Vision Strings (again)
It's a string set I have not yet used (though I have used many others), and I was wondering if I should give them a try
I would especially appreciate any info comparing them to the other Vision models, since I have used in Titanium Solo and Titanium Orchestra in the past. (I found them significantly brighter than the Dominant, like the PI in my instruments). I did not like their so bright character but I was a huge fun of their feel under the left hand and their playability and that's the main reason I am considering the original Vision set..So is there any chance the regular visions could be less bright and not with that metallic edge (that was apparent in the A string of both sets)
As I said before I liked the behaviour of T. Solo and Orchestra but the tone they gave in my instruments was like I had wiped out the low end of the sound.
Other major brands and models I have used are the Evah Pirazzi (both Green and Gold), Obligato, Violino, Tonica and Corelli Crystal (and the TI models I mentioned before, the two Titanium sets, Dominant and PI). Tonewise, I prefered the Dominants and the EP green, but as I said the playability of the Titaniums was great...
1. Could they be like the Titanium lines but less aggressive?
2. Are they supposed to be a lot brighter than the Dominant or its not a big deal? (TI say they are brighter in their charts, but is this so noticeable? )
3. I would like it if they would receive more bow pressure than the Dominant. I would go with Evah Pirazzi, but I sincerely do not like the price (though I love the strings). Could that be true?
PS 1 I know that every violin gives a different result, I am not asking for "predictions" of what would happen etc etc. I just want to hear about other people's opinion on the matter, especially those of you who have compared the regular Vision with any other brand I've mentioned before
PS 2 I also know there is a Vision discussion in the forum but unfortunately it's archived.
my violin works well with dominants, titanium solo is too bright under my ear. vison solos are one of my favorites. more life than dominants, but not a bridht string. try them
I use Visions for all four violin strings and 3 of 4 viola strings and love them. Just a heads up: they will sound harsh and tinny straight out of the package. Don't give up on them too quickly. In my experience the violin strings may take up to a week to lose that metallic edge, and the viola strings take about 10 days on my viola. After that they sound wonderful on both instruments -- this is why I still use them! But the long break-in time means new Visions are unsuitable for use as emergency backup strings.
They also seem very durable to me. Peter Infields and Visions seem to last and retain their sound the the longest. I like the Titanium Solo the best on a somewhat dark sounding violin and P.I. on a brighter instrument.
Warchal Ametyst May be worth a try. They are quite affordable, have a bright, yet colorful sound.
@Arnie, thanks for the info I could check them in the future
Try them and see what happens. They may work great with your instrument -- or maybe not -- since different fiddles will deliver different responses. I'm not sure at the moment whether my 1883 instrument, which I purchased in 2005, came with Vision Regular or Vision Titanium; but, as I recall, it was one of these. The instrument's basic sound is dark, and these strings did justice to it -- at least for me. I've since darkened the sound still more with Eudoxa stiff D-G and Passione regular A.
I have used Thomastik Vision Solo strings (not "Ti solo" although I have used them too - actually since 1970 I've tried very many of the synthetic-core strings, and before that all the Pirastro gut-core strings).
I wouldn't say that Visions are a lot brighter than Dominants; I'd say rather that they have a more complex sound, more 3-dimensional if you know what I mean. Just more going on in the core of the sound.
On a variety of violins and violas, I’ve found the regular Visions to sound clean and focused, first and foremost, but without the complexity of the other Vision varieties, and with the complexity of even Dominants. Compared to Dominants, they certainly have a more focused sound, and also less full. That’s my experience.
I recommend the Ametyst because of left hand feel and my own pleasant experience with them (and they’re only like $35 a set)
@ Jim, I remember that the metallic edge disappeared in the PIs and in Dominant. However it somehow remained in the A of the V Ti Solo...I only gave it two weeks of about 4-5 playing hours a day to be honest...