I'm new to the site, but not to the violin! I have 15 years of experience, though I have only experienced two string types, Dominants, and Helicores. This upcoming school year, I will be participating in my university's string ensemble, and I'm looking for a good replacement.
I have three violins, but the particular instrument I'd like to change has a very beautiful warm, viola-like G and D. The Dominants just aren't cutting it on that end of the spectrum. It also has a very loud, but (with the Dominants) lifeless E. In short, Dominants don't seem to provide a balanced sound, nor do they take full advantage of the beauty of this violin's range. As far as Helicores, they just seem a bit too harsh for my musical tastes. I really love the deepness of this instrument. In fact, none of my violins are overly bright.
I have been reading on this site and others, and I know that the two most common responses to this question are 1) every violin reacts differently, and 2) ask your luthier. Let it be known that in the area I live, the last reputable luthier passed away this past year. Needless to say, I no longer have access to his wealth of knowledge and skills.
So, I humbly come to you for your expert suggestions. I should also include that I live in the Deep South of the US. The climate is wild and the humidity is wilder. In addition to playing in the string ensemble, I also play several weddings a year. I would like strings that are versatile enough for each setting.
Tall order, I know, but thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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