To All following this thread:
If you are still in the earlier stages of learning an instrument, the best use of your time is to play. Play again. Then, play some more. Getting caught up in the intricacies and minutiae of strings is not in your best interest as a violinist. Especially if you are a beginner and playing on a high quality of instrument as the Damiano. The Damiano is way ahead of where you’re at right now, and that’s a good thing. Enjoy your time with it and grow into its possibilities. As your technique and ear develop, you may want to explore and change things. Until then, don’t waste time getting carried away in the small things. Play. Practice. Learn. Love.
Besides, Michael would never put on a bad set of strings. He wants you to hear how great of a violin you have in your hands. 🙂