I have always used medium gage Thomastik Dominant violin strings. I have always been please with the rich mellow sound on all my instruments and they just feel so good under my fingers. They were the first strings I tried when my collage studio teacher suggested I upgrade my Chinese no name strings and I have stuck with them for decades since.
With all the strings on the market and all the technology available in strings of synthetic materials, I thought I should try something different. All my pals in orchestras love their Evah Pirazzi strings, so I shelled out the big bucks and bought a set.
My main instrument is a 1920s John Juzek (quality, but not master art). It was sounding sad because the strings where so old. I put on the new strings, and it became evident it was in need of a sound post adjustment as well.
I had been missing the joy I always got when playing this instrument with good strings. I was so excited when I picked up my violin from the shop with a brand new sound post. But I am still missing the feel and the sound. I even passed my fiddle around my community orchestra last night to get some more opinions, and my friends say the sound post and sound production is good.
Could it be that the Evahs are just too bright for my liking? Was it necessary for me to venture away from my Dominants to discover there is no place like home?
What is your favorite string and why?
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