After pirastro tonica
Hi everybody. I've been using pirastro tonica all this years and I really like then but I think I should upgrade to the next level. Which strings are the best? Pirastro gold, evah pirazzi, dominant, obligato... If you have any suggestion, pls tell me!
I wouldn’t say they’re the best (for your violin), but a good one to start with would be dominants. They’re a neutral string that works really well with most violins. They help you hear whether your violin is warm or bright sounding. That way you can change your strings based on the sound you want whether that’s warmer or brighter.
Tonica is a fairly neutral string as well, only a little bit brighter than Dominant. There's no need to switch if Tonicas sound good on your violin. Are you looking for a different sound? Brighter? Darker?
If you are happy with the sound and response of Tonicas on your violin you will probably save lots of money and frustration if you keep using them. Once you get into searching for "better" strings it is like searching for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.*
Tonicas are hard to beat, especially at their price point. If you're just looking for adventure, the next logical (and much more expensive) step would be Evah Pirazzis - the normal green ones. They're, maybe, the second most-commonly used string by professional players (the first being Dominants).
Tonicas sound better on my instrument than Dominants.
Try plain gut. You will love it.