Posted by bj on Friday, July 4, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008 @2:05:22 PM
Check to see what the wrap on that A string was made of.
I bet it was aluminum. Aluminum is used a lot on A strings because
it makes them sound mellow, but as anyone who has crunched
or mangled an aluminum can can tell you, aluminum is not a very durable material.
I've had aluminum wrapped A string fail several times, usual under my 3rd finger, though.
Go chrome-steel on steel (Thomastik Precision Lights, available at quinnviolins.com and juststrings.com) and you won't have that problem again.
Friday, July 4, 2008 @2:25:08 PM
Well, ya got me! Based on this description I have no clue what the wrap was. And the string wrappers are now in the old case with the old strings in them, so I can't even read the wrapper.
Kinda sucks since they did sound very nice at first. I surely don't feel like I got my money's worth though, and if the A string went like this, I don't feel like I can trust the whole set. I'm trying to decide now whether to just replace them all.
Thanks for the recommendation. I'll consider them and the Prims everyone talks about. The Prims are reasonably priced and this is, after all, my second fiddle. I'd rather try out pricier ones on the good fiddle (which is currently sporting Dominants, which sound very nice on it when it's playable. Well, except the E, which I'm planning on changing.) Hmm, I seem to remember reading in those threads that the Dominants had some A string problems . . .
bon temps Says:
Sunday, July 6, 2008 @6:26:28 AM
I've used Dominants from the start and just plan on unraveling my A from time to time because I tend to slur up to B. And, yes, the wrapper indicates "synthetic core, aluminum wrap." What I don't like though is the Dominant E which I replaced with a Pirastro Oliv several years ago and have been using them since. It seems to be much brighter, but can also be a devilish string at times!
Sunday, July 6, 2008 @6:55:46 AM
A lot of folks use the Dominants, and Twin Rivers Music, my local music shop that caters mostly to stringed instruments, does recommend them (with a Tonica E, actually.) They do have a nice selection and discount to their regulars to roughly internet prices, but they do NOT stock the Prims right now. Not surprising, since the teacher there is a Classical Teacher and the daughter of the owner. I imagine they will if I ask them to though. And I do like buying local whenever I can, though sometimes it's impossible. It is very nice to be able to walk 7 blocks to buy a string when needed, so hopefully they will take my suggestion.
Re your Pirastro Oliv, what do you find "devilish" about it? I know that even with the more forgiving perlons I will draw a screech out of that string quicker than the others.
I'm probably going to slap Prims on this second fiddle though. After doing more reading, the steels stand up to cross tuning better, and that's what I'm planning on doing with this one once I get the Stockdale back (LATER THIS WEEK! YAY!) And since oldtimers love the Prims and do lots of cross tunings, it would seem that they're the way to go for this romanian fiddle.
I do think, that on FiddlePogo's recommendation, the next set going on the Stockdale will be the Thomastik Precision Lights. If I can avoid the wrap unravel problem and still draw a good sound I will be a happy camper. Though I also have to consider that the maker of the Stockdale, who was also its player, kept Dominants on it. There had to be a reason for that, and since the sound from that one is so very fine, one has to wonder if those strings are an essential ingredient in the recipe.
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