I have a Mathais Dietrich German violin of 2007. Here's my review of strings so far. It's a very deep, rich, warm instrument, somewhat bright, and moderate in projection. Any suggestions? I want something a little dark, loud, focused, a little edgy, colorful, "ringy," and long-lasting (in my dreams...).
Dominants with "some horrible black/white spiral threaded at the tailpiece E": I liked the overall sound, but wanted more color and depth. The projection was pretty good, but the lower end was muddy. I HATED the E string. It whistled a lot, was way too piercing and whiny sounding.
Wondertone Solo with Hill E: too rounded a sound (not enough edge), not enough projection, too dry a sound.
Evah Pirazzi: Overall good sound, although colorless. Plenty loud enough, but too tense for the amount of playing I do. They hurt my left hand and right elbow.
Vision Titanium Orchestral: Everything I wanted when I first got them, but then as they broke in, the projection faded quickly and the sound became colorless and dry.
Passione: excellent string, but perhaps too much of a good thing? At first, I was in heaven. Everything I wanted and more. Not very pitch stable, but manageable now. As they've worn in, the G & D have become a bit too warm, the projection has diminshed some, and the ringiness has all but disappeared. I put on a Dominant A, and this helped tremendously for projection. I like the A much better (for clarity and color) than I expected and it makes the Passione G&D pale by comparison now! However, I LOVE the silvery-steel E!
Viennese Melange: G (Infeld Red) hated because it was too warm, muddy, and shallow sounding. D (Infeld Blue) had a pretty decent sound on this violin, but a bit tight and not very colorful. A (dominant) is on my violin right now and I love it with the Passiones, but wasn't wild about it with this set. E (Vision Stark) was a disaster --
everything one wouldn't like about a string = this string.
I'm a college senior and I play about 4 hours a day between rehearsals, teaching, and independent practice. I'm very confused by how good the Dominant A sounds (that last set is still on) because it wasn't like that when I first bought the violin with a set of dominants and that weird E (which I hated). Did my new violin go through a phase and should I try Dominants again, now? What's everyone's current favorite E for that set?
BTW, each of these sets was only on for about 2 weeks (but that's about 55 hours of playing).
Thanks in advance for any thoughts you all may have. I have referred to previous string posts quite thoroughly, but maybe this review can help point me in the right direction more quickly/accurately.
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