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    Default What strings do you use?

    hello,
    I was just wondering what kind of strings the string players here use. I use medium Helicores. I'll keep on using them until I get a proffesional instrument, and then I might switch to gut wound C-G-D with steel A ( the usual prefference among violists ).
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    Eudoxa gut strings

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    Thomastik Dominants
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    Daniel, since you use gut strings, perhaps I could ask you if it's true about them being difficult to use ( snap easily, go out of tune quickly, don't last ect. )?

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    I was worrying about that also before getting them. But if I play regulary, they stay in tune very well, I was amazed. And they are not too sensitive with humidity. But I had to play them "warm" for some weeks. Not to stay in tune, but to develop their sound. Maybe I needed some time to develop the full warm and lovely tone because they are my first gut strings. I really can recommend them, and you are rather not limited in repertoire.

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    I have used Eudoxa for a long time, and none have ever snapped. I don't tune more than I do with synthetic strings.

    I just put on a set of Olivs Friday. So far, I really like them. They are sweet and powerful, and gives my violin some authority. I can't keep using them though. The price... !
    IF I hit a wrong key its becaus i kind of like it that way.

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    Is there a big difference to Eudoxa? If yes, what difference?

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    On my violin they are very similar to Eudoxa. Only more powerful, more balanced (especially the A-string), and perhaps more complex (my last Eudoxa set was kind of old so it lost some overtones). If you like Eudoxa then you should definitely try these.
    IF I hit a wrong key its becaus i kind of like it that way.

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    I use Dominant. They seem to be pretty well made.

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    I just swtiched to evah priazzis. They are AMAZING! I strongly encourage all of those who have not tried them to use them. I am never going back to Dominants again!
    It is our imperfections that make us who we are.

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    I don't know if it's just me... but I find that Dominants nowadays lack quality... their strings go dead quick and oxidises real easily, not to mention less responsive also.

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    Smile Pirastro

    Hey everyone, I'm a newbie Cool forum.
    I use pirastro strings, I reckon they are the best.

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    Default Strings I Use

    I'm a big fan of Larsens. But like anybody else, used Dominants for many years. In fact, I really didn't start experimenting with strings until I started working in a violin shop a few years ago. I've tried Obligatos, Prim, Helicores, D'Addarios, Red Labels, and like Larsens the best.

    I feel Larsen strings bring out the best overall qualities of my violin: more of the darks, but rounder, more luscious. More of the highs, but sweeter, cleaner, more of the mid-range, but robust, choclatey...I know, I know, I used to collect wine. The descriptions for how a really good wine tastes often do parallel the tones of a good violin, don't you think?
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    I like having an eclectic set up! I use Dominant G and silver D because though they don't sound very great they last a decent length for what you pay. I use an Obligato A and my E string varies upon the repertoire I am playing. Right now I have a gold Oliv but normally I would use the Universal E or Evah Pirazzi gold E. My frustration with Pirazzi's is that I love them but they go dead in under 2 weeks which gets costly to replace so I only use them for special concerts.

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    Evah Pirazzi most of the time...that or Thom Dom. on the GDA and Goldbrokat on the E.

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