Q: I have a 5-string violin that I recently purchased
and I agree that the C is too floppy. It is too loose to get any
Is it possible to use a higher tension string?
I just went to some heavy tension Dominant strings for my
Wilkanowski 4 string violin, love the new sound. I also use heavy
strings on my Andersen mandolin. The heavy strings really sound
A: You can raise the pitch of a string by shortening
it, tightening it, or decreasing its mass. You can lower the pitch
of a string by lengthening it, loosening it, or increasing its mass.
A violin scale length is just too short, and the body is too small, to
produce a great C. To each his own, but I like D'Addario Zyex mediums
for the top four strings and a medium scale medium Zyex viola C.
Helicores sound very good but they are harder to play in tune. Somehow
the PEET Core (think tougher nylon) is more forgiving. I have also
been happy with medium Dominants. I haven't tried heavys.
I worry about the extra tension on a violin that already has the
pull of an extra string. Heavys are louder but produce fewer overtones.
Sometimes that's just the ticket. Sometimes not. The heaviest string
you can buy is the Super Sensitive. They sound bad on most violins,
but I have heard them bring a boxy old violin to life. I hope to
see your five string at Winfield this year.