I'm also interested in what made you start doing it. For me, two factors came into play: 1) chin rest type; 2) string type.
In 2005, I switched to center-mounted chin rests and noticed right away more volume and resonance. While two fiddles do very well with wound-gut A-D-G, the third one comes to life with composite-core A-D-G -- notably Tomastik Dominant, Infeld, and Vision -- in a way that it didn't with wound gut. I use steel E's on all three fiddles.
The tonal result with this third instrument, I found very pleasing. It now had what I would describe as a bigger, more warm-bright sound than before; but the increased volume and tonal ring were a bit of a jolt, so I decided to put in earplugs. I don't push them in too far -- just enough to cut the decibel level to something manageable and still get a good idea of overall sound quality.
What are your experiences?
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