Questions: EP Green vs EP Gold
I haven't had much experience with EP Green. had a set on a few years ago and they didn't work with that fiddle very well, but I've got different fiddles now.
Are EP Green: a bit warmer, higher tension, louder, longer lasting than EP Gold?
also (sneaking different questions into the same thread) what would be a less expensive Warchal alternative (aside from Karneol) to the above, throwing PI's into the question.
any input very much appreciated. Thank you.
You might find some answers here
Thank you, Roger. yes, I did find that very helpful. enough to decide that I am not going to venture into the Green, but stick with the Gold.
My opinion won't be popular in these forums, but I feel the EP green are great for what their purpose is, and of the two sets, is the one that allows for a lighter tension variant (which really amounts to medium, as the true mittel is a bit high tension.) The EP Gold come in only that "Medium" flavor, whether your violin likes it or not.
The same site has a tension chart, which is very useful for finding alternative with similar tension.
Adalberto: I just don't like tension as low as Karneols, or whatever it is that makes them so bouncy. are you saying then, that Brilliant Vintage is lower tension than Brilliant? Sorry, I can't seem to link to the tension chart right now. just how brilliant are the Brilliants. What other string could you compare them to. EP green or Gold or PI's or any thing else?
I think Adalberto means Evah greens in light tension.
thanks for clearing that up, Andrew. Green lights never occurred to me. Less brilliant and more colorful with less tension. I don't think either me or my violin could handle the mediums, but the lights sound very intriguing.
I've only used mediums on my violin and viola several years ago. On viola, I found the gold a little more strident than green.I found the lights to be fantastic on my bass with great pizz sustain and easy bowing with much easier playing that allowed me more hours prior to fatigue. I now play Kaplan AMO on vln vla.
The regular Evahs (Greens) are higher-tension, louder, and less complex than EP Golds. However, despite their loudness under the ear, the lack of richness means that they seem to project less well than Golds, at least in my experience.
Lydia: I agree with your assessment of green vs gold.
I generally agree with Lydia on the Evah Golds vs Greens, although I find that the Evah Greens project better than the Gold. Otherwise, I prefer the Golds (although I choose to play neither set).
I prefer the Warchal Amber E, so I use it with the BVs. The Avantgarde A string blends nicely with the BVs, also. (And in general, the Amber E, Avantgarde A work well with a variety of D and G strings, on my violin.)
+1 on amber e
Dave Snow said "What do you think of the WBV and/or the WB E strings?"
Dougals: thanks for answering that Question. I'm not completely sold on the Amber E. I've got one on top the fridge, along with a few other E's and other miscellaneous strings. but as per your post, looks like I'm doing some E trials with the WBV.
For me when it comes to Evah Pirazzi Green vs Gold, it would be the green, hands down. On different violins I found them to be slightly more projecting and powerful, and since they have more "edge" than the Gold, they seemed to be a little richer. Now they could feel stiffer than the golds but I got they impression that they are slightly thinner so, again, I prefer them. Plus they could be pushed harder than the golds. I still believe that they need to be pushed hard to deliver their best though, and if you can handle their loss of their initial sparkle after a few weeks, they remain consistent for a long time. However, as Douglas said the A sometimes has some issues on the nut, but that could be a missmatch of tension and instrument. Some people have used the weich gauge and it was a different experience.
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