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Mackenzie is a freshman in high school, she plays First violin on her high school orchestra and is also in chamber orchestra. She was just chosen to all county orchestra here in Pinellas county (Tampa bay). There were only two violinists chosen from her orchestra. Part of her success I attribute to the fact that she also plays nice violins. The other day I picked up another violin. The label inside says “Nicola Amati Cremona, sub Titula Santa Teresa”. It really looks nice as you can see by the pictures. and I left the existing strings on it and Mack tuned it up. Mack and I usually use either Prelude or Dominate strings on our violins. . When she played it she immediately said how well it sounds. Her comment was one I have never heard from her before. She said, “ I feel like it is talking to me when I play it”. I looked up the strings and they are Thomastik Infeld Vision. Now I’m wondering if I need to experiment on different strings on her Gliga Vasile...???
String choice has been a real concern for me. Preludes are affordable but may not be a real good choice.
The Perludes are steel string with a bright sound and the Visions are a synthetic string with a warmer sound, with her ability and the style of music she's playing, matched to the Amati style of violin, I believe it's just a tad smalled with higher top plate arching compared to stads, I've read where they tend not to project quite as well as a strad, the ones I've heard had a very sweet sound, may be the sound she's been looking for. Tell her congrats form me for being chosen to play for the county.
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Hello steveduf. It is funny how discoveries like that happen (just now, I am reading the Mark Twain article “Turning Point of My Life,” which is worthwhile). Fiddlerman previously offered his used strings to forum members, which may be a low cost method of providing Mackenzie with a spectrum of possibilities.
Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing. —Werner von Braun
Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. —Frank Zappa
Experience is a difficult teacher, it gives the test first and the lesson after.
Mack just informed me this morning that her A string snapped on her Gliga and the other strings are showing stress. She put another on but I decided to try a set of Vision Titanium Orchestra strings that I just ordered from Fiddlerman. We’ll see how those compare. This is Mackenzie getting ready to go play with the chamber orchestra.