Opera Violin Strings Official Review April 2009, by Tommy
During my junior year in college, I took up the quest to find the best-sounding-lowest-priced-violin-strings. I tried many: Visions, Obligatos, Zyex, etc. And I found one: Opera Violin strings. I will attempt to describe and critique these strings in relation to the most popular strings on the market and in terms of richness (overtones), power (projection), durability (stability of pitch as well as length of usable playing time.), and cost.
My first impressions: The Opera Strings have the red and black threading of Pirazzis. The G string is silver wound and the D and A are aluminum wound. The strings look well made. They have a synthetic core similar to most violin strings.
Sound: *For an aesthetic aural calibration for readers, the worst strings that I have tried are Huayin and Red label strings (1/10) and the best are Pirazzis (10/10)
1. Richness: Opera Strings have a similar rich sound as Dominants. The G and D strings are very difficult to distinguish in appearance and sound from Dominants. The A strings is brighter sounding than Dominants. Overall richness: 8/10
2. Power: The sound projection is also similar to Dominants. They are not as powerful as Pirazzis. Unlike Red labels or Zyex strings, Opera strings will respond to different pressure and bow articulations. Overal power: 8/10
3. Durability: The first set that I tried lasted for a month. Unlike Pirazzis, these strings will not die after a two weeks. Overall durability: 8/10
4. Cost: At $16 for a set, they are the lowest priced, decent strings that I have found anywhere. Overall cost: 10/10
I would have trouble trying to tell the difference between Opera Strings and Dominants in a sound test. Because these strings are so affordable, I give these strings an 8/10.
Where to buy:
2. At my site: operastrings.webs.com