Warchal Brilliant Vintage review
I just strung them up and played them for about 10 minutes. my very first impression is that I like them, and I think I'm gonna really like them. I think I may have been able to go with Brilliants, but the Vintage feel good and perhaps the lighter tension will be better for me for long hours of busking. they don't feel like they're 'too low' tension and just a bit of getting used to.
as for sound, I think I'd hafta say warm/bright with lots of color and some nice ring (but not too ringy) in general warmer than the EPG I took off but I like that also. I can hear some sizzle, but not near as much as my paranoia thought there might be, and sounds nice to have a bit of sparkle.
I left the EPG steel E on, and it seems to go great, matching the volume and warmth of the Vintage.
I'm going to leave the EPG w/silver G on my other fiddle. Someday over the rainbow I may try the Brillants.
Likely have more to say later.
Thank You Mr. Warchal
IMO you can't go wrong with any of the Warchal strings.
after my initial enthusiasm wore off, I began to notice the negatives, which out weighed the positives, which was largely the tension thing. among other things, I found it extremely difficult to do double-stop shuffle type bowing. so... the EPG are back on.
If I recall correctly, the company has explained that Warchal brilliant vintage with its lower tension was ideally for violins that weren't constructed for higher tension common nowadays, usually therefor for older violins.
I totally agree with your post. However, I'm not going to risk trying a set of the higher tension Brilliants.
Do you own a vintage violin? If not, why would you put Warchal vintage strings on it? Any violin made after 1900 or so would probably do best with the standard "brillant" set.
Warchal's marketing between the Brilliant and BVs is pretty clear, I think -- the BVs are intended to be used on older instruments that benefit from less tension.
at Erik Williams: why did I put Vintage on a new student instrument? just stupid I guess. I was afraid they might be too elastic and Lo & behold, they were. the only excuse I can think of, is at the time I had injured my hand and I thought they might be easier to play on...nope.
A full set of Warchal Amber is also a good choice, if you like a soft feeling string that produces a warm but brilliant sound.
Im triying the Warchal Brilliant (not the Vintage) now. They've been on since yesterday and still settling but so far I'm very pleasantly surprised. The feel is great, the way with which they response to the bow...very discernable advantages even to someone like me not really qualified to judge per se. As for tone too early to tell, but I can hear a smooth yet also broad enveloping sound.
I also just tried the regular brilliants. Very, very physically thick strings, almost like mini cello strings.
"They are quite dark in their core tone, with a shimmer of brilliance on top of that core"