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Tonica or Dominants - Gliga
Is it best to put Tonicas or Dominants on your Gliga for a warm balanced sound?
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jose6ph
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Hi everyone! I'm an adult beginner/returner to the violin.

I've been learning on a really basic student violin and thought it was time to upgrade to a new violin that will do me through the grades. I chose the Gliga Gems II Antique. The set-up shop has been really helpful but I'm not sure what strings to choose for my new violin, they can either fit Pirastro Tonicas or Thomastik Dominants.

I haven't developed a sound yet but I like a warm, balanced, mellow tone from the violin. In your experience which string do you think may suit better? Or are we just splitting hairs?

 

Thanks!

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The hard part about stuff like this is that each violin reacts to the strings differently. what brand makes one violin warm and darker may make another more bright and brilliant. I haven't tried tonicas but i have used Dominants in the past and they were pretty good with a warm resonance and even tone on my violin. I'd say pick one and go with it. At this stage it'll probably be less the violin string sound and more your playing that determines how good the violin sounds 😀 Don't be afraid to order your own strings and change them to if you don't like the sound of the ones you got.  Good luck! 

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Fiddlerman
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June 29, 2017 - 8:27 am
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I would ask for Vision or even better, Vision solo.
I feel that the Dominants are a bit bright and metallic but Tonica strings have never really worked well for us. They seem to lack clarity. IMO!!!

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Thanks for your help, I'll definitely keep the Visions in mind, I've read good things about them. Yeah, I guess I'll need to be a better player to get any kind of sound from the violin but choosing the right equipment is part of the fun too haha!

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July 5, 2017 - 2:33 pm
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I definitely agree that picking the equipment is a good part of the fun. 🙂

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I just swapped out my dominants for tonicas.

I can't wait until their are worn out so I can put dominants (or something else) back on.

 

The good thing is that tonicas are cheap, so you can try them and keep them as spares if you don't like them. 

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jose6ph
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That's interesting. What do you not like about the Tonicas?

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Bearing in mind that it's instrument specific, for me the tonicas are too strident and not sweet.  

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July 18, 2017 - 12:37 pm
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I feel exactly the same way dpappas. Never been too happy with Tonicas.
You might want to try our Fiddlerman strings some time. If you don't like them, just let me know and we'll take care of you.

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Thanks for the help, when the strings wear out I think I'll give the Fiddlerman ones a go. I've read really good things about them. I also just ordered a Fiddlerman carbon fibre bow, can't wait to get it! I'm in Ireland so it might take a while lol

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Fiddlerman said
If you don't like them, just let me know and we'll take care of you.  

h-how?

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LizaA, you ask difficult questions. 🙂
We'll take them back and give you your money back.......

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