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I purchased the fiddlerman soloist violin a year before. It sounds great when I am playing it in a big hall or in my orchestra. But when I play it in a smaller room, the E string sounds very... umm... "strong" I guess. Its not sweet anymore. Other strings also sound brighter than I would like. I am wondering if another set of strings (or some other adjustment) can make my violin sound sweeter/warmer by any chance?
I tried trading in my violin for another one but unfortunately the new violin should be at least 3000 dollars for trade in to be possible (which is currently out of my budget).
P.S. I have only been playing the violin for 4-5 years, so I am in no way any expert. Just seeking out some advice.
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No one can really help you find warmer strings for the rest, without knowing what you're currently using - and how long they've been on your violin.
I think @mouse is on to something with the room acoustics. I doubt youll be able to match the sound of a hall and playing with other stringed instruments. But, aside from that make sure your bridge hasnt shifted around..that your string isnt hitting side of pegbox or cutting into bridge. if you have fine tuners are they ran all the way in and/or vibrating and messing with sound?.
And you guys are probably right. It may just be the acoustics but it takes away all my motivation to practice with this violin at home. This violin keeps sitting idle and I keep going back to my 400 dollars violin.
Anyway I am taking the violin to a luthier today just to confirm if its just in my head or if there are some minor adjustment issues with the bridge etc.
arent those vision strings? havent double checked on chart.
i have a soloist..every violin is different but if everything checks out ok and you decide to change strings try out larsen tzigane or obligatos for something a little more darker or woody sounding ( to me ).. i also am liking larsen virtuoso strings on it right now but they are probably more bright than you want. the tziganes and obligatos are pretty close obligatos just slightly more expensive. .ive kept the obligato e string on it even after changing the others. seems to be holding up well..
So the luthier said that the violin setup was correct. He suggested the obligatos strings for warmer sound. I agreed, because I have heard a lot of good things about obligatos. He installed the obligato strings on the violin (about 90 dollars for strings and 10 dollars for installation) and OH MY! The violin sounds so lovely now. I have been practicing non-stop for 1 hour in my room. The sound has become very sweet and the resonance on the D and A strings feels very nice. E string is not as strong now (which is what I wanted). I hope it will sound good when I play with my orchestra too. But for now I am totally satisfied with the new strings. It might sound even better once they settle down properly.
The only other change the luthier made was making the pegs turn more smoothly. I think that since I wasn't using this violin much, the pegs had become stiff.
@GregW The old strings were in fact vision strings. And thanks for your obligato/tzigane suggestions.
@Mouse I live in a studio and kitchen/bedroom/living-room are all the same for me! But next semester I will be shifting to a new place and hopefully I will have more options.
@JohnG Yes I have recorded multiple pieces in the past comparing the two violins. They sounds very different to me.
sweet! yeah obligatos sounded great and overall as strings go a pretty easy suggestion to try..just expensive..i went with the tzigane and then to the virtuaso after a while because i think my soloist was a tad on the darker side and the larsen strings seemed to brighten up a bit..but i was happy with the 'gatos too.. i probably change strings to often and the cost was something i was looking at...the larsens arent THAT much cheaper though..anyway... glad it worked out and thanks for letting us know how it went.