Strings to "Pimp Out" a Cheap Violin
Hi. I am using a student violin, that I bought before upgrading to my new violin, in school basically 3 days a week. I am currently using a Dominant G, D, A and a Pirastro E. I was wondering if there are better strings for this instrument that can make it sound half decent. As I said, I use it quite frequently and I wanted to upgrade it a little. The brand is Giuseppe Meucci.
That string setup is fine - I know a number of experienced violinists, including pros, who use that combination (the E may vary according to taste) - but it is important for the best results to have the violin checked out by a luthier, the bridge and sound post being the most important items that may need attention.
I agree with Trevor, although if money is no object, you could put Evah Pirazzis on it. But for the cost of a year's worth of EPs, you could also buy a better violin.
I wonder how much better would sound a cheap violin with Evahs, if the difference would be noticeable enough.
Demian, it depends on who is playing that student violin fitted with EP's. A pro will be able to get the best sound out of a student violin that the instrument is capable of with almost any combination of strings, and that sound, in both quality and volume, will vastly exceed what the student can produce - as most students will have experienced when their teacher picks up their violin to demonstrate something. I've been on that particular receiving end myself some time or other during lessons!
This is in concord with myths propagated by the string manufacturers how a certain brand can "make your violin sound like....
There are two myths: 1. String choice does not matter, 2: Good string choice can turn your VSO (Violin Shaped Object) into a Strad. Both are nonsenses of course.
Now that's an interesting experiment. I had been under the impression that a decent, neutral synthetic string (e.g. Dominant or Tonica) would at least improve any cheap violin. My first thought is surprise that this is not the case... but my second thought is that, given the heavy, clunky construction of many of these cheap Chinese instruments, maybe it's not that much of a surprise.
"neutral synthetic string (e.g. Dominant or Tonica) would at least improve any cheap violin."
Like Trevor says.
Dominant is not dull or too warm. It's relatively bright and lively. Good synthetic, and a better value than Pi's in my view (though some believe Pi last longer.)
Back in the days when Dominants were introduced they did not work as well as the Eudoxas I had been using on the one violin I owned then so I put the Eudoxas back on.
I'm not sure what you mean by 'student' violin, since it could be anything from ebay VSO to a rather nice gliga or more.
"I'm not sure what you mean by 'student' violin".
@Andrew: Yes, anything less than $5,000 is generally a student violin.
Not "anything!" Some violins are not fit for students at all. Even a "student" violin has to be good enough to learn on.