Through years of trial-and-error I have found that medium Dominant strings give the best sound on my instrument. Yet, my Luthier recommends that I should not use the Dominant E-string. I've followed this recommendation but I'm wondering what is wrong with the Dominant E-string?
My guess is that there are others on this forum who use Dominant E-strings as part of the overall set and are satisfied.
I've never heard this kind of approach to Eudoxa or Pirastro strings - back in the day you bought and used the complete set and they were always well matached.
Your experience will be appreciated.
Dominant E's whistle quite a lot
My Gewa factory violin came supplied with basic Dominants - plain steel E. I've never had a whistle from it nor any other problem.
There’s nothing wrong with Dom E. They have many different version of E (gauge and material) that gives you plenty of selection and choices to best match your instrument. And they are highly setup dependent.
I'm sure some also feel that for the price of the Dom. E, it isn't a good value. There are "better" E strings on the market for the same price or less. But if you like it, who cares. Thomastik would change it if they really didn't sell as many. I personally think that they are a good E string but the Pirastro gold label is a little more responsive and practically the same price.
George. Same experience here although I tried two sets of Obligato strings and I especially loved the soft feel of them under my fingers and the deep sound. TheIr cost drove me to Dominants and I two was told to not use the Dominant E string. Vendors on Amazon even sell prepackaged sets that include alternate E strings.
Thomastik has struggled to make a good E string for decades. The Dominant E is fairly dull. As a response to the negative opinion of their E strings, Thomastik came out with a new E, but that was not a success. The reason their E strings still sell is that the boxed set with the aluminum D and their original E is cheaper than other sets. Many people buying strings online are unaware of the silver D and the options to get a good E and get sucked in by sales on the boxed sets.
The only Dominant E I have ever tried is the aluminium-wound version.
For decades, people have been replacing the dull Dominant wound E string with the Pirastro Gold Label E string, which is an inexpensive string that pairs well with Dominants and sounds nice on most violins.
A vendor, who I will not name, about a decade ago accidentally ordered a gross gross of Dominant would E strings instead of a gross. The sold them off, as a wholesale distributor,bulk in tubes, for a couple of bucks a piece.
they sound a bit harsh and tinny on mine, my teacher had me swap it out for gold e after a month of me complaining about the change of characteristic whenever i transition to e string.
The plain steel E just doesn’t sound good on some violins. If it works on yours then there’s no problem. I didn’t like the plain steel e with my dominants. I also tried the tin e and while it was better tonally it whistled on my violin. Eventually I just started using the goldbrokat medium e with the dominants until I tried the amber e string and never looked back unless I wanted to buy the goldbrokats in bulk since they’re dirt cheap.
Gold label E exists. Better sound, lasts long, cheaper.
Rondos are good, but I don’t like their E very much. [Not that it matters, but I have also moved to Warchal Timbres for synthetics right now.]
Yeah the E string is alright, nothing special. I’ll probably swap it out for an amber e once soon.