string problems for fiddlers.
You’ve got a decent fiddle and you know it, but it sounds weak on the bottom end and harsh, not sweet on the top end notes.Why? Could well be your choice of strings, or string combination.
Trad.Music suits a perlon covered in steel string best, so there’s the "warmth of tomne, yet with the great "grip" of your bow. This is esentailly a fake gut string , covered in steel to get bow traction, so you get the best of both worlds. The brand "Dominant" seem popular, but I’d avoid them, as the tome can end up weak and insipid. A better one is "Ositnato’s", just a little more expensive but way better.Sound better and last longer.
Now some older violins need a strange mixture, as they need a different top E, due to harshnest and "whistling" problems. Get a Kaplan E to sort this out.
If you are a really good "lead " player, I would suggest (if your violin can take it- most can) Evah Pirrazi’s. I run on these personally, on my favourite violin. Very expensive, compared to other string sets , but cheap in the long run (don’t talk to cellists - thier lowest decent string is more than you whole set!). Evah Pirazzi’s are a fully metal string - powerful, vibrant, yet sweet, and last brilliantly. Mine have been on my favourite violin ( I have 4 others) for 3 years, played to death and still sounding and performing wonderfully. The tuning stabilises fast and they stay in tune really well too.
My flod and classical friend put them on her violin at my recommendation and absolutley loves them, byut the E string didn’t suit her violin. Kaplan E sorted it!
Pirastro make a real gut string core , with steel windings, butthey are very expensive indeed.Sound great, very soft and rich, with an incredible warm tone overall , especailly in the mid range. However, there is a lovely old aunthenticity to the sound they produce, and if your vioin sound harsh overall , this could be your answer.
In short experiment. try other people’s violins if they will let you - I would! Ask other people what has worked for them, but be aware your violin may have very different playing characteristics to thiers. That’s the joy and bane of being an owner of a fiddle - endlessly obsessing about strings, bows , rosin etc.