Hello! I currently am set up with Evah Pirazzi silvery steel ADG strings, but have yet to find an E that I am in love with. I have tried Goldbrokat (WAYYYY too whistly) as well as Westminster, but neither blew me away. Does anyone have a E string that projects (bright is fine), but has a long shelf life?
What are the traits of your violin? Different strings sound different on different violins due to differences in violin characteristics. Search the site for E-string threads. I can guarantee that you will find a million of them. Furthermore, string discussions are extremely controversial for several reasons:
If Goldbrokat is that whistly you may want to have a look at the setup. It sound like the violin has a bit of a problem there, this string is not difficult to bow.
I have put a tiny piece of fine leather (from an old glove) in the E groove of the nut. The open E then behaves a little more like a fingered note.
I currently use Pirastros new platinum E. I like it a lot and it affected the other strings positively.
What about the E that comes in the Evah set? It is bright, powerful, and modulates nicely.
Let me clarify: by "shelf life" I actually meant life span. I my hands perspire quite a bit, so I usually go through strings quicker than the the average violinist.
Platinum E should increase your shelf life...the new Evah one is pretty good. Personally, I'm fine with a Goldbrokat, but you gotta change 'em often...;)
Really impressed with the Warchal Amber E. It has a funny coil that stretches out over the area between bridge and fingerboard. It basically gives you the power and responsiveness of a steel wire E but mellows the sound. And there's a really nice side benefit -- it's the only non-whistling wire E that I'm aware of.
I was about to suggest Gold plated Olivs until I read "long shelf life." It sounded pretty loud on my previous violin, though I have yet to try it on my new one. I currently have Evahs+Westminster and I'm pretty satisfied with it.
Oliv Es last long-maybe not as much with heavy perspiration. They have been for years a favorite of mine, but...
Are you sure they are same in tension. It might well be that Pirastro and Thomastik use different mensurs to measure against. Pirastro at least does everything possible to measure low tensions, I dont know about Thomastik for sure.
8 kp for both Oliv E mittel and Titanium Solo E. Was expecting the Oliv to have nore brilliance and sizzle as a new string. It was clear, brilliant, and beautiful, but not as powerful and lacked the old string's brightness. The Oliv was plenty loud, mind you, but it wasn't AS loud as the other string, and changed the whole character of the instrument (it was a balanced tone among the strings, including the E, but less "aggressive".) And it sounded good, too. Was just expecting the new, beloved gold-plated E to totally outshine the old TS E, but it just didn't work out that way this time.
If those 8kp are from the manufacturer it is unlikely to be exactly the same.
Yes, doubt it's the same scale being used by both brands, but lacking ways to measure them myself, it's the best I can do.
The Larsen Tzigane Gold E is a good string.
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