Thomastik Dominant, or simply called Dominant strings possess a warm, round sound quality, are extremely durable, and have a fast, easy response; usually right from the moment you put them on your instrument. This has made them one of the most popular strings for almost every violinist and violist, intermediate level to professional. Many teachers recommend them to their students over brighter steel strings because of the warmth and depth of the sound they generate.
This set features a Tin E, an easy playing E string with an excellent balance of brilliance and warmth. It’s extremely well-matched with the standard Dominant A/D/G strings and it’s highly durable.
String Type: Set
E String: Carbon steel core, Tin Plated, Removable ball End
A String: Aluminum wound over a perlon core
D String: Aluminum wound over a perlon core
G String: Silver wound over a perlon core
String Tonal Profile:
Please inspect your strings immediately upon receipt. Installed strings are not returnable unless they break within the first 30 days after purchase.
30-Day String Return Policy
Unopened strings may be returned within 30 days so that we may supply all our customers with the freshest possible strings. Because of tonal qualities of each instrument are unique we cannot accept string returns for reasons of tone including false strings.
If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at email@example.com
In 1919 violin maker Dr. Franz Thomastik and civil engineering specialist Otto Infeld founded the company, invented the steel string and caused a revolution in the music world. Suddenly the conventional gut string was challenged by a new string with the highest quality of tone, precision and reliability. It was received enthusiastically by virtuosi across the world.
The string makes the music. The diversity and beauty of the musical timbre depend upon, on the one hand, the type of material used for the core and on the other hand, the material spun around the core. For a perfect sound, Thomastik-Infeld has consistently chosen steel and nylon as the string core material for bowed and plucked instruments.
The highest standards are guaranteed by ongoing research in Thomstik-Infeld's own research lab engaging a team of highly specialized technicians. However, tone perfection is achieved primarily by the delicate touch of fingers and the highly qualified staff in the workshops: Every string at Thomastik-Infeld is wound and checked by hand.
The lower tension of the Dominant strings is best for my very old German violin. The sound output is clear, ringing and pleasant.
I haven't transferred to the Dominant E string yet. Been too busy.
I have used Thomastik Dominants almost exclusively for the past 20+ years (with occasional exceptions - trying out something different, only to go right back to Dominants). I truly love Dominants. That changed this past year. I put a new set on my violin last summer, and within a couple months of light playing, all the strings began to sound scratchy. This also happened to one of my students. She has a Shar violin (Danube) and the combination has been terrible. Most students who are at lower intermediate levels can get a good year out of a single set of strings (lessons only, no orchestra or ensemble). Yet, within about 6 months, her strings have become unbearably scratchy. I feel terrible and I will not be purchasing (or recommending) Dominants from Shar again.
I’ve recently purchased a beautiful antique French violin, and it came with Evah Pirazzi strings. My older German violin has always had Dominant G, D, and A strings with a pirastro eudoxa E string. Many of my fellow musicians urged me to try the Evah Pirazzi strings on my German instrument. At just over $100 a set. I thought they must certainly be an improvement. The sound was thin and unresponsive. I switched back to my older set of Doninants. It is proof positive that each instrument is unique. You must experiment with many high end sets to find the right balance for your instrument. Cost is not relative to quality.