DOMINANT PRO® for violin

  • Exceptionally powerful
  • Good balance of brilliance and warmth
  • Broad range of sound colors
  • Supports the radiance of the instrument in the long term
  • Reacts immediately with a focused sound core 
  • A sound that fills the room
  • Bell-like tonal character 
  • High resistance to bow pressure
  • Suitable for soloists 
  • Very high level of dynamics (can be played very quietly and very loudly)

Ideally suited for

Orchestra players

Chamber musicians


The plain DOMINANT PRO® E-string NO.DP01 with a core of carbon steel is tin-plated. A protective layer of nickel is placed between the outer coating of tin and the steel core in order to increase the corrosion resistance compared with conventional tin-plated strings.

The string has a very good response, barely whistles, and is well-balanced in its brilliance and warmth. It supports the equilibrium with the A-string and promotes its capacity to carry sound. A specially developed wire treatment makes the sound soft enough that it does not have a screeching effect, and brilliant enough that it offers sufficient radiance, projection and resistance to bow pressure. Despite its small diameter, the string sounds broad and brilliant even without applying much pressure.

Technical Details

This gold-plated E-string generates a very warm, clear sound that simultaneously conveys brilliance. In addition, the string is extremely corrosion-resistant. In contrast to NO.DP01, the sound is as clear as a bell and the individual sound colors can be clearly and individually distinguished. Combined with its great capacity for projection, this allows it to assert itself very well in orchestras or in chamber music as required.

If the system as a whole (instrument, rosin, bow hair and bowing) has a tendency to whistle, NO.DP01AU may not be the ideal choice. In this case we recommend NO.DP01. As always, when using a fine tuner hook, it is crucial to make sure that it is always “deburred” (= the sharp edges are filed down), otherwise the string at the fine tuner end can break more easily than normal tin-plated strings.

Technical Details

Of all DOMINANT PRO® E-strings, NO.DP01PT has the greatest projection capacity. It combines the clarity of the gold-plated NO.DP01AU with the response of the tin-plated NO.DP01. Like NO.DP01AU, NO.DP01PT is also extremely corrosion-resistant, but has less of a tendency to whistle and offers more brilliance in comparison. Due to its outstanding projection capability and clarity, it can be unsuitable for sensitive ears.

As a result of its larger diameter (0.268 mm as opposed to NO.DP01 and NO.DP01AU with 0.265 mm), NO.DP01PT offers more resistance to bow pressure and is also better suited to a very low string action. When using a fine tuner with NO.DP01PT, make sure that the sharp edges are rounded down.

Technical Details

In comparison to the other E-strings, NO.DP01SN has a smaller diameter and is therefore ideally suited to instruments with a normal or high string action. In comparison to the standard NO.DP01, NO.DP01SN is not underlaid with nickel and is therefore somewhat more susceptible to corrosion. Thanks to a thicker layer of tin, however, it sounds warmer than NO.DP01 and much warmer than NO.DP01AU and NO.DP01PT.

It also has the lowest string tension of all DOMINANT PRO® E-strings, which means that almost no strain is exerted on the instruments and they can be greatly opened in terms of sound. This leads to a good bow response and also promotes the instrument’s radiance. Its low string tension means that it has the lowest resistance to bow pressure of all the DOMINANT PRO® E-strings.

Technical Details

The DOMINANT PRO® A-string NO.DP02 with aluminum winding was designed to have more tonal core and energy in the sound foundation. Its metallic component is slightly lower, but it still projects sound beautifully and also responds very well in pianopianissimo (ppp) with a consistently high capacity for modulation.

The string is very colorful, possesses a good balance between brilliance and warmth, an excellent response as well as good resistance to bow pressure. The NO.DP02 sounds even broader and more richly colored when combined with the E-string NO.DP01.

Technical Details

As a result of its small diameter, NO.DP02B responds much faster than NO.DP02. Due to the steel core, the string achieves pitch stability immediately after being strung and offers a very high level of resistance to bow pressure. The chrome winding makes it extremely corrosion-resistant and bestows the string with a particularly long lifespan. It also reduces buzz tones (= small wolf tone).

It has a higher dynamic range than NO.DP02, however, it also features a decreased tonal modulation capacity, which is a typical characteristic of a steel string. After a break-in period of around five hours, NO.DP02B becomes a touch more brilliant and open. This supports the brilliance of the E-string, but can also induce whistling in sensitive Estrings such as NO.DP01AU or NO.DP01PT.

Technical Details

With the help of a novel silver alloy, we were able to combine the advantages of a silver string with those of an aluminum string in the DOMINANT PRO® NO.DP03A, while also eliminating their drawbacks. Thus, the DOMINANT PRO® D-string offers a very refined bow noise, brilliance and pronounced sound color with a good deal of modulation capacity. This combination guarantees an ideal ability to sustain sound and projection in halls.

Unlike conventional silver D-strings, it has a more direct bow response and does a better job of suppressing wolf tones in combination with the new G-string. The diameter is somewhat smaller than that of a synthetic A-string. This makes the string pleasant to play and means that it feels at once both supple and resilient beneath the left and right hand.

Technical Details

For musicians who prefer a larger D-string diameter, the aluminum-wound NO.DP03 offers an alternative to the smaller NO.DP03A. The diameter lies between that of the DOMINANT PRO® A- and G-string. The sound characteristics are similar to the silver-wound NO.DP03A; however, the bow noise is coarser, the response more direct, and brilliance and projection capacity are increased. The decision swings somewhat more in favor of NO.DP03 if the feel of a thicker string is preferred.

Technical Details

The DOMINANT PRO® G-string NO.DP04 has a very low metallic component, less bow noise, and a more direct response. It is a good fit for the majority of new and old instruments and is ideally suited for soloists, chamber musicians, and use in orchestras.

Due to the slightly increased string tension it also offers increased resistance to bow pressure without putting too much strain on the instrument. The new string feels soft beneath the fingers but stands out with its high resistance to bow pressure with an extreme capacity to sustain sound and outstanding radiance.

Technical Details

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Immediately after stringing, the string set sounds bell-like and fills the room. In the first three to five hours of playing, the strings feel a touch softer and sound a little warmer than they do for the rest of their lifespan. Then the strings open up, sound more brilliant and open, and feel a little tighter beneath the fingers. The bell-like sound that fills the room decreases slightly in the last third of the strings’ life and they sound more direct – from this point on, the tonal character of the strings barely changes.


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