Brighten/open the instrument
I had a great opportunity to try different instruments and bows next lesson. It starts me to think more deeply about my sound. I was thinking a little bit about it before.
I think that the sound of my violin is something I can call closed a little bit. Especially in deeper tones (G, D) strings. I had a tendency to use warmer strings. Now I have Warchal Amethyst with Goldbrokat (mid) E.
My A string was broken so I changed it for what I had during the weekend, the Corelli Crystal A. It sounds amazing, looking forward to trying the whole set.
My violin is 1800$ instrument made in 1915 in my country (now Czech Republic). Sound is pretty decent for that price. I am focusing more on dynamics now and I am looking for more projection, mid-powered sound and little bit more reaction to dynamics.
Do you have any tips for other strings to try?
Do you think that it can be possible to tweak by a luthier? I am going to visit him next month for periodic instrument check/cleaning. So I can debate about it.
Find the best luthier you can afford and get them to adjust the tone. An excellent luthier will most likely know better then most people on the site excluding luthiers. If you haven’t had good tone adjustments done than having them done will certainly improve the sound of your instrument. A small trick that may work for your violin ( it works on the ones I use it on) is playing false harmonics in the first position. For example the e,d,c# on a string and this has a tendency to open the sound up.
Can easily achieve a more open sound by moving the soundpost closer to the bridge. If that doesn't do it for you, you can shave some material off the face of the bridge or shorten your tailgut.
In my experience with many violins new and old, I think that a violin sounds like it sounds. If you want something different, you have to get something else.
In my opinion, "brighter" sound may stand for a more "focused" sound, more present, more harmonics.
Thanks to all, you are right everyone :)
Regarding the isolated argument of "dynamic space", as you put it:
Vision Titanium Solo will surely brighten up your instrument. They will also sound louder, however...
And after these amateur idiots have really ruined something, they bring it to us luthiers and beg us to fix it.
Considering someone as an idiot automatically says something for me, regarding your way of thinking.
If you think you can teach yourself to be a luthier in less than a year, or several years, you are an idiot.
Having served an 8 year apprenticeship in luthiery I remember full well how many years it took me to be able to confidently and professionally fit soundposts and Bridges, fitting soundposts is actually one of the more difficult things about violin repair, repairing cracks is in many ways easier.
Don't worry, Tobias. I believe i know the difference between a safe tweak or a non safe one.
Anglosaxons say "each one his own"...... :)
Mixing string brands helps on some instruments.
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