Which Thomastik Dominant strings?
I'm ordering various brands to try them having so far only played the Cecilio strings that came with the violin. I see there are various types of TD's - D135SB, D129SAB etc. Do you regard one as "better" or do they just have different sound?
Chuck the Dominants and get Pirastro or Cantiga. Your ears will be happy. Even the Thomastik PI's are much better than Dominants.
It depends on how YOUR fiddle responds to the characteristics of each specific string. Many people used mixed sets, crossing not only "tension/thickness specifications (i.e. forte-mittle-weich, etc.) but even different brands from the same or different companies.
Dave, I would rather play Dominants than Cantiga.
I find the Dominant plain steel E pretty miserable; the aluminium-wound E on the other hand is sweet and responsive - if we use a longer, lighter bow stroke. Many folk want a more tense E, I suppose to equalize the bowing across the strings, or maybe to try and beat the wind instruments!
Scott, I get the feeling that you are quite new to violin based on your instrument choice and question about strings.
I dont know your Budget, but for beginners not on a budget Obligatos are a nice string, quite forgiving.
Dominants are great sounding strings. I would order the lower 3 separately and substitute in a different E string. The Pirastro Gold Label E with Dominant G, D(alum), A is very popular and sounds classically good.
Beginner here so dont consider my words too much. I tried the Dominant but didn't like it even after a few weeks (I got the set with Pirastro Gold E). My violin came with the regular Vision strings, so I switched back to that one. Then switched again to the Gold E as it sounded much better. Im using Vision GDA and Gold E. Curious how other Visions compare.
Propably not. Strings help, but in the end the violin will be way more important, even the bow unless the violin has structural problems with not enough or to much pressure needed.
If you are experimenting with strings, I'll give the nod to Warchal Amber E. It is superior to Dominant E and blends well with the rest of Dominants. Also, it is virtually whistle free, fyi.
The Amber E is really nice, and it really whistles less. I just put a full set of Olives on, whereas before I had an Amber E with Passione's, and now my E is whistling again. Although, in this case, I think it's worth it because the Olive gold E seems to match the tone of the Olive A better than the Amber E would. But with dominants, I would use a Jargar E or an Amber E.
I must warn you that opinions on strings are extremely controversial, as you may have already noticed from this discussion. This is because
Dominants are a lot like the Pro-Art's (guitar strings) of the violin world.
I forgot to put a disclaimer on my post that it is indeed dependent on personal taste :P I wish there's some sort of violin string trial.
John, I wonder if strings can handle being installed and removed many times. For example, the sharp turn where the string goes into the peg looks like it would weaken the material if it's bent and un-bent a few times.