I am now basically an advanced beginner, and have started trying out top-end strings. Each time I ask a salesperson, they say "just buy the mediums." great, that tells me nothing.
I know that heavy gauge strings last longer, and have more harmonics. I am most interested in the latter, as that equates to a more responsive instrument.
I also know that the nut, bridge, etc all have to be cut specifically for the gauge you use.
OK, fine, no problem there. What I want to know are the possible downsides to using heavy strings.
I image they might be dangerous on a very light or veryold instrument, but that does not apply to me.
are they garder to play? I have VERY stron hands, so that probably shouldn't worry me, but I still want to know.
Can / should they sit lower to the fingerboard? That would affect intonation and bridge placement. I would love to find a total combination that allowed me to move my bridge a hair towards the tailpiece (big hands)
Can they actually be overbearing on some violins? In other words, has anyone ever chosen not to use them because medums acually sounded better?
What else? I don't even know the questions to ask. Please just let me kave your random thoughts on what tension you use and why.
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