G string recommendation?
I have a Gliga Gems 2 with pirastro tonica strings. The E, A and D strings all have very good sound. However the G string is very dull sounding.
Any string you would recommend to try? I was thinking of trying a dominant g sting...
I heard its fairly common to have a dull sounding g string / uneven strings on a violin, is this true?
It's a new violin (label reads 2018), will the sound even out with time/playing?
I generally find the Tonica G to be dull, too, across different violins. I’ve always felt it’s a bit too high in tension for the rest of the set.
Do you have the original bridge on it?
I recommend adjustments to your bridge and soundpost. Then just get any higher tension G.
A gut G string works well with synthetic D. Pirastro Gold Label G might be the least expensive version.
Thanks everyone for your input : )
I actually tried a Eudoxa G with my other Tonicas, and the response of the G was very noticeably slow compared to the Tonicas. I could imagine Gold Label blending better.
My favourite gut G is the Pirastro Chorda. Not too expensive - on-line in the UK it is about £18 (just under $23USD) from thestringzone.co.uk. There is a choice of silver-plated or plain copper winding, the plain copper being intended tone-wise more for authentic period performance.
For me even the Eudoxa G (rigid) is responsive. Sometimes using a brilliant E that is not heavy tension *can* help. I have not used Tonica in some decades, though, so cannot help with G+Tonicas.
It sounds like your son's violin is at fault and there is absolutely no string that can cure a poorly constructed violin.
Do you have a proper set-up? I'd try that first. Then I'd consider either the lighter or heavier-gauge Tonica G to see if that's any better.
I found few weeks ago that Tonica G is as high tension as Evah Pirazzi green G string, which is one of the highest tension synthetic in the market.
Why do not just give a try of an Evah Pirazzi green G (medium), which is more powerful, projecting, and brilliant than Tonica G. Does it sound what you are seeking for?
Why don't you go to your luthier and get suggestions. Unlike your luthier, we cannot hear your instrument with the current strings and setup. Any specific recommendations you get are simply educated guesses based on your description and the current string choices. Your luthier is in a much better position to diagnose why your G string sounds dull because s/he can hear and see the instrument. It might be setup, soundpost positioning or string. Good luck!
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