August 1, 2016 at 5:29 am #17400
Who else in here has bought a Damiano violin from Michael? I look forward to hear about your experiences and it would be great if you can do a YouTube video review of it! Play a favorite tune! How does it compare to your previous violin? Thoughts?August 2, 2016 at 2:19 am #17410
I would love to hear the reviews….I am considering trying one during the sale that is going on currently, though I just purchased a violin about 5 weeks ago….August 2, 2016 at 6:21 am #17413
I just got my Damiano today! Here are some photos!August 6, 2016 at 3:05 am #17481
Thanks for posting the photos. It is gorgeous!August 6, 2016 at 8:17 pm #17492
…….Aaaaaand I just ordered a Damiano from Michael today. Will be getting it in less than 4 days! I was able to return the violin I bought previously from another vendor!August 6, 2016 at 8:45 pm #17494
Hi Westley, it’s good to see you on the forums as well as Facebook. Are you a Damiano owner, or interested to see what everyone else’s experiences have been so far? Perhaps I could help with more information, if you’re interested?
Personally, I own a 5-string Damiano. I use it for some performance, but chose it primarily because it allows me to teach both violin and viola students without needing to have two separate instruments with me. Such a rich sound across the whole spectrum. I can only imagine the experience to be the same with the 4-string violin as well. I’m currently working on a video for Michael to demonstrate its sound and capabilities.
Violin & Viola Teacher – Violin Tutor ProAugust 7, 2016 at 5:34 am #17507
Hi Scott, I’m a Damiano owner, at least on trial now. Finally got the strings to stay in tune with the help of winding/unwinding the strings, peg dope and peg drops. Phew!
With that said, it has some rich qualities and overtones. The strings seem to ring quite a while, especially the Fifths? The D on the A string for example. I’m just curious what are the other players experience.
My concern at the moment is that the bow I was shipped with, the carmela pietro bow, was a little bit light. Any idea what the weight of that bow is? I tried a bow recently at a store, and it weighed 62.6 grams. That felt like a nice heavier bow.
Additionally, the E string seems quite a bit more.. shrill perhaps? Any way to fix it? It’s in tune tho. I forgot what strings they were shipped in, but they’re supposed to be new.
WestleyAugust 7, 2016 at 6:01 am #17508
Westley – A violin bow weight typically averages around 60 grams (+/- a couple grams). As each bow, even of the same type, will vary slightly, I cannot comment on the weight of the Pietro you currently have. Are you experiencing issues with getting the bow to track properly, or trouble bringing out tone in all of the strings?
As for the strings, Damianos are typically setup with a complete set of Thomastik Dominant strings. This is most likely what you have. If you like, you can check this link to verify the string type using peg and ball-end color identifiers: http://www.violinstringreview.com/string-color-id.html
The G, D, and A Dominant strings are fairly universally loved, though will remain somewhat bright and metallic for a week or so. I would encourage you not to make any definitive judgements on the instrument’s overall tone until the strings settle in properly. Give it at least 1-2 weeks to allow it to open up all the way. Dominants tend to mellow out into a beautiful, round tone. As for the Dominant E string, many do take issue with it being a bit harsher tone compared with the rest of the set. It’s commonly replaced with another single E string. You may find a Hill Medium or Pirastro Gold E strings to be a good match to the set. I currently have a Hill medium on my 5-string Damiano. The Warchal Amber E is another unique choice that would compliment the livelier qualities of the instrument.
August 7, 2016 at 6:47 am #17511
- This reply was modified 1 year, 4 months ago by Scott Adams.
Wow thanks, I didn’t know about the string coloring that way! Insightful indeed! I think these are the Tomastik Dominant strings, correct? Is the E, Tin plated? Or is it light? I’ve attached the image of my strings below.
I will definitely give it some time for the strings to “open up”. As for the E string, do you suggest getting a ball end or loop end? I see both recommendations having that option.
Many thanks again for the recommendations!August 7, 2016 at 6:56 am #17512
Oh as for the bow, the heavier bow seems to prevent bow bouncing more, at least when I tried it. Not sure if that’s the reason tho. When I play open strings sometimes I feel like the bow trembles or bounces. Not so much With the heavier bow?
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