Dominant Pro Opinions
So, has anyone forked over the $90 to buy a set of these to try?
I installed the G, D, and A today (sticking with Jargar Superior E) and my opinions are kind of mixed.
They are kind of similar to Dominants in terms of feel and color, with a slightly better tonal ceiling. They are kind of marketed as "better dominants that last a long time", and I guess that's pretty accurate, except for the longevity thing, because I've had them for about 12 hours at this point.
I had very good luck sticking with Rondos in the past, and I don't think I will be making the switch to Dominant Pros.
Eudoxa are better than Dominant to me. Dominant however are relatively easy to play/less "tight" vs most synthetics that are not nylon cores. The price hike of Pro vs regular is a bit outrageous, IMHO. Thus I would recommend to stick to Dominant for their unique tone and benefits, than paying 30%+ more for the box and new tech of the D-Pro, whatever that may be. Some people already love them, and that is fine. Eudoxa (and a few other gut strings) are cheaper than D-Pro, so I miss the latter's point-at least one can pay $50.00 for regular Dominant if you know where to look.
David - all threads are archived after 30 days, at least that's my understanding.
I've just tried them earlier this week. So far I like them on this violin. I'm using the stock E string and it sounds fine. The A string is about the best synthetic I've ever used. On this violin I usually steel A's but the Dom Pro works nicely and sounds and responds well. I like the G and D for the tension they have. This violin needs more than the regular Dom have but less than the Rondo and Piastros that I've used.
My theory: Dominant Pro was an excuse to change those goofy pastel-coloured windings into a more "21st century" psychosis black.
When they first came out, we got a dozen sets at the shop to try. My impressions from putting them on a couple violins was that they did have a bit different feel and response from “regular” Dominants, but that didn’t mean they were an improvement or replacement. They just seemed to occupy a new spot in the tonal spectrum that might appeal to players who wanted a bit more brightness and focus without going to the level of PI or Rondo.
I've had a set of Dominant Pros on my violin for a little over a week. I had been using Vision Solos with Goldbrokat thick E. I really like the Dominant Pros, particularly the sound in the upper register of the G string. I think there is a bit less tension and it is creating a warmer and less 'barky' sound on my violin. Not a fan of the E string and will probably return to the Goldbrokat thick E for price and sound.
I quite like the Dominant Pro strings. Perhaps a better name would be "Dominant+" as they are similar to Dominants, but everything is just increased a bit. They have a bit more focus and a more solid tonal fundament while still having brilliance and shimmer. I also find they have a bit more modern of a response profile and accept more pressure when needed.
I didn’t put the E on when I tried the set because I just knew it wasn’t going to be worth it. I said as much in the previous thread, and a lot of noses got out of joint over it. We eventually tried the E and confirmed that it wasn’t good enough. I’m glad to hear others had the same conclusion. You just can’t beat the Goldbrokat and Gold Label E strings.
I like the Gold Label E in principle, but I find that it whistles more than average (especially the medium). The thicker gauge helps for some reason.
I have a set to install in a couple of days.
I use Evah Golds on another violin I have and I don't see the similarity between the two brands. The Evah Golds don't work well with the violin I have the Dom Pros on - very different in terms of tension balance.
I can see some basic similarities in the level of warmth and focus. But in the end, the Dominant Pro sound distinctly "Thomastic" and the Evah Gold sound distinctly "Pirastro". I have no problem with the latter except for a short lifespan.
I haven't played on Dominant strings in well over twenty years but the very metallic tone of these brought back memories of college when I first put them on. After playing them in a bit (same day) I loved the warmth and feel of the G string but thought that the D and A were perhaps a bit too similar in timbre. After a week I'm really loving the warm silvery vibrant and responsive sound of these strings on my violin, the A and D have more distinct characters now and I'm still loving the G especially. I've paired them with a thick gauge lezner Goldbrokat e but plan to try a Westminister, Pirastro Gold, and Hill thick gauge e as well. I can't say that price was a deterrent because Evah Pirazzi sets aren't cheap either. I was more apprehensive because I've been playing on Evahs exclusively since 2006 and for the most part been pretty happy with them. I like the Dom Pros enough to have ordered a second set.