I'm relatively new to the violin, and I've never had to replace worn-out strings before. I put Dominants on my violin when I first bought it (February, 2010). In December of 2010 I swapped out the Dominant E for a Pirastro Gold Label E.
My violin always sounded a bit rough or "edgy", even with the Dominants. After I put on the Pirastro E, I noticed an immediate change in the tone -- much smoother and sweeter. But for the past month or two, it seems to be heading back toward sounding more harsh. Is it likely that I need to replace the strings? The Dominants have been on for 16 months. I've practiced nearly every day (probably only missed a half-dozen days in that 16 months), for an average of one-and-a-half to two hours a day. Is it likely that the tone change is due to worn-out strings? If I change them soon, would it be a good idea to change all 4, or just the Dominants (since the Pirastro is only about 4 months old)?
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