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Fred Kremer

My violin coach suggested that it might be a worthwhile idea, okay, she is Russian and made it very clear that my current violin was holding me back from producing the best tone.

We started trialing violins.

So far out of 5 trial violins she has rejected 4 of them, the fifth will be evaluated soon. One came close, great projection, warm and focused with a bit of sparkle but the E string failed. It was subtle, very subtle but eventually I heard it. It was ever so slightly flat. Not in pitch but in timbre.

It was my pick of the first 4.  

This violin is strung with Peter Infeld on the G-D-A, the E is strung with Evah Pirazzi Gold Label Wondertone.

I suspect the culprit is the plate tuning and not the string. If so, change in the E string will most likely not bring about the desired change in quality.

Has anyone else run across this?  Did a different string result in an improved tone, not just a different tone?

Fred Kremer
2 Responses
Posted: January 11, 2019
Last Comment: January 12, 2019

Beth Blackerby
Posted: January 12, 2019
I would definitely explore E strings. I think the right or wrong string can greatly affect tone.

Posted: January 11, 2019
Hi Fred, changing the E string is not too expensive and may solve the issue if the Gold E has worn out.