings to be pretty easy to play and always stay in tune and pretty affordable.
D'Addario Pro-Artes get a bad rap as cheap dominants, but I like them quite a bit. They're fairly cheap, don't take long to break in, and adjust to different temp and humidity ranges. Takes a day of minimum wage work to pay for a 4/4 set.
Opinions on strings are very controversial because every violin is different, and different players choose to optimize violins in different ways. In addition, differences in bowing styles and hand chemistry can also influence string choice.