So for about a year I've been using Thomastik Vision strings (experimenting around among Solo, Titanium and Titanium Orchestra varieties.) I like them very much, except I've found that they only last a few weeks before going pretty well kaput. I'd say on average I get three to four weeks of actually good sound out of a set before they start to go fuzzy and dead. (And I'm usually being pretty generous with my estimation of when I need to change my &^%$ strings already.) At around seventy dollars a set, this is becoming problematic.
Now, I've heard that gut-core strings last much, much longer than these newer synthetics. I heard someone once say they got a full year out of one set of Olivs. I guess I am just looking for more people's input and first-hand experiences, pro or con, on such assertions. Do gut strings really last that much longer? Is there a notable difference between, say, Oliv and Passione? Any sound/projection/playability downsides to gut strings that anyone has encountered?
Keep in mind that the "daily workout" I put a set of strings through is the typical conservatory-student workday of several hours of individual practice plus orchestra and chamber rehearsals, side gigs etc.
Any input is most welcome! Thanks!
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