I'm trying out a supposed 'Leon Mougenot Gauche' violin an acquaintance is considering selling, and I love the projection and volume it has, it's masterfully set up, but the tone is quite dark, and I'm having trouble matching strings to it. It had Super Sensitive steel G, D, A, and an Oliv E gold string, which is an odd combination to me, and the sound was what I would describe as tremendously loud unpleasantness! I tried putting Zyex G, D, A and that tamed it quite a lot, but something didn't sound right, like the high end and the low end were mutually fighting eachother. I tried some Tonicas and that made it muddy and lifeless. Put Dominants on it and it got even more lifeless but less muddy (though those Dominants were old and probably not at their prime). And I don't quite like that Oliv E, it's too shrill, and either I'm getting sloppy or it likes to whistle a lot!
I like the dark tone, it's unusual, and I love the volume and projection, and the strings action and the bridge are to me perfect, but something doesn't sound right, almost like a viola trying to be a violin... or a violin trying to be a viola. Like I said above, the highs and the lows seem to be always fighting one another. It's at same time dark and bright. Darght? ;)
Anybody ever had something like this, that was fixed with the right strings? What would you suggest?
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