Rondo Violin strings at Shar
It looks like Shar is now selling Rondo strings. They include the steel A as well as the synthetic A.
Thanks for posting this! Their price point is higher than Connolly ($98, last I got them) and higher than I've bought them for at a store ($90).
All the more reason to support your local. Still, a nice alternative when you're travelling and caught in a bind.
Those strings have excellent pitch stability and last a long time. The E string is very powerful. A luthier told me that they work well in opening up the sound of older instruments.
I like them a lot, but did not care for the E. Too much tension, so I swapped out for some other, mellower options.
Expensive-must be magical sounding indeed.
They are also a retailer. Everyone is looking for a profit, here.
I was unable to get a cello set locally and bought them at
Must be a wholesale change in policy. Johnson Strings now offers them online.
Shar IS my local store. It is about a mile from me in Ann Arbor. The people who work there are all local and most of the selling staff are musicians. The sales they have in store are wonderful and the onsite selection of music is huge. They have huge instrument testing rooms to play in and several smaller ones. I get to know the sales and service people by name. The bow rehairing is right there and they do a beautiful job with quick turn-around. When I bought a violin there, the luthier was happy to tinker with it until I loved the set-up.
One of my friends owns a bicycle store. He sometimes describes his business as catering to people who think you can go faster without stronger legs. String industry seems to cater to those who think you can sound better without practice. Many famous soloists did/do fine with Dominants. If you can afford these others and want to try them, though, why not? Not hurting anything, keeping economy going.
I got an email from Shar advising they now carry the Rondo stings. It had a link to their violin string chart which placed the Rondo’s right between Dominants and Tonica. Both less then the Rondos.
The shop I've gone to for the past few decades carries Rondo for noticeably less than the full retail price being charged for online sales. Support your local luthier!
Many soloists did/do use Dominants because for a long time they were the
As someone who only goes to the luthier/violin shop when I need something like a rehair or the like, being able to buy my strings and have them shipped to my door is really helpful, especially since I now use Rondo on my violin. I also got emails from Concordmusic and fiddlershop saying they started selling Rondos online as well. And I asked Southwest strings if they would be as well and they said they'd be selling them starting next week.
Rondo (including individual strings) has been available from the official Europe-based webshop for quite a while (at least a year).
I still prefer and use gut even right now (humid and hot) but please understand that it is very possible to like Dominant for what they are, rather than for what their historical purpose was. Yes, they were a first, and some did not even like them back then. But not all that is new is better. The relatively low tension of a light set is unique among synthetics, even most low tension ones. And though they do not sound "gut like", they have a very charming, clear tone of their own that is generally not too dark/overly warm (understanding that some may hate it, of course.) When Obligato was a fresh product, many loved them over Dominant due to their generally "warm" tone and newer tech (some have always thought of Dominant as too bright and hate the metallic, initial tone), but I feel the old Dominant has won that particular battle over the years, especially when Pirastro stopped offering Obligato in many tensions. Loved or hated, they are still a good option IMHO, not because of what they were, but due to how they still sound and play relative to other good, more modern synthetics.
If you're buying Doninants for $42.50 you have to seriously consider you might be buying counterfeits because that is below my wholesale price from my dealers only supplier.
There are lots of counterfeit strings floating around the far East, on ebay as well as Amazon, it sometimes worth it to pay a few dollars extra to buy from a reputable supplier.
I just received a new set of Dominants, silver G and D strings, with Larsen gold E substituted, that cost $52, from a reputable US music store. Been buying from them for some time; no worry about counterfeit. Agree with Adalberto. My violin sounds great with just about any string, but I enjoy playing Dominants.
I can understand your concerns, but I can assure you they are genuine. Please don't jump to conclusions because of the region - the many working professionals here (including myself) would definitely notice fake strings. Lyndon forgets that in my (very small region) there are no import duties or sales taxes, which helps keep prices down, and I also get a discount offered to pros that register with the shop (a common ploy here). The "list price" I see online at the reputable shops here is about 48 USD.
I pulled the Connolly price directly off my e-commerce receipts. I don't
I'm glad to hear the Rondos more widely available now. I've just installed a set, replacing two week old "Dominant Pros" that didn't work on my violin. After all of the hype, with the D.P., never again.
Jeff Terflinger - what went wrong?
No idea what costs of the two lines are, but after a long flirtation with PI, I have come to prefer the Rondos.
I have used Rondos lately and the Dom. Pros just sounded more subdued, with less sparkle and sizzle. I did reinstall the Dominants on a brighter, 1943 Carlisle and they do sound better then on the warmer 2017 Melanson.