Strings that sound like new Dominant stark strings ?
I have to say that i never understood the people who say that new Dominant strings sound too metallic.
That is the sound i love........
In particular, i'm talking about stark Dominants, with aluminum wound E.
And i'm starting to wonder if some string sets exist that can sound for a long time as the stark Dominants do when they are brand new.
I mean brilliant sound and dynamics. But i mean warm sound in the bottom too.
Thomastik Peter Infeld?
I have heard PI strings not in my violin, from very near, and i did not hear them to be particularly shining... (maybe they were old).
EP Green. EP Green Stark is finger suicide. I would only use Weich. For your purpose, since you are used to Dominant Stark, EP Medium is fine.
Thanks for comments, @Adalberto.
Well, I like Pirastro more than Thomastik, though the latter has a few lines I could use. Especially because they still make Oliv and Eudoxa at many gauges.
Yes, dominant medium (as tonica medium) offer not enough resistance when i want to do some highly dynamical things in the lower strings.... It's a matter of abitudes and preference, i presume.
Well, in fact I do like the sound of evah pirazzi on my violin but I don't like the short lifespan, the long brake-in period and the tone instabillity of them.
I can recommend the Vision Titanium Solo – at least for me, they had enough strength and brilliance for a while. I haven't used them for a while though. The E string is very powerful and ringing but becomes a bit squeaky after a while; I've paired it successfully with a Jargar Forte and Goldbrokat medium Es.
I particularly like the Thomastik Rondos, which you can purchase online from Connolly; otherwise they are only carried in violin shops. Think "PI for instruments that don't love tension".
My favorite composites are Warchal Timbre, but apart from them, Rondos are very good. Like well-educated Dominants. (I'd look for a different brand of E, however.)
I thank you all for your replies.
Marco, I too don't mind the initial brilliance of Dominants. It fades quickly of course but it would be nice to have a string to capture it. And I'm very irked by Pirastro's response to you - while cars and phones go obsolete, there is nothing wrong with giving tension options - that's more like every car company only selling giant pick up trucks and cancelling all their other lines.
I am glad to hear someone else likes EP Weich. Medium does not make that much sense to me or my violin-I can use them, but rather not. Sad that they may discontinue them, as they did with the Obligato Weich and other gauges for the other lines. I really like EP, but as a synthetic-not as a gut core string replacement.
Just to be clear, I don't have any evidence that EP gauges are to be discontinued - let's hope that, like Dominant, the strings are popular enough to warrant producing the three gauges. I'm just fearful considering that Pirastro has cancelled all their other synthetic gauges.
Titanium Solo would be one of the first options to try.
Thank, @John Kruer, for all your consideration, which i appreciate.
Are you unable to get to luthiers for the Rondo or Timbre sets? Or do you have a policy about that sort of thing?
@Stephen, both cases.
I'm not sure what you mean by the idea of "elite" strings, but you can buy TI and Rondo strings online here from Thomastik Infeld's new online shop. TI are only about 15 eur more than dominants.
I would also suggest trying TI. They’re a bit brighter than Dominants but quite rich. They’re not too expensive, either.
In feel, tension and sound, if you want something similar to Dominant stark, I think you might like the heavy-gauge version of the “original” Larsen strings. They seem more “full” and not as “focused” to me as the other Larsen strings.
I have the additional problem that, living in Italy, finding locally "not usual" violin strings is an impossible task.
I think Rondos and TIs are generally only available in person, not online.
Andrew, in my experience original Larsens die so fast that it's just not worth it. Had 3 sets of them, each time a different string snapped in a different spot.
@Aditya: i am a long time sort of "fanatic" with cleaning strings and washing hands (and drying them) before playing !! :)
Am I the only one that thinks you should just stick with Dominants, if you like them so much??
You’re not - I think that might be the best bet too. To me, Dominants seem to last longer than most other synthetics, too.
To mr Taylor and Mr Holland:
Years ago, but long after the printed SHAR catalog started regularly arriving in my mailbox, it started to include information on the strings used by SHAR employees on their own instruments. Almost all of them used mixed sets - virtually no two the same. Thomastik started a trend for using mixed sets when they issued their BLUE and RED string sets and originally offered both sets together for the price of one. I've been using mixed sets on ALL my instruments until quite recently, when I started using:
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