I had not heard of these strings until someone wrote me through the Violin String Review site and asked for me to check them out. I was certainly intrigued when on their Amazon page it states
So first I noticed that they are a synthetic core and not a metal core like I would expect "fiddle" strings to be. I will state now that they are not made with a fiddler in mind. The big claim is that "Professionals" could not tell the difference. I found this very difficult to believe and had to try them for myself. I reached out and was given a sample to demo. The price of these normally is $30. That is about half what you would pay for Dominant strings.
As far as the look, they are all purple at the tail end which might fool some people into thinking they are the very high priced Peter Infeld strings. The wrapping is decent but nothing to boast about.
When installing the A strings stretched out quite a bit. While the D and G settled in pretty fast the A took a couple days of much peg turning. They had a bit of that metallic tone you get from synthetics for about a day but it went away fairly fast..
Now I usually go through each category and describe the tone, complexity, projection, etc. This review is going to be a bit different. I am just going to go over what I think people want to know. Does it resemble Dominants? I hate to say that it really does. The reason I say "I hate to" is because I did not expect it and I know many people reading it won't believe it. There are a lot of copies of Dominant type strings out there but these come the closest to it. They have a pinch more clarity to them but I would just describe it as taking the grit off and is more of a positive than a negative in my book. I will still give these neutral across the board for their rating. They have a similar feel being very stretchy and they don't project anymore than my instrument does on it's own with other neutral strings. It's a nice balance between clear and rich.
I do have to give these a glowing rating. When I purchased my violin it had Dominants on them. This feels like the violin I originally picked up years ago and if I am ever wanting that sound I will most likely pick these for their fair price and great tone. These strings do live up to the hype they are given.
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