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Holy cow. Strings really DO make a difference.
I have been playing my son's (1/2...it's so cute) Stentor II. I bought a "trainer" violin (Cecilio CVN-200...please be gentle) pre-strung with D'Addorio Preludes. I realize these are by no means top-notch (or probably even middle-notch) but by comparison to my son's violin...well...holy cow.
Throaty. Mellow. Emotional.
They sound...like a violin. (head blows up)
I don't know what my son's violin is strung with. Judging by the comparison, I'm guessing spray-painted underwear elastic.
Anyway, newbie revelations, just thought I'd share.
Just an observation - never having played anything but 4/4 size I could be way off-track with this - but - I suspect that comparing the tonailty and timbre of physically-different-sized instruments which are still tuned to the same pitch is perhaps unfair ?
I say this because the entire resonating instrument body, and inter-string-resonances will surely behave quite differently between the two. My only "justification" for saying this is that, apart from a gut-feel about the physics of this, in a strange way, I have done "something similar" - I have restrung one of my 4/4 violins as a viola. So, while THIS instrument now has the same tuning as a "real" viola, is a lot of fun to play - and it "kind of sounds OK" - the one thing it does not sound like is a normal, larger bodied viola - and this is comparing two similarly-tuned instruments that are "reasonably close in body size" unlike the large physical difference between the 2/4 and 4/4 violins.
But yes, indeed, strings can and do make a significant contribution to the the sound quality and even playing technique - glad you like the Preludes ! ( You're on a slippery-slope now...... you will soon just want to try other strings - I know how it goes )
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
BillyG, that's brilliant. I'd never have thought of it (the total size of the instrument) but of course it makes sense. Thank you.
And yes, I can see a string upgrade addiction in my future but am trying hard to hold back and take things one step at a time, slowly, and enjoy and savor the entire process.