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Part of the reason might be that you have a poor quality violin. There should be a resonant frequency of the air inside the violin body that is close to the frequency of the open D string, but if it is too close you will get the effect you described, especially if the body of the violin is not very resonant or the body resonant frequency is too high. See ...


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As I've said in the comments, open strings are generally a little louder than they would be if they had fingers on them. The fact that you say your G string is actually quite than the D string makes me wonder if the strings are the same brand. Another thing to take into account is string gauge, or how thick or thin they are. Usually, people go with ...


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Whatever you do, leave as many strings on the instrument as possible. Taking too many off can cause your post to collapse, and then you have to pay to have someone reach in there and give a post adjustment. That really stinks. I think it should be ok as long as you are careful not to joggle it too much and are quick in getting the next string. As to why ...


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Seemingly oddd question! I guess they'll both sound and play about the same, and if it's mainly for home practice, colour shouldn't be an issue. One of the reasons solid colour are cheaper is that the wood doesn't have to be bookmatched, or even have a nice grain pattern - it's been painted over. That may very slightly affect the sound, but for practice ...



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