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Should You Buy Dominant Violin Strings?

Updated on May 24, 2010

Should You Buy Dominant Violin Strings?

When it comes to violin strings, your choices are numerous. In 1919, Thomastik-Infeld was founded by Franz Thomastik, a violin maker, and Otto Infeld, an engineer. They created the steel string and revolutionized the industry. Up until roughly 1970, the steel-core and original gut-core strings were still the only options, until Thomastik-Infeld introduced their synthetic-core strings and yet again changed the industry.

These new strings have now had some time to evolve and find their way into the hearts of many musicians, becoming even more popular than their predecessors. However, they do have many differences compared to other strings and you need to know what to expect if you're planning to buy them.

Dominant synthetic strings are made from a type of nylon known as perlon. These perlon-core strings have become popular because of the advantages they offer. The biggest reason steel-core strings became popular was because of the fickle nature of gut-core strings.

While gut-core strings are praised for their sound quality, they are often criticized for being susceptible to changes in temperature and humidity, causing them to require frequent tuning. However, no amount of tuning can cure their slow response time.

Perlon-core strings offer the sound quality advantages of gut-core strings while offering many of the advantages of steel-core strings as well. Steel-core strings are known for their stability and longevity, traits which are shared by the synthetic strings.

If you decide to buy dominant violin strings, you are certainly not alone. As one of the most popular strings in the world, Dominant strings produce a rich, full sound without the metallic sound of many steel strings. Although Dominant strings are known for their affordability, they are still the default string for many musicians and certainly don't sound like cheap strings.

You should keep in mind that every string sounds different on different instruments so you may want to pick accordingly or even consider mixing and matching. Finally, as with most synthetic strings, they take some time to reach their stretched length. They may have to be tuned more often while they stretch out, but will eventually settle to one length.

When you buy Dominant violin strings from a reputable seller, such as Triangle Strings, you can be assured that you are getting a quality string backed by a strong reputation. Their mellow sound and affordable prices have made them popular among artists worldwide.

Dominant strings have become a staple string for many musicians in the industry and countless students trying to improve their craft. Whether you are a hobbyist or seeking a profession in the music industry, Dominant strings are a solid and reliable option.

Dominant Violin Strings
Dominant Violin Strings


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      nbhumble 5 years ago from Staffs, UK

      I used Dominant strings for a long time then I bought a violin that had got Evah Pirazzi strings by Pirastro on it. I have never looked back since. Every instrument I have tried them on has sounded so much better with EP strings. The dynamic range and responsiveness is far greater, with more colours to the tones and greater power also. Yes, they are more expensive than Dominant but still very affordable. Plus for that extra money not only do you get a noticable different in the sound of the violin but I have found them to be longer lasting also - which goes someway to offsetting the higher initial cost.

      I are used on every one of the violins in my collection (which you can see at which you are most welcome to take a peek at.

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      acoustic violin 7 years ago

      the Dominant string has the sound of catgut, but did not have the sensitivity to atmosphere that catgut has.

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      mareo 7 years ago

      I think dominant strings are a great value, but I feel a very important point was left out of this article. Dominant E strings are known to whistle. What I mean by this is particularly when you are rolling your bow from the A string or from a lower string, you will often get a screech from the E string when you first hit it. I experienced this myself, and other violinists have told me to buy 3 dominant strings and a pirastro E.

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      Anonymous 7 years ago

      Do they go well with Evah Pirazzi strings? My D string broke and I might replace it with the Dominant D string.

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      star284 7 years ago

      dominant violin strings are great and can be used easily.They are accepted by most violinist.They are reliable,flexible,reasonable.

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      John Matt 7 years ago

      Dominant violin strings!! Wow... I just love it , and i know i am not the only one who love this popular strings.

      Going to buy it very soon...

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      sandeep  7 years ago

      Dominant Violin Strings is a amazing string for professional musician.I was searching such type of violin string and finally I got it.

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      Sujit 7 years ago

      I was looking for good quality strings. And I am happy to find in here strings that offer rich, full sound without the metallic sound of many steel strings. Give me a link please where i can place an order.