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Glasser composite violin?
Does anybody have any experience with one?
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AndrewH
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Ah, there were some mentions of the relatively low price point of the instrument and of Pirastro Chromcor strings. I don't use Evah Pirazzi strings myself, but I would estimate that about one-third of the violinists and violists in my orchestras do, and they get talked about in my other online communities quite a bit. Most people's experience is that EP greens last no more than half as long as Dominants.

EP greens are the highest-tension synthetics on the Violin String Review tension chart, which is perhaps why they were suggested for a heavy instrument.

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Well, if they are higher tension anyway, perhaps I should start with the mediums and work up.

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"The EP greens definitely focused the sound and - to some extent - cleared up that "bell ringing under water" sound."

Hi all, thanks for the ideas on strings for the Glasser violin. I've been experimenting some with strings and found a peculiar workaround that improved the tone.

I do want to try the Evah Pirazzi greens at some point but the price is an obstacle. I doubt I'd want to re-string each time with EP greens given the value of the instrument - I'd save that investment for my "better" violin 😉

Experiment #1 - I put a pack of Fiddlerman strings on the Glasser, so now I can compare the same newer strings on both Glasser and my regular violin. They were a dramatic improvement on my regular violin. The Glasser does sound *better* with the Fiddlerman strings, more crisp and brighter but not much change from the "underwater bell" tone.

Experiment #2 - I have been using a mute for practice (trying to keep the household sane during our pandemic stay-at-home time) By accident, I noticed putting the mute on just the bass end of the bridge made a big difference cutting out the 400-ish Hz resonance, but barely affected the brightness of the higher harmonics. I did some more tinkering and now I have a small piece of urethane tubing split on one side and wrapped around the bass side of my bridge. From that workaround I am hearing a welcome improvement in tone as I practice.

Weird but effective. To me this suggests the bridge could be an item worth tinkering with. Irv, when you get around to tinkering w/yours the shape of the bridge might be worth attention.

I'll say again, I like my Glasser a lot 🙂 StAy SaFe and SaNe out tHeRe.

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@TheLuckPenny and others.  I am going to try something tomorrow but will tell you about it now.  If you have any small (2 to 3 mm) o-rings, try cradling them on the bridge under the g and d string.  

I will also try putting a clothes pin on the bass side and see what happens.

I had some violin bridges laser cut to my specifications by The Magic Flute company, and plan to try one on the Glasser.  See photo for approximate appearance.3DE3F635-65E0-4425-B7CC-AC28B32CC50C.jpegImage Enlarger6B6B6AB9-F987-4F8F-AF8A-B728629F2EA6.jpegImage Enlarger

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@TheLuckPenny - What a great discovery for you. Happy that this made the instrument more pleasing to you. Why not just cut that rubber mute to fit just the bass side? You could start by cutting it in half.

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