Recently, I acquired a 15.5” viola made in 2014 by David Yale, an American luthier. The viola came with a full set of Pirastro Obligatos. I am likely change the A & C string, but thought that before I do so, I might as well review them!
A String: Very responsive, but also bright. The peak of this string (for me) was playing the cadenza in Cecil Forsyth’s Viola Concerto, as well as the ending. It’s perfect if you play in a high position a lot of the time, although the thinness of the string may hurt the tips of your fingers a bit. The brightness that the strings produce is too much for my viola, thus I probably will switch to an A string that’s more neutral (would love to take suggestions).
D String: Again, very responsive and the tone is neutral. It really doesn’t alter the tone of the Viola but is rather neutral.
G String: You’re getting less responsive here. This is where the string starts to sound darker and have a deeper tone, but I found that I needed to pull more to get a fuller tone, unlike with a Zyex set on my other viola.
C String: It is necessary to apply more pressure to get a louder tone. I have a love/hate relationship with this string because the dark and mellow C string sounds awesome, but when I shift to 3rd & 4th position on this string, the loudness of it decreases significantly, unlike any other C String I’ve used. Probably will swap out for a Dominant or Peter Infield C here, as I’ve loved the responsiveness of both, and I am sure that both would still have the dark, but projecting sound I’m looking for.
Overall, I’m now a huge fan of these strings, and these will probably be my go-to’s for the G & D, and maybe, just maybe, the C string (if it ever kicks in).Tweet
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