My 1895 German violin and I disagree on string tension- thoughts?
I’ll preface this by saying that I love my violin, but recently got into a bit of a difference in preference with it. I like medium tension Larsen’s and it seems to love stark Larsen Virtuosos. It is a huskier sounding instrument that sits perfectly in the second parts of orchestral and chamber works between the violists and firsts. I had them on in rehearsal of a scaled down Mahler 4 and Ruckert Lieder last Wednesday and it is really singing and ringing noticeably better.
As of now, I’m thinking just let it be happy and adjust. I do have to work harder on playing ppp which is not necessarily a bad thing. Getting ppp more with coloration and more deliberate bowing choices.
You might need a bit of an adjustment to the fiddle in general when you change string tensions. Bring it to your luthier.
Everything works together. So if you change strings, be prepared to change your rosin also. And your bridge, the location of your sound post, the material from which your tail piece is made, and ... well, while you're at it, just get a whole damned new violin. Then start over.
I don't understand the problem here.
Thanks for the input so far. Nothing on my side is more than kvetching about what I’m noticing. Curious as to the experiences of others. Mostly, I had expected the instrument to cringe with more tension, but it is doing the opposite. I love the pizz on it now, much more round, full, and ringy. +1 on the ppp sul tasto and with more bow speed. Just my fingers and bow that need some habit adjusting, but will take it to my trusted luthier after I get used to it. Sitting principal for this one, so not really trying to bury myself in the section.
I do miss being able to play several hours before I start feeling my left arm muscles start to fatigue. I can now play longer on viola and double bass before fatigue sets in than on violin! My second violin is still set up with medium Larsen Tziganes, so I still can practice longer on that. My old German violin still sounds much better with the stark tension - more than the normal new string zing.
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