My daugher has had her current violin about 18 months and we find that I have to change the Dominant strings frequently and probably sooner than when we first purchased it. She uses a medium Dominant G, heavy Dominant D silver, medium Dominant A, and a Eudoxa E string. During the first 9 months or so, we changed the strings every 3 months or so to maintain the sound quality. During the last 6 months it seems the strings only last 8-10 weeks before we notice deterioration in the sound. When new strings are put on, they stretch for 1-3 days and sound a little metallic/bright for the first 4-5 days but settle in real nice. The decline is slow after the first month. Recently, I had to replace a frayed A string after 6 weeks and suddenly the D string seem to sound dull and like a wolf note). We replaced the D string--and lo and behold the violin sounded alot better!
I do think we are beginning to "listen" to the violin better than before which may explain the increase string-changing frequency.
I have read on the discussion posts that Dominants can lose their sound fairly quickly, but is 6-12 weeks the exception or the norm? Are there alternative strings to consider that last longer with the same sound characteristics? I'm also concerned about the overall costs over time so that a string that lasts twice as long but costs twice as much isn't a big advantage.
Changing strings(my job) is a little stressful. (I'm not a musician, checking the bridge, waiting for the strings to stretch, winding the string on the peg properly, etc.)
Opinions or advice?
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