G string for dominant set
hello gents. i got a set of dominant on my main, the G string is getting a little coloring, maybe its dirt or something, so i'm thinking of swapping, i always use a full set of either dominant or pirastro and never mix and match, so i want to take this opportunity and try it out. what is the best compliment G string for dominant,
i also have pirastro gold e i'm thinking of throwing it on there when my dominant e gets more worn out. good idea?
thats just silver tarnish, it has no effect on tone whatsoever, you can run a little extra fine steel wool over it and it will disappear
If your strings tarnish it is a sign that you practice too little. Play some more, and it will rub off on your fingertips.
On a different forum there's an assertion by a luthier of silver-wound strings (Pirastro Violinos) requiring dark rosin, making me suppose silver might be slipperier than aluminium. Anyway, I checked my Dominants, and it seems they are aluminium-wound, except for the G string, which is silver. Which raises the question, which rosin (lol)?
The Dominant E is notoriously bad - if you have a Gold E put it on immediately, you will not regret it (its an excellent string)! Else, what are the characteristics of your violin? Is it bright, subdued, dark etc. Usually we get strings that compliment the fiddle - that is tone down brightness etc. However, if that is a part of your music you can also get them to accentuate.
There's also Warchal Amber. I don't know how mine compares with the other strings tonewise (Steel to non-steel matches can never be absolutely perfect, anyway), but the virtual avoidance of whistling is a massive boon.
hi @elise, its has a rich, yet responsive tone. Not muddy or muffled. It projects well, has boxwood tailpiece and pegs, its recently professionally setup by a local luthier while he serviced my violin's boo boo( a dent on the top i had for awhile)
Ignore the silver sulfide corrosion layer. Silver more slippery than aluminum or straight chrome steel"? - I doubt that. Ideally, the 4 different strings would prefer slightly different rosins, which is impossible.
so if i get the silver G, i have to swap to a different rosin? right now i'm using pirastro gold.
You already have a silver G, all Dominant Gs are silver, silver D is an option though
thanks lyndon! you just saved me 21 bucks :D
yes or gold brokat e
If you were happy with your Dominant G, I'd expect that a Dominant G would be a superb replacement. :-)
haha david, yes don't fix it if it ain't broken, i'm actually happy with the dominants, just the E is a lil weak, my pirastro on the other violin has more ring, so i'll swap it for gold e when the dominant e gets more worn out.
Just an FYI that Fiddlerman strings are supposed to sound like Dominants but at a little over half the price, and without needing to replace the E. Violin String Reviews was surprised how much they sounded like Dominants.
Violin String reviews funded by Fiddlerman, scrap Fiddlercrap, buy Pirastro Tonica, half the price of Dominant and many people think slightly better, but very similar.
lyndon i'm so glad to hear you think that bc i actually very much like the tonica, except what i like often get shot down by my tutor and luthier and other violin shop owners lol, everyone keeps telling me how much better dominant is better than tonica.
I've got Tonicas on one violin and Dominants on the other. My teacher feels that the Dominant G string is weaker than the other three, but I hadn't noticed - I like driving it hard. Dominants are lower tension than Tonicas, I gather. I feel that I can get richer tone from the Dominants , but they are also on a better violin, so I don't know. Probably I am happier with the Tonica E string than with the Dominant one.
You can't really compare strings on different violins. Dominants tend to have a more complex tone than Tonica, though it's not too much of a difference.
I read somewhere that Perlman uses Dominants, so my strings are the least of my problems!
If you haven't tried them, go for the Alphayues! I put them on one of my kiddos' violin and they're worlds better than Dominants, at half the price! (P.s. how does one pronounce Alphayue? Alpha-you-ee? Alpha-you-ae?)
thanks kristen, is this just for the G string or are you recommending the entire set.
Gordon, funny that you mention preferring the Tonica E... on Monday night, I noticed at an orchestra rehearsal that my stand partner for the upcoming concert (who is new to the orchestra) plays a viola strung with Dominants except for a Tonica A.
I recently switched from Dominants plus Pirastro Gold E to the Fiddlerman set. So far I have been very pleased. I always had a problem with the Dominant G myself, and the Fiddlerman G seems to work better for me. That said, the choice of strings is a such a personal one, like beer or wine tasting, it may take some experimenting to find the best string and rosin combo that work for you. Fiddle on!
Kirsten, how about "alpha-you-know-what"?
Oh, I was referring to the whole set! They're fantastic! Lol Bart I usually say "alphawhosits!"
ok i'm curious how the hell is this Alphayues so cheap, its literally bargain bin price compare to dominant. is there a catch? are they made in china?
the catch is they're not very good, not as good as dominant or tonica
ha lyndon, i always enjoy your response.
I found that the Alphayues lack a lot of depth and warmth compared to Dominants. They don't handle bow weight as well, preferring speed.
I dunno, I liked them. I use Warchals, but they work really well for my students. I thought they were nice and warm/responsive. My kids aren't bad, either! They use pretty good technique for their age. They're so cheap that they're worth a try, right? I'd take them over Dominants any day of the week.
Tonicas are the same price
ok so my g string start turning black behind the bridge now, is this a indication that maybe i should change them?
no, it's just silver tarnish,
The strings may or may not be ready to replace depending on how long they've been on your violin, and how much you play, but not because of silver tarnish.
With Dominant set, you can always try combining it with infield red and blue if you find any particular string lacking or unbalanced.
lyndon, they been on the violin for a year now, but majority of that time it was sitting in the shop. so i guess the question should be, should one change strings on a violin they just got from the shop?
should be ok