Choosing string brands

Jenny said: Apr 1, 2006
3 posts

I am needing to buy a new set of strings for my violin. In the past I have always bought the Dominant brand. However, last time I got this brand I was not happy with them. So I’d like to experiment and try something new. I’d appreciate advice soon as my A string is actually fraying. (Don’t worry I won’t play it till it’s changed).

When I first purchased my instrument it came with a set of strings that I really liked—no idea what brand they were, the only clue I have is that the thread color was red and green (mixed). Anyway, ever since switching to the Dominant string, it has never sounded like it did when I first got it.

I have heard that the quality of the violin affects the sound that the violin makes. So it is good to take this into account when choosing strings. Mine is student quality around the 1000 dollar range.

I’ve also heard that the string of choice should have a Perlon core.

I don’t really know if I want something bright, or warmer. Any thoughts/suggestions?

said: Apr 2, 2006
 38 posts

If you like the Dominant Strings, but want to try something different, you might want to try the Dominant Infeld Reds or Blues. The reds tend to brighter, while the blues is warmer and smoother. THey are not much more expensive than Dominants. The string of choice that I’ve heard a lot about lately is the Evah Pirazzi- they are very responsive, tend towards the bright side. The disadvantage is that they are very expensive. I don’t have them on my violin, but I have played many violins strung with them and have quite liked them. My very favorite are the Corelli Alliance, but I’m not sure that they are made anymore. Eudoxas are good (espceially the wound e string which I use regardless of what the other three strings are) and they tend to sound a lot like gut strings without the extreme fluctuations that gut stings have due to temperature and humidity.

I know that there are charts published to identify different kinds of strings by color, because we have one in the string shop where I work. Try a google search if you remember what the strings looked like.

Good luck.

said: Apr 2, 2006
 122 posts

I love Obligatos on my violin. What I suggest is buying different brands each time until you find something you like.

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-Shinichi Suzuki

Jenny said: Apr 4, 2006
3 posts

Thanks for the advice. I made a list of your suggestions and then looked them up on various Internet sites to see what was said about them. I now have 3-4 to choose from if I don’t like the ones I ordered.

I googled around looking for a thread colour chart or search engine. Boy that took a long time to find anything!!! I did finally find one though, so thought I’d post the link in case it interests anyone else. It is:

After re-examining my old strings, I decided that they had really more of a blue/orange colour thread on them. Anyway I believe I’ve found the string brand that my violin originally came with, D’Addario Pro Arte. From what I’ve read about them they should be good. Have you had any experience with them?

Devin said: Apr 28, 2006
Devin Arrington
Suzuki Association Member
4 posts

obligatos on G,D,A and thick hill E string is the way to go in my opinion.

I’ve tried all the strings out there and the only thing to match it would be the evah pirrazzi (but these sound the same as obligatos and are more expensive). The Hill E (specify thick!) is amazing.

Jennifer said: Apr 30, 2006
Jennifer Moberg
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Dehbori Kabul, Afghanistan
71 posts

i tried the evah pirazzi’s… STRONGLY disliked them.

i love obligato’s, with a pirastro gold e

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Community Youth Orchestra said: May 29, 2006
Community Youth OrchestraViolin, Viola
70 posts

Your experience with strings will vary depending on your instrument.

Thomastik Dominants are very “middle of the road” and sound okay to good on just about everything. In my experience, they worked well on my previous instruments but other string brands served to bring out positive sound qualities better. The Obligato and Evah Pirazzi strings have their benefits on certain instruments…on my viola the C and G strings sound fantastic (deep and rich) with Obligato. Evah’s really helped in terms of projection on my previous violin (a 1928 E.H. Roth) but where much too bright on a student’s Scott Cao (2003).

My current violin doesn’t seem to care what strings are on it…it sounds good regardless, and I’m thankful for that. I save money not having to buy Pirastro’s premium strings!.

Ashley said: Aug 5, 2006
 7 posts

Has anyone tried the Vision Titanium strings?

said: Aug 5, 2006
 32 posts

I find them a bit too bright for my instrument, but I know someone who loves them. Their response time is fantastic, and they are also extremely durable.

I actually prefer the regular Vision. Also good response time (so easy to play!), and I change them half as often as I did Dominants.

said: Aug 5, 2006
 22 posts

I really like Dominant A,D, & G, and then I have a Pirastro Gold E. You mentioned, Help, that your violin hasn’t sounded the same since you got it. Perhaps part of the reason, apart from the strings, is because you need a tune-up on your sound post/bridge.

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Jennifer Visick said: Aug 11, 2006
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
997 posts

Has anyone heard of Warchal strings (or tried them)?

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