Looking for Viola String Recommendations
I recently purchased a viola. The strings on it are old and need to be changed anyhow (I have no clue what strings they are) but do not know where to start. I play violin and always wanted to try viola as well so this is a bit of new and fun territory for me.
What would people recommend as a good string to use as a baseline to start with while I’m getting use to its sound? As I play it more I’ll have a better idea of what my violas characteristics are and can determine another string choice later if need be. I just need a place to start!
Any cheap synthetics e.g Tonica, Dominant, Pro Arte, Zyex, Karneol, Ametyst, etc, are all good choices.
I have had positive experience with Warchal Karneol (short length) and Cantiga (light) on my 15.2' viola with vsl of 360mm.
Thank you both for your replies!
I have 2 16" violas (375mm vibrating string length). I started them both (40 and 20 years ago respectively) with Thomastik Dominant strings. Both violas were pretty good with those strings (medium gauge) although I did mage adjustments and changes over the years.
Warchal Karneol is a great choice for smaller violas under 16".
Just as with the violin, Dominant is a good "neutral" string to start with.
Personally, I use a Kaplan Amo C, Obligato G & D and a Larsen A on my 15.5" viola. If you want a rich C string, go for the Kaplan or even the Dominant. The Obligato G String is rich, now that it's broken in for me, very responsive whereas the D is relatively neutral. As for the Larsen A - it's really bright and projecting.
When we were viola shopping last year, Dominant C-G-D with Larsen A seemed to be the most common setup we would see. Not that it's anyone's favorite but I guess since it's such a known quantity it helps reduce one variable a bit when comparing instruments.
Thank you again everyone! Very useful replies!!!