Evah Pirazzi vs. Kaplan Vivo? So Similar!
I know I've been asking a few string questions this last week or two, however I promise this this will be my last!
With a big performance quickly approaching, I am down to two string options after conducting lots of research and speaking to many of you here.
I have a tough time deciding between evahs and vivos: partly because they are similar: as both manufacturers recommend you switch from the latter to theirs.
Can anyone offer crucial points on sound, projection, complexity, durability, and fell (under fingers) of these two products?
Thank-you all very much. This will be my last string post!
I would avoid Evah Pirazzis (the regular "green" EPs, as opposed to the Golds) for concerto performances. As a friend of mine once put it, "they sound like a trumpet". Loud under the ear, but not complex, which means that they don't carry well over an orchestra -- projection is much less impressive than you'd think. If you want more projection, use the EP Golds.
I suppose it's each players own opinion on the strings. I mean, we can technically compare the Green EP to the Kaplan Vivo and the Gold EP to the Kaplan Amo.
Don’t limit yourself by saying it’s your last string question. Chatting about strings takes up a good portion of the forum here.
I do like both EPG and Kaplan Amo; they work well for my instrument. After it was brought up in the other thread, I went to visit my local shop and got a couple sets of Thomastik Rondo. It's a very appealing alternative to all these "fuzzy texture power" strings. :)
I would use EP Green Weich over EP Gold, simply because of the lower tension. Of course it's OK to disagree.
Vivo's are brilliant sounding, but they do not lack complexity. They are more powerful than Evah Green.
I would suggest Kaplan Vivo are NOT similar. I wouldn't even place them on speaking terms. I took mine off after 3 days because of the rough, guitar string like, texture. If you are unsure, I would stick with Dominants, as they work on many violins and you know what to expect. I wouldn't experiment before a big performance.
@ Jeff Are you referring to the Vivo's I guess?
You just never have any idea how strings are going to work on your particular violin. Descriptions and reviews can get you general characteristics, but how that manifests on your particular instrument is pretty much a crapshoot.
So which are more complex and can carry over an orchestra? Thanks for the information
Factors in projection, in concerto situations, most important to least important: