Dominant strings cost twice what they did 10 years ago. Why? Has the popularity of the string has created a demand to justify this increase, or is this price gouging?
Tonicas, the closest competitor to Dominants, have historically, been the same price or more expensive than Dominants. But now, a set a Tonicas (new formula) sell for about $25 or half of what a set of Dominants cost.
So, is Pirastro underselling their Tonicas strings to gain a market against Dominants? Or is Pirastro selling Tonicas at a fair price while Dominants are being sold at an inflated price to take advantage of demand?
The strings are essentially the same material and construction. I would not think the manufacturing costs between the two would be more than 30% different, and would certainly not be enough to explain the current difference in costs.
Does anyone else think these price changes suspicious?
You can look at historic string prices here:
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