G and d strings
I typically use PI strings, but would like to get a warmer, richer sound in the lower register. What strings would be similar or good to pair with PI to enhance the low register? I was thinking obligatos perhaps but would love to hear what other people recommend. Thanks
It's hard to say, depending on exactly what you mean. Have you tried Dominant D (aluminum) and G, both medium gauge, before, and if so, how did they sound for you?
AW - different strings sound different on different instruments. We can give you all sorts of well-meaning advice, but your luthier is in the best position to advise you. S/he can hear your violin with its current strings and suggest strings that might help you achieve the sound you seek. Obligatos might work, but they might not. Same with dominants. You need someone with expertise who can hear your violin's sound and advise you, not a bunch of people who cannot hear your instrument.
Are your current strings too tight or too loose - or just right.
I would not recommend mixing your set that way, especially with Obligatos and PI. String sets are engineered to work together, but they don’t perform as well when they’re split up and used with other sets (cello strings are a different matter). Some of it comes down to string tension, some of it to the way the bow engages the string.
As I was reading Rich's response my first thought was "show me a cellist with all four strings of the same brand" and I can't immediately see why the rules are different for them. Plenty of members here have commented over time on their bespoke combinations of strings. You are limited only by your ears, your patience, and your wallet.
Rich, I could not disagree with you more.
A sound post can be slightly repositioned to emphasize the lower registers.
Try Eudoxa or Tricolore. Gut will feel different than synthetic, so you'll need to give them a fair chance. But if you're looking for rich, warm, more nuanced sound it's worth a try. I was using PIs and EPs before I made the switch and there is no comparison. Gut is hands-down a superior feel and sound for me.
Thanks all for the recommendations. I ended up buying a set of dominant pros and obligatos. I'll try them and see how the lower register goes and then potentially mix and match. Overall my violin sounds get, but if I could emulate the sound of one violin I like above all others it would be the ex kreutzer strad with an amazing low register. I fully admit I will never have a strad nor play well enough to try one, but this is my next best bet.
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