Upgrading from $4 strings. What should I expect?
Violin-dedicated stores are almost non-existent in the country I live in. This means anything violin related— like strings and rosin from brands like Pirastro, Thomastik, Bernardel, etc.— are not available for the regular civilian. Though, we have this local brand called Bachendorff that sells rosin for like $1-3 and cheap metal strings for $4 a set, and I’ve used this all my life (terrible, i know)
However, I have found a trusted reseller of international branded violin accessories in the country’s capital and ordered Pirastro Tonica and Gustave Bernardel. The seller said his stocks would arrive by early November and he’ll ship me my order when he gets his hands on it.
Basically, I just wanted to ask how much of a difference in sound quality and how the strings feel under the fingers will I get, specifically? Also, how much of a difference will the Gustave Bernardel make?
Probably a lot of difference but it depends on your violin.
Better strings will make a huge difference. Better rosin might or might not make much of a difference; it's an inexpensive product in general (with the exception of a very few brands, which might or might not be marginally better than the rest).
Thanks for the responses
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