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Great sound quality. Pricey for a beginner (in my opinion) but, definitely worth it to someone who loves music (violin) and values sound quality. I would recommend for advanced (high school/college level) performance. That’s just a rough gauge. Not necessary for a beginner, new violin player (someone who isn’t sure if the violin is something they want to pursue/just trying it out.) This is for an advanced violinist, who wants great sound quality. Great strings!
It took a while longer to break these strings in then I thought. I'd been using Helicore strings for a long time.I wanted to to try these Dominants to see what all the hubub was about I'd been hearing. Sure enough, these are sweet sounding. They've been on a while and are broken in and sound really good.
As a teacher I got sick and tired of cheap strings that start bad, go bad and at best sound poor. Students, especially playing student violins, must be able to achieve good intonation and the best tone possible with the instrument. Poor instruments and lousy strings are a recipe for violin abandonment. Dominants have been the tried and true choice of teachers and professional players for decades.
These violin strings are great! I'm so happy with their beautiful sound. The difference in my playing is so noticeable. I'm just a beginner, but with such sound, it pushes me to keep practicing! I almost gave four stars, because as I was putting in the new strings, the E string popped, before I started tightening it. But I contacted the seller through Amazon, and I received a new string within a week! I was very impressed with the speed and service of the company, and I'm loving my new sound! Great, great product!!!
These are great strings which are definitely a step up from the Prelude strings which came on my (rather inexpensive) violin.
The difference in tone is slight, but these seem to have a warmer sound than the Prelude strings. Perhaps the biggest difference for me, though, was the feel. These are a lot more flexible than the steel strings my violin came with. This seems to make the strings more forgiving (minute variations in pitch aren't so ear-splittingly obvious) and it also allows for a great deal more expression.
I was amazed the E string did not have the ball mounted in the loop. The ball was included in the package. I have never received a Thomastik Dominant set of strings like this before when the order specifically stated that the E had a ball end. This was for a student's violin which required all ball ends on all 4 strings.
Very sensitive to setup, and will squeal in certain configurations.
Complaints about whistling E-strings can be almost always be resolved by ensuring proper alignment of the bridge and making sure the E-string sleeve doesn't extend past the bridge toward the fingerboard (i.e. keep it almost entirely on the tailpiece-side of the bridge).
I am relatively new to the violin but have played cello all my life. This was my first experience ordering violin strings, and I am very pleased. I have a decent student-level violin. These strings greatly improved the tone of the instrument. They are much more resonant than the strings that came with it, and the response is quicker. My husband, also a musician, immediately noticed the difference.
I just love these strings. They really give you a good idea for the tone of your instrument. I have a romanian violin that came with these strings and I just put a fresh set of strings on after 10 months of playing about 30 mins a day or so on my instrument, and wow, the difference in sound is fantastic. My instrument sounds beautiful for the price and I think these strings are well worth it, I have had no issues.
These strings are ideal for students. Unlike Red Label or D'Addario, these strings are soft on the left hand, and produce a better quality tone, even on lower end instruments. Students will feel more encouraged to practice if they have strings that respond to their movements. I played them myself as a student, and now as a teacher of 20 years, I recommend them to all my students.