What are some (preferably less expensive) violin string options for an intermediate-advanced violin student? My first teacher had my violin always strung with Dominants, of which I've read as a good middle-of-the-road. I've had a bit of a "quantum leap" in terms of sensitivity to technique/etc after I've changed teachers for the past year and a few months ago I've realized how the Dom. E is pretty horrendous. Since then, I've gone with the (standard?) Dominant-lower-three and Goldbrokat E combo.
And, while risking the post running too long, I was more specifically wondering if there were strings that would help with the tone quality when the violin is played softer? My instrument's forte is, well, playing forte (excuse the pun). It's got a fairly bright sound. Unfortunately, softer playing makes it sound thin, to put it flatly. I've tried a lot to fix it, in terms of my own technique, but again, I might be missing something. Oops.
I know opinions vary widely on this kind of thing, but listening to opinions is always beneficial before making a decision. c: Suggestions?
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