Evah Pirazzi Golds and Obligatos - easy to play?
I was wondering how easy to play or responsive are Evah Golds and Obligatos compared to Evah Pirazzis (especially for someone who has played violin for one year)? I think Evah Pirazzis are little bit too loud and bright to me, but I like that how easy they are to play. I prefer more warm sound and sound of gut strings. So, which strings are the best for me? :)
I’ve not used EP golds, but I’ve used obligato sand regular Evahs. I would say that obligato are easier to play with because they are a lot lower tension than Evahs, but Evah are a lot louder and more responsive . Also, obligato strings sound absolutely hideous until they break in.
It's odd that you say you prefer a gut sound, because the green Evah Pirazzis about as far from gut-like as you can get in a synthetic string.
Okay, thanks! You said passione, how easy they are to play compared those three strings and can I use them with fine tuners? ('cause they're gut strings)
Passione response is fairly similar to EP Golds. Gut has a slightly slower response than synthetics do.
Ok. So, does strings' good responsive mean they're easy to play? I'm sorry, I don't know, I am a beginner :)
My view is that, of the three, obligato strings are (slightly) easier (more comfortable under the fingers) than the others.
I'm currently using Passione strings, coming from EP green, which I've used and like a lot. Temper want I'm saying by considering I'm a beginner/intermediate. For whatever reason, to me they seem very easy to play. I've only recently started playing violin, but for 25+ years I've had problems with tendonitis due to a variety of reasons. I thought they must be much lower tension than EP green, but as Lydia has pointed out in the past, surprisingly they're not that much lower overall (in fact, the D Passione 13 1/2 has a higher tension than even the EP green). They really feel lower tension than EP green, and I'm able to play without much pain. What's puzzling to me is I find it very difficult to play double stops well with Passiones. I don't have the same problem with EP green. Anyways, of all the strings I've tried, they're the most different. Definitely worth a try, if you're patient enough for them to settle in. As for response, I'm really not at a level to say, but Alina Ibragimova uses them and they clearly work well for her.
Ok, thanks! Has someone experiences of Pirastro Gold -gut strings? How similar they are with Evah Pirazzis?
@Lydia Leong: when I first tried EPG a few years ago, the first thought that came into my head was 'these are kinda like Obligatos' I think EPG are closer to Obligatos than EP, not in all respects, but to me they just felt and sounded like a better version of Obligatos. I'm not a fan of Obligatos, But I liked your statement about being a 'blend'.
@Samuel: I’m using Pirastro gold label strings right now, and I love the sound of them. They are the easiest strings to play that I have come across and give a warm, open sound. I can’t compare them to EP since I haven’t used those, but they are much richer and more brilliant than obligatos and are slightly more responsive on my violin. They’re pretty pitch stable too for me.
Obligatos seem to be pretty nice for beginners, in my experience. If I had to recommend a string for a beginner who wants the easiest possible experience, it would either have to be Dominants or Obligatos.
Gold Label is a fairly decent set. They must have changed something because they stabilized (stretched) usual than the norm for gut last time I used them. The A speaks clearly and has power. Nice, balanced tension on the strings as well-excellent left hand feel.
Thanks for the info Erik. I've used Obligatos on my previous cheaper violin and liked them. When I'm done with the Passiones on my new violin (it's only seen EP green and Passione so far), I'll probably switch to Obligatos (or maybe even Wondertones; I have both). Again, I think the Passiones are really interesting strings for a variety of reasons, and hope in the future I'm able to play them better than I can now.
Ok, thanks! I think I have to ask now, which strings should I buy for under 1000€ violin (but it’s good) : obligatos, evah pirazzi golds (that’s what I am especially thinking the most) or passiones?
ps. If I want smooth, warm but clean and rich strings and it’s important they are easy and comfortable to play :)
Samuel, you can buy any of these, the retail price of your instrument should have nothing to do with it. And above all else, it says nothing of its sound character.
@ Samuel In my experience, Obligatos.
@Hermes Ok, thanks!
John C, if tendonitis is an issue I'd recommend you try low-tension (weich) dominants. They are really, really easy to press down.