Can someone(s) compare the sound characteristics of the Tonica and Dominant I am aware that the violin is critical. My violin sounds a bit unclear, subdued for lack of other words. I have used Dominants and Tonicas. The former sounds more clear to me?? Any suggestions?
I have a machine made Strad copy worth $2000 and what seems to be an Amati copy made between 1830 and 1850. The only marking inside is “H.M.Cusack violin maker and repairer”. Toronto. No date.3 Luthiers said the same thing independently and $5000 value. Given to me. It was his father’s asinine didn’t know when or where he got it. I am certainly NOT selling it?
Terry, before you spend a lot of money on string safari, go to a good luthier for setup review. "Unclear, subdued" may not be solved by proper choice of strings.
Hi Terry. You probably can't go wrong with either set of strings. I used Dominants for over 30 years and was satisfied with them until I tried Warchal Amber strings. I won't be going back to Dominants. I'm very happy with my Warchal Amber strings. You ought to have your violin checked out by a good luthier to make sure everything (including the bridge and sound post) is in order. It may also help to refer to the Shar string comparison chart (see link below). Both the Dominants and Tonicas appear to be similar in characteristics. Trial and error is really the only way you will find out which string set is best for your instrument and best for you. Good luck! https://www.sharmusic.com/Pages/How-To/Strings/Strings-Chart/Violin-String-Chart/
For more clarity (in order of increasing pain-in-the-bottom-ness) you can increase the afterlength, move the soundpost closer to the bridge, or make the bridge thinner.
Thanks for all of your suggestions. I had forgotten to mention that I had my violin assessed in November/116 by very good lutier in London Ontario Canada. It was in good condition. The bridge feet were sanded, fingerboard levelled. I also bought an Eastman fibre bow which I like very much. I got some good info from Sharma.
700 hours on your strings? No wonder they're "unclear" or "subdued"! I've let strings go as long as 200 hours when I get too busy to remember to change them, and they sound very dull by that time regardless of brand. Most recommendations I've seen for string replacement are in the 100-120 hour range.
Forgot to mention that I took it to a very good lutier in London Ontario Canada. Was in good condition. Only had to readjust the bridge and smooth the fingerboard. While there I bought a set of Tonicas which he recommended. I have 700 hours on them. Guess it’s no
Change your strings every 100 hours or so of playing -- and certainly at least once a year.
For clarity go for Vision Titanium Solo... They have power and focus and they last longer than Evahs.
I had an Evah A that only lasted about 60 hours