So I've been searching for a long time for the PERFECT set of strings for my violin.
So far I've tried Dominant G, D, and A and Pirazzi G, D, and A.
For me, I really don't like the sound of Dominants on my violin. Sounds really tinny even after breaking in and don't project as well.
The Pirazzi G didn't work for me because the higher registers were very fuzzy and wolfy. The D and A were better than the Dominants but sound thin and too bright playing in first position.
I've been looking at the PI G string and seems that people like it. I'm looking for a G string thats deep, warm, and CLEAR in the upper registers.
For the D and A, I was thinking about Obligatos to have a warmer sound especially in 1st postition.
I was also thinking of Infeld Reds for the D and A.
Anyone have experience with both Obligato and Infeld Red D, and A's? (if any thoughts on either feel free to comment)
Also, if anyone has had experience with Stark D or A, what were you observations compared to normal Medium Gauge D and A's?
Now for the E string, I've tried Pirastro Gold Label, Goldbrokat Stark, and Jargar Forte. For me, all of them sound thin/tinny and not colorful.
The E string that came with the violin seems to be richer. I did some research and found that it was a D'Addario Helicore E Stark. Interesting.
I was thinking of trying a Gold Infeld red E or Gold Obligato E. (stark of either of possible).
I'm looking for a "Darker"/ richer sound but also one that's good at projecting (stark).
Thoughts or recommendations?
This is kind of separated in 3 sections: G, D and A, and E.
Please comment if you've had any experience with any strings mentioned or if you you any recommendations!
(I've been playing violin for 11 years and am going into my senior year of high school. Planning on majoring in Violin Performance.)
It sounds like you may have fallen into the "I don't really like how my violin sounds and am desperately trying to correct it with strings" blackhole...I think we've all been there. The things you want, richer, darker, more projecting...I would get thee to a great luthier (no easy task finding one of those either)...one who has mastery over set up. For the price of all those string experiments, you could change neck angle, bridge, soundpost...and be in a much better world of sound and response, etc.
Search the site for violin string threads. You will find a wealth of information. Do you like your violin?
I agree with Peter. You can get a more projecting sound or a darker, richer one by strings. Both at once will not happen (assuming you dont use cheap china strings as comparison).
+1 on getting the luthier to check out your set up. They will make sure your instrument is optimized to get a good sound and can tell you which strings are likely to work best without you having to play the "what strings do I want" game. Nothing wrong with it, if you want to try different strings; but getting a professional opinion can save you some money and hassle in the long run.
+2 ! Of course, with your resumé I feel strange offering any advice.
Agree with previous comments about getting to a luthier if you can. We can't hear your instrument. The luthier, or another experienced player, should be able to give you some input and guidance. Have this person play your instrument, if possible, in different rooms and acoustical conditions -- and at varying distances from you.
"From another previous response, one statement I'd like to challenge: "If you don't like Dominants don't bother to test Infeld Red."
I relatively recently spent a bit of time in Columbus (where the OP lives), and was disappointed by the apparent paucity of violin shops there. I wasn't even able to obtain Evah Pirazzi Gold strings from what seemed like the primary shop in the area, much to my surprise. I'm guessing the OP's teacher is the best source for where to get a competent set-up done.
The Stark Oliv E/Obligato E is very rich and powerful.
+1 for wound gut. I find that oliv rigid G goes well with oliv silver wound D. After consulting Pirastro about the top strings I now use passione solo A and pirazzi platinum E. The passione solo A is much mor stable than the oliv A. And if you are looking for a rich E the platinum is a good choice. It is not available in stark, but the medium is higher tension than the oliv/obligato gold E medium. On my violin it made the whole instrument richer sounding and more responsive.