QUOTE(owainsutton @ Jan 24 2012, 09:11 PM)
This thread is tempting me into experimenting once again! There was a time when I'd wear out an E string in a month or two, and the others in three, and at that time I had access to an endless source of strings on an "I'd like your opinion on them" basis
However, I've stuck with Dominants for the past *ahem* years, because nothing I tried back then was anything as durable, with the exception of an Oliv Gold E. If people can vouch for an increased longevity of the competition, I might go wild and get something different...
There's nowt wrong with Dominants, so if you're happy with them I'd probably stick with them unless some freebies come your way. People seem to turn their noses up at Dominants on here, but they are (as you know) perfectly decent strings. You're experienced/advanced enough that if you haven't found something you prefer already then you probably wont - unless there are some of the newer strings (e.g. Evahs) which you haven't tried.
I sometimes wonder how many people read this forum and then feel that they have to go out and (unecessarily) buy really expensive strings because of what gets said on here.
I'm not saying that people shouldn't buy the strings which they feel best suit their violin and their playing - and I know that they can make a significant difference for more advanced players - but for beginner and intermediate players improving technique makes far more difference to tone etc than does changing to expensive strings. Dominants are good, reliable workhorse strings which are suitable well beyond grade 8. As a grade 6-ish standard player, deficencies in technique etc are by far the biggest limiting factor for my sound and tone. My Corelli Crystal strings do a perfectly good job and buying 'better' strings wouldn't make any significant difference to the sound of my playing because my lack of ability is the biggest factor.
For what it's worth, I personally am not convinced by Obligatos. I haven't tried them on my violin, but I have played violins which have been strung with Obligatos and I didn't like how they felt under my fingers.
That said, I wouldn't mind trying Eudoxas at some point...