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Hi..My tale is a bit of a 71 I touched my first violin,and after <3 months of learning how to set up bridge/nut/chin rest and thanks to Beth (later)..the great BonMusica rest..I looked on line to several fine beginner-instructors...figured out how to make some sounds and found VIOLINLAB.COM  !! Joined the first night, to my delight..and found a local teacher who is just fine...But I spend an hour plus with" Beth" daily , for her insight into the human condition and shortcomings come thru in the videos so pointedly that one feels as if one was sitting with your own private teacher, discussing "why I can't get that right", yet...I'm in awe.

I just replaced my $9 string set with Dominants-mediums....and I can't BELIEVE the glorious sound my $70 Chinese violin is making !  I am serious..good strings make an unbelievable difference..Has anyone else this to be true ?..Georgevenshar


george #
6 Responses
Posted: March 25, 2012
Last Comment: March 26, 2012

george #
Posted: March 26, 2012

Thanks for the words of welcome..I read a review on strings on "strings.." and my local teacher uses dominants,and they sound pleasing..on his very fine violin..even when I didn't bow well  on it..!!I am an engineer by ed. and the complex constructions of some strings is facinating..NOW IF I EVER GET BEYOND BETHS' LESSON 35...I may be qualified to say more..good bowing all,  George

Jim Gross
Posted: March 25, 2012
Hi George;
I share a similar experience in that before I found ViolinLab, I purchased a Chinese violin. I knew right away that the sound was horrible and I suspected it was the strings.  I bought a set of pro arte strings and what a difference.  I'm not recommending pro arte strings, but the point is strings make a big difference.  Welcome to Violin Lab!

Posted: March 25, 2012
Welcome to the Vlab family George !   You will NOT be disappointed !   :-)

Jason Eke
Posted: March 25, 2012
Hi George,
I have a similar story. I was having issues with my A string that came with the violin, after a few weeks fighting with it I replaced it with Obligato strings.
Now, playing is much more enjoyable.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: March 25, 2012
I'm so glad to hear that, George! I am still amazed at the difference a new set of strings makes. I'm not aware of the slow decline of the strings until that day when I think, Hmm…I don't sound very good….oh yeah, time for new strings….UREKA!!

Robyn, bless you for your comment. It is wonderful advice, and I'm archiving this to paste in future posts about string brand recommendations.

Posted: March 25, 2012
Hi George ...welcome aboard! I certainly agree with all your sentiments regarding our maestro Beth. 

And indeed about your observation on new strings -- fresh strings will breath new life into any instrument. Further, I would add that  depending on how many hours per day you workout on the instrument and ones style (gentile vs rugged), the strings need to be changed at fairly regular intervals if you want to sustain a good resonating sound. 

So my advice to newbies is not to get hung up on so much on what brand is best (there too many variables for a one-brand fits all recommendation) but rather get fixated/neurotic about what strings sound like brand new, broken-in, and when they have past their best-before date -- ie. when its time for a string change.  Given the short life span of the strings, there will be plenty of time to sample ALL of the brands many times over in ones lifetime.