I would like to thank The Detroit Violin Company for letting me demo these strings.
Dogal strings are made in Italy. The company has been around for over 60 years, but at least in the SE Michigan are practically unheard of. Today we are looking at the Capriccio "Soloist" strings.
The packaging for Capriccio strings states:
The set that I put on my instrument has the steel E. A platinum E-string is available. The strings are incredibly smooth. I might even say that they are the most polished strings I have ever used. They took a couple days to stop stretching and about a week for the tone to settle.
Tone & Complexity
Once the strings fully stretched out they lost a bit of the heavy richness that I initially heard just after installing the strings. The warmer tone is still there but feels distant compared to the more upfront tone of the string. It is quite an interesting effect that I never noticed on other strings. When playing out on forte passages they cut through like a brighter string, but when holding back on piano sections the complexity and richness of the tone shines. I would lean them in the brighter category but depending on the register and dynamic you can get a variety of tones from this single set. It definitely feels most like a "soloist" string as the package advertises, and I am curious as to how the orchestra set compares.
The tone is not completely even across all four strings. The Steel E really shines above the rest of the set which is great for solo works. The tension feels a bit tight which allows for a bit cleaner articulation compared to the previous couple sets I have used.
These strings can sing. They cannot hold up to the power that you find in a Kaplan or Evah Pirazzi string, but my instrument is definitely being challenged above it's "natural" tone.
These strings are fun. They are incredibly smooth and make shifting a breeze without a hint of "string noise." The tone is both bright when playing loud, but manages to bring out richness when playing softer and in the lower register. A soloist looking to play loud but not shrill, or a chamber musician looking to open up a dark instrument would love these strings.
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