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I bought the Dominant Violin e2 130 steel core, aluminum wound string today and went to put it on my violin. I didn't even try to tighten the string and it snapped. These strings are not cheap at $20.00 for the e-string so I expected it to be somewhat better than the Vision which is sold at $8.00. Expensive piece of rubbish. Unfortunately I can't give it less than a 1 star because it doesn't even merit that given that I couldn't even try it out.
I have taught violin full time for around 20 years and have come back home to dominant. I have tried everything between and I can only say that Dominant is the most stable, clear and long lasting string available. IMO
I was about to drop thousands on a new violin but I decided to try and change my strings first and what a difference it made to the sound quality! So I will hold off on a new violin purchase for a while longer. Phew.
I'm not a great violin player, my violin is a Stentor Verona. When I bought the violin it was strung with Pirastro Tonica, which are great strings, providing a great crisp and bright sound, for my needs (Irish Fiddle). However, I decided to re-string with Dominants and Wow my violin was transformed, what a great strong, still bright yet deeper tone. I realise that you must consider strings, bows, rosin, etc, etc, for your particular violin and needs but, I would highly recommend Dominants to bring on the sound quality of a low priced violin.
Insane difference in my student violin (Stentor Student 2) over the factory strings. After letting the strings settle in for a day and tuning them to pitch, it sounds like a completely different violin. I also found that the strings are far more precise in their pitch gradients, which is useful if you're learning as it prevents you from being careless.
I'd describe the sound of these strings as "pure". It's clean, and balanced, it doesn't sound particularly warm, maybe more on the brighter side, but overall very neutral.
I’ve been using Dominants for 35 years so no surprises. They work well, last a long time and a have a beautiful tone about a week after being changed. Changing you violin strings is like food for the soul. I should do it more often.
These were quite good. I put them on my older violin but would also put them on my children's cheaper ones. They are not as good as the Piastro but much better than most of what I've tried. There really is a difference in quality of sound, feel when playing, and wind-ability between the different brands. I would definitely recommend these strings for most violins. If you've a well-kept older violin, I would recommend the Piastro.
I have used these strings many times on violin. On one fine violin I fitted with another type of recommended synthetic core string I was experiencing over-resonance D string. I switched them for these Dominants and the problem went completely away.
Have used Dominant strings for decades. Recently tried some free samples from another brand and swiftly changed back to Dominants - call that habit, but the sound quality is warmer and rounder with Dominants. Fellow violinists from around the world also use Dominants, including professionals. Will be sticking with it for the foreseeable future!