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Materials chosen carefully
The materials can have a great effect on the sound a string produces. This is why string makers will design their strings to produce certain timbres or to complement certain instruments. Dominants are no exception, the E string features a carbon steel core with aluminium winding. This winding darkens the sound, reducing shrillness and improving the bow response making this an enjoyable string to play. The remainder of the strings feature a synthetic core, synthetic cores are often used for their similarity in tone to gut while not suffering from the tuning instability, lack of durability and less good projection that gut strings tend to have.
Sizing your strings
These strings are available in sizes from full size (4/4) all the way down to 1/16 size. Such a variety is quite uncommon on strings often seen in professional circles and makes these strings accessible to all players. Thomastik stresses the importance of getting the correct size and recommends you check your instrument's measurements before purchasing your strings. Thomastik measures their strings according to vibrating string length.
Measuring this is simple, you measure from the nut (top of the fingerboard) to where the strings meet the bridge. This is the length of the string that freely vibrates so, therefore, is the vibrating string length. Fortunately, as a violin, your instrument should more or less match up to Thomastik's measurements as the violin sizes are more uniform than the other string instruments.
Alternative string options available
You may find that certain materials have a nicer sound or complement your instrument better. Fortunately, the Dominant range comes with some alternative string types that may suit your preferences. If your instrument is naturally dark sounding already then the stainless steel unwound E string may be a good option. Unwound E strings tend to produce a brighter tone which can complement darker instruments excellently. A set is also available with this particular string in it instead of the aluminium wound E string.
A tin-plated E string is also available, this isn't as dark sounding as the aluminium wound E string but is darker than the unwound E string. Perfect if you're seeking a slightly darker sounding E string on a darker sounding instrument.
The Dominant 4/4 size D strings also feature a silver wound variation. Silver produces a darker sound than aluminium and has a slightly slower bow response, this is why silver is seen on the G string in this range. The silver D string is ideal for brighter instruments where the aluminium D string would be too overpowering compared to the other strings.
What's at Gear4music?
- With stainless steel E string (also available individually)
- With aluminium wound E string (also available individually)
Strings only available separately
- Steel E strings
- Aluminium wound E strings, loop end
- Tin plated E string
- Silver wound D strings
- Note: A
- Size: 1/2
- Vibrating string length: 28.3cm (11.1")
- Core: Synthetic
- Winding/plating: Aluminium
- Tension: Mittel (medium) - 4.5kg
- End type: Ball end
- Tailpiece end silk colour: Stone
- Peg end silk colour: Violet