this is interesting. Ive always heard helicores are fast response. Heck try it out and see! My gut says that at my level speed wouldn't be one thing I would expect a string type change to give me so Id be interested to hear if you think it made a difference for you. I know youre speaking of cello but same should apply for violin I would think.
yeah me too. I was in a violin shop with my fiddle recently and was asking about strings. The owner didn't think mine liked obligatos. He was suggesting helicores and one thing he mentioned was they had more bite and response. he thought the Gatos were too dark for him on my fiddle. I told him I liked them and leaned more toward synthetic strings. I think it comes down to what you feel like works and gives you confidence your instrument isn't working against you. problem with that is how do you know till you switch things up? my only concern is that I try and switch things up TOO much instead of keeping something static which makes me commit unconscious adjustments which throw something else off. maybe I "fret" about too much..
@Mouse and others. The speed reference was based on string height from the fingerboard. The less distance the fingers have to travel, all things considered, the faster the fingers will be. You would need to change bridge height to achieve this result, so it is not as easy as a string change.
I think what you want to do is related to the length of time between when you begin bowing and when you start to hear something. @BillyG has done some work on this with his octave strings (I supplied some parts for him). Wrap metal choice and weight of tailpiece materially affect this speed.
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I think it comes down to what you feel like works and gives you confidence your instrument isn't working against you. problem with that is how do you know till you switch things up? my only concern is that I try and switch things up TOO much instead of keeping something static which makes me commit unconscious adjustments which throw something else off. maybe I "fret" about too much..
I am going to have to agree with this right here.
There are very similar thoughts and discussions in the guitar world, and some even polarize on opinions like: Thicker picks to play fast. Heavier strings to play fast.
While the reality is, it all varies so much from player to player there is no real standard, from thinnest to thickest of picks and even string gauge, action and tension.
Guitar does have the advantage of being a lot cheaper to change out a set of strings on, and changing pick is magnitudes cheaper than changing a bow.
But in the end, given a well setup instrument, string types/tension is going to make a minuscule difference and the end result will come from practicing and learning. And that minuscule difference will most likely end up from being a comfort factor rather than from an actual physics performance increase.
The real trick is, finding what is missing/needs to be corrected/changed in practice routine that gets us there. And sometimes it can be something pretty subtle.