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.
"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.
@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.
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