Thomastik Dominant Viola String Set Medium Gauge Review

A viola’s strings need replacements after they wear out. However, finding viola strings whose responsiveness is similar to your viola’s original strings can be a daunting task. Just like you, I faced this challenge until I purchased Thomastik Dominant's 16.5-inch medium gauge viola strings set. Herein is my experience from using the string set.

Things to Consider before Buying Viola Strings

The market offers multiple strings that differ depending on quality, responsiveness, volume, as well as pitch stability. Therefore, if you want to pick the right strings from the vast selection, I would suggest that you inspect them for defects before buying.

Besides inspecting the viola string set, you also need to ask a viola expert to recommend the right type of strings for your viola since different strings react differently when used on various brands of viola 

The Thomastik Dominant up to 16.5" 

Dominant up to 16.5-inch viola string set is manufactured by Thomastik- Infeld Vienna, a well-known company in the manufacture of musical strings. Thomastik’s medium gauge string set is designed from synthetic perlon, a material that produces high quality sound.

The string set contains silver/ Perlon C, all ball- end aluminum/ Perlon A, silver/perlon G, and aluminum/perlon D strings. They are intended for violas with a length of up to 16.5 inches.

  • Thomastik’s dominant string set stabilizes quickly after installation
  • They are durable
  • Produce a more vibrant and fuller tone.
  • The strings are used and recommended by many professional and student violists
  • The string’s pitch cannot be affected by weather changes.
  • The string set is intended for full sized violas.
  • They are quite expensive than most medium gauge string sets
  • The strings feel thick under fingers.

Features and Benefits

Tone quality

Thomastik Dominant Viola String Set Medium

Thomastik's Dominant viola string set is designed from nylon, a synthetic material that delivers a rich and warm tone. In addition to producing the rich, warm sound, the perlon strings also produce a broad spectrum of tone colors, and they support more tonal effects as compared to steel core strings. In my opinion, this feature makes the strings an excellent option for both professional and violist violists.

Durability

In regards to strength, I would say that Thomastik dominant up to 16.5" viola string set medium gauge, is more durable than sheep gut strings. The durability saves you from the hassle of replacing strings after every short use. As such, this string set would be an excellent option if you love playing your viola for extended periods.

Price

Despite the fact that Thomastik’s dominant up to 16.5 inches medium gauge viola string set is quite expensive, its excellent quality, responsiveness, and outstanding tone production negates the price. However, you may still find cheaper alternatives that have similar attributes.

Pitch stability

Thomastik’s dominant up to 16.5 inches medium gauge viola string stabilizes fairly quickly after installation. On the other hand, this synthetic strings’ pitch stability is not affected by unfavorable weather changes like humidity and temperature. I like this feature because it gives you the freedom to resume playing your viola almost immediately after you replace the worn out strings. Moreover, the weather-resistant strings let you enjoy playing your viola in any environmental setting.

Rating

Design

5

Performance

5

Construction

5

Value for the Money

4

User Satisfaction

4.5

Alternatives

Pirastro Evah Pirrazi Medium Gauge 

Pirastro Evah Pirrazi Medium Gauge

Evah Pirrazi medium gauge string set contains a silver/ synthetic G, tungsten- silver/synthetic C, all ball- end chrome steel/ steel A, and silver/synthetic D. It delivers a quick response and a brilliant sound quality. The viola string set is intended for 16.5 inches long violas, and it costs $102.25.

Comparison with Thomastik’s dominant 

  • Evah Pirrazi string set is more expensive.
  • Made of a synthetic core material to last.
  • Delivers a dynamic range.
  • Have a quick response

Jargar Jar- 4792 Medium 

Jargar Jar- 4792 Medium Viola Strings

Jargar Jar- 4792 medium viola string set would be an excellent option for violists who are on a tight budget. The full set contains chrome steel/steel G, chrome steel/steel D, chrome steel/ steel C, and chrome steel/steel A strings. Strings are intended for 16.5 inches long violas. Jargar Jar- 4792 costs $48.70.

Comparison with Thomastik’s dominant

  • Both come as a full set.
  • Jargar Jar- 4792 medium viola string set is less expensive than Thomastik’s dominant up to 16.5 inches medium gauge viola string.
  • Made of synthetic core to last long.
  • Have an excellent responsiveness.

Pirastro Obligato Viola String Set

Pirastro Obligato Viola String Set

Manufactured by Pirastro, this medium gauge string set contains an aluminum/synthetic D, silver/synthetic G, steel/ aluminum A, and Tungsten- silver/ synthetic C strings. The strings are intended for 16.5 inches long violas. A full set costs $ 105. 99.

Comparison with Thomastik’s dominant 

  • Pirastro obligato is more expensive than Thomastik’s dominant.
  • Have a quick response.
  • Made of a synthetic core to last long.

Final Thoughts

Thomastik's dominant viola string set comes with all four strings to let you replace your viola’s worn out strings. The strings are made from nylon, a synthetic material with a quick response, a full tone, and a stable pitch. It maintains an excellent pitch even when exposed to high humidity levels. Check out our best viola strings guide and reviews.

Stephanie Su
 

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