Hello, I just wanted to start a debate regarding frequently changing strings, using less-expensive sets such as Tonicas v.s. Getting more expensive strings and not changing the strings as often, such as a set of Obligato.
I've noticed that everytime I put a new set of strings on my violin, except two sets, the violin sounded amazingly better.
I used to use Infeld Red as a mainstay, changing them every 5 months. It costed me $35 Cdn 2 years ago, now they cost me about $100 Cdn. I've decided to take the opportunity to try all Warchal sample sets.
I am debating if I should try Tonicas in between to see if they are enjoyable such that I will have a permanent less expensive strings. My colleague who plays in quartets told me he regularly uses Tonicas, but changes them every 3 or 4 months. The cost is about as equivalent to one set of Obligato. I know from experience, I love Obligato, but they last me for less than 2 months. They just went 'flat' after the 2 months.
I have a VERY low tolerance to 'bad' sound quality. The analogy I use is soda going flat. Strings get "flat" after a weeks or months.
So, do you have a standard set of strings that you change frequently, or do you always go from one high quality to another high quality string sets?
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