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Strings to tone down a bright fiddle, without losing power.

18 December 2014 - 11:10 PM

I've got a bright fiddle that Is strung with Larsens. I like the sound and it's good for jam sessions that are very loud. It is however, as I said, quite bright sounding. After reading discussions here and having lots of friends who like Helicores, I recently strung it with heavy helicores and although I enjoyed the less shrill sound, I didn't like the response of the strings which seemed like a lot of work with the bow on this particular violin. I'm sure many violins just sing with Helicores but this one doesn't. It was even worse with Helicore medium guage.


Does anyone have an experienced suggestion of other strings to try for a darker sound without losing power or quick response?


Thanks for any suggestions.

E string suggestions?

12 December 2014 - 12:25 PM

I tried a Lenzer and Gold label and they both sounded thin. I put on a Larsen E (which I think is a little heavier) and it improved quite a lot. Wondering if I can improve it even more. The violin is a good German shop instrument from the '5os. It a little heavy but still powerful and alive with good low end. Any e string suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

Easy simple inexpensive harmony writing software?

29 July 2014 - 09:21 PM

Can anyone recommend any easy simple inexpensive harmony writing software?

I have a project where I can experiment writing a few parts and thought I might take the plunge.

Any advice appreciated.

Thank you!

Bending thumb on bow hand

24 June 2014 - 03:22 PM

I think I discovered a slightly better tone by bending my thumb more...say from 1/3 to closer to but not actually 1/2.  Am I imagining things or are there some physics at work here?


Historical Makers of the British Isles ...new page on facebook

14 May 2014 - 07:06 PM