trumpet player in the steep curve of learning violin
I am a beginner/intermediate violin player (~2 years; starting Suzuki 5), but am a music teacher. Trumpet is my first instrument. I'm playing on a Carlo Lamberti Master Series Guarneri (Shar) and Seifert bow (Shar). Both are intermediate equipment, but I like them very much.
I played on Thomastik Dominants for about a year, but the 'A' string usually unraveled after about 2-3 months. Too much pressure? Sweat chemicals?
A local luthier recommended Tonica strings. I tried them for about 3 weeks, but I found it difficult to get the fundamental of each string to sound. They were not as 'meaty' as the Dominants.
Put the Helicore on September 25th, so after three weeks of playing, here's what I found. They are steel core so they're harder to tune; small peg changes=big pitch changes. On the other hand, they broke in much more quickly than the Tonicas and they hold their pitch better.
The tone is warmer, more pleasant and more even between strings than both the Dominants and the Tonicas, even though the Shar chart and reviewers predict them to be bright. I still get a scratchy sound on the 'G' string, but I suspect that is my fault. My violin teacher, from the local orchestra, tried them on his vintage instrument about a year ago. I believe he didn't like the tone, difficult tuning and thought they felt "squishy". I think he's back on Thomastik Dominants.
These D'Addario Helicore strings are inexpensive. If these strings don't break or unravel within 3 months, they will become my string of choice for awhile.