I have recently invested in total of $1600 into a new violin, a new bow and other accessories (one at a time) and I am noticing a GREAT difference from changing the violin and the bow and etc. [Violin was the greatest change, and the bow was another great change]
Now, since I begun playing the violin, I skipped Dominant, and went straight to Thomastik Infeld Red because I liked the warm sound of it and I didn't like the feeling of Dominant[The metallic rough feeling, I find infeld red "smooth" and dominant "rough" on my fingers].
Later I tried the Dominant's "A" string, and I learned what most people meant by "breaking the string in", since Infeld Reds took no time to "break in". I decided to steer clear of Dominant because the string took me one week to break in and another week until it broke while mounted, sitting inside the case.
I am now back to Infeld Red.
I actually picked up a new bow earlier today and I've been greatly seduced by the sound that the violin makes, except I'm finding that the tone has gotten "brighter" when I swapped the bow. I have no complaint, I'm almost scared by how much control I have over the sound and how clean the sound is.
I have been doing a little bit of surfing online trying to decide which set of strings to experiment with next. I decided to experiment with Obligato. It currently sits in the case, but I won't be swapping the string until next year(I decided to buy it now because I find that the string price in Canada has doubled in 3 years).
Now, one thing that I am very curious about and yet to find out is what people mean by that a string is "Rich" or "complex". I found this chart: http://www.violinstringreview.com/quick-reference.html
I have spoken to a local cellist and two luthiers about what "richness" or "complexity" means, They've been telling me generally the string companies call them rich and complex but, it usually means the string is louder and darker.
I wanted to know what it means when a violin string is "complex" or "rich".
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