Larsen Virtuoso Strings
Does anyone have an updated review of the larsen virtuousos? I have PI’s on right now but seem to be too high tension for my instrument. How do they compare with Dominants? If anyone has any experience with the virtuousos comment!
I am also curious about these strings. I have watched the excellent video-review of Simon Streuff (http://www.violinist.com/directory/bio.cfm?member=SimonS) and I would like to try them.
I tried one set of Larsen Virtuoso strings when they first come out because they were on sale at a reasonable price for only a short period of time. I really liked them and they sounded well for a fair amount of time but I was not willing to pay the full price for another set. They really were fun strings.
Virtuosos are very different from Tziganes, at least to me. Virtuosos seem to me to be a brighter version of regular Larsens. Tziganes were pretty good on my violin for a brief period of time, but they had brutally short longevity (I've had that issue with regular Larsens also). Virtuosos weren't especially good.
That's very useful, thanks Lydia. Do you have experience with Cantigas?
I've tried Cantigas on my viola: similar to Alliance Vivace, also from Corelli. But it's hard to compare two sets when one is brand new and the other a few weeks old. As with their nylon-cored Crystal, I find them a little thicker than average, and lacking in "shimmer" (perhaps due to their high-ish tension?), but pleasant and forgiving of a tired bowing arm..
Dominants sound far superior on my violin because the lower tension. I’m curious if the Virtuousos would sound better since they’re even lower tension.
Hi Daniel, I wonder if you should try a differnet lower tension E-String with the PI strings! Maybe also a different A-String. because I feel the D (aluminum) and G string of the PI set are very smooth and silky while being powerful. On my violin though the E-string, especially the expensive platinum one didn't work at all! But with a more flexible E-String like the Jargar Medium oreven an Evah Pirazzi Gold E, the PI might be a better set overall.