Dominants on a Steiner?
I assisted a former student acquiring a 4/4 violin as her current teacher is on vacation and requested my assistance in the process.
Bottom line: she chose a Steiner. Lovely sound and she is adapting to the larger instrument.
It is fitted with what I consider "Shop Strings" and I'm a Dominant fan. But, I'm not sure that Dominants would be best for the Steiner.
I'm sure that there have to be more than a few here on v.com that play a Steiner who can comment on and recommend quality strings that will work well with the Steiner sound.
What is a Steiner??
I rather thought the Steiner would be the German one ...
Stainer(x2) is mentioned here: -
Is it branded below the button? Several makers of that name (not to be confused with Stainer) worked at Mittenwald and Markneukirchen in the 18th and 19th century, but the branded instruments that frequently turn up at auctions in the UK (name spelt either way) were probably made in Schoenbach c.1900.
My apologies for the spelling - the instrument is a Stainer copy with a square block brand on the back. High arched back and belly and a good mellow Stainer sound. It has some power albeit this will never be an instrument for solo performing with an orchestra.
I recently received one Stainer copy, the kind marked on the button, as a gift. It was stringed with Dominants and I think they work well. I don’t like the sound of dominants very much, but the truth is that the instrument responds well to them and it does what I want it to do. So far I don’tfeel like I need to change them… if it ain’t broken…
There's been much debate on Maestronet recently about the labelling of antique trade instruments. We know full well that 99.9% of violins labelled "Stradivarius" are spurious but what of the ones labelled "copy of.."?
Sometimes I think "copy of" means more like "shaped like a."
For a Stainer copy violin, Dominants are a good place to start. Those violins are on average somewhat mellow and a little more bass-oriented, which can be excellent for fiddlers or jazz players. If you want more focus and a slightly brighter sound, I’d recommend Rondos. The only caveat is that as the string tension gets higher, there’s greater likelihood of the sound becoming strident or choked.
My violin was an unlabelled Stainer model, and before I agreed to the soundpost shift that led to deterioration and eventual loss of Stainerhood, it had a sound powerful enough to necessitate any grand I played with (piano, I mean, not Ariana) to have its lid fully open, and it was at its best with gut strings (I used Golden Spiral, but I'm not sure that before the sound post shift it wouldn't have been best with Eudoxa - The tone was getting brighter all the time - It had functioned during my childhood as my viola). I don't think Dominant were as good, particularly with the G.
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