New Larson Il Cannone
Did anyone already have a hand on those?
Another day, another new set of strings to test.
Right on, Douglas.
To me Dominants are one of the most expensive strings on the market! 25$/month is more expensive than $15/month for PI (one platinum e included) for example, still PI are considered more expensive.
I used Tziganes recently. They were awesome for about two weeks, then not so great, and by three months, I changed them.
Lydia - I think I'm around the three month mark with my Tziganes and am ready to change them - they feel/sound flat. I have one more set of them, so I'll be using them and likely switching to something else - although I love the feel of the Tziganes under my fingers. Who knows, so many strings, so little time...
I'm about to change my current set (Warchal Amber / Avantgarde on the upper two strings, which have lasted a year and more and actually still sound good! and EP Golds on the lower strings) and think I am going to put it off for a bit so that I can try out these new Larsens.
@Lydia -- you going to try the medium or the "solo" Larsen Il Cannone?
Medium. I prefer lower-tension strings. (Based on their tension charts, it appears that these are basically the same tension as the other Larsen strings, which are all moderate-tension.)
Yeah its spelled Cannone, that might help in your search.
Yep, smartphone eats some of my typings sometimes...
Is this true;
On sale for $82, in 2 gauges.
Woha, was not aware of the us list prices.
Ironically, not all instruments sound "Solo" with higher tension. Medium or less often sound more "Solo"-and I would also choose "medium," if I was interested.
A year? Wow... Even when I played a lot as a youngster I still changed my strings every three months. Maybe I like to change them frequently? Too frequently??? (I used to play on Dominants.)
The Warchals have been shockingly long-lasting, actually. The G and D have gotten changed about every 3 to 6 months, depending on the brand.
Larsen "Il Cannone"? As in Paganini's Del Gesù? Please spare me...
The funny part is, as far as I know the "Il Cannone" del Gesu is not exactly liked by most players.
I realize that most people change their strings quite often. (I used to when I was younger and played more.) I'm now an ancient miser on a fixed retirement. I no longer play regularly. My strings generally are on my violin until they start to unravel or break. I go about 10 years on a set. (My classical guitar's strings are at least 20 years old, but I did change them annually when I was teaching an estudiantina class twenty years ago, and playing every day.) Often when one viola string goes, I do replace the entire set. I also love PRIM Swedish stainless steel strings. I feel they sound good on my particular instrument, not too dark, not too bright. They often stay in tune for MONTHS at a time, and are very resistant to temperature changes (unlike gut, perlon, nylon, other synthetic strings) which allows for outdoor playing like summer park concerts.
@Dmitri. "Paganini played on Pirastro strings"
I have been personally a faithful customer of Larsen strings in the past. I discovered them when I was looking for a good A string in combination with wound gut strings (by pirastro) As I tried a Set of Tziganes, my violin back then seemed to like them, maybe due to the low tension.
I can echo that Warchal strings seem to last quite well - I use them on my viola. I change them about 3 times a year, along with the Larson "soft" A string which is a good match on my instrument with the Warchal Brilliant D, G and C. And I just switched to the Warchal Brilliant "Vintage" strings on my violin - wish me luck there.
I did think Warchal Vintage were excellent strings but I did slightly prefer the Brilliants to them. Have not tried the Amber yet.
@Simon -- if you prefer Larsen strings, why do you recommend Evah Pirazzi to your students? I find that Evahs sound quite nice, but have a very short optimal lifespan, and therefore I have trouble recommending them for students.
I agree. On the plus side for students: they can take a good amount of bow pressure.
Hey, Douglas. I think the Evah's are more the all rounder strings and as Marc said, they are a little easier for the bow and more forgiving in terms of bow pressure at the fingerboard. For most students that should be priority. I think also that Evah's sound pretty good on most student violins. For Larsen Virtuosos you need a fairly dark sounding instrument, which isn't the case with most student violins. But maybe I will give it a try once and put some Larsen strings on a students violin! I am sure it will be a successful try! Most of the time when I recommend Evah's the student also had them on before or had the Pirastro Tonika's on, which I feel are quite similar to the Evah's in terms of playability and the Evah's are simply an upgrade. Some of my students also play dominant strings. I actually don't care too much as far as the strings are not too old.
Simon -- I agree that Evah's can change some students instruments for the better, but the result is so short-term because of the short lifespan of Evah's that I can't recommend them. It is not worth it for the few weeks that they sound good and the high price. I find that Vision Solo or Vision Titanium Orchestra often produce a similar result but last for many months, so these are my go to strings for "pumping up"the sound of instruments and creating more resistance to the bow.
Great advice with the vision strings! I tend to forget about them. And yes, the short lifespan of the Evah's is also the reason why I don't use them myself. In the beginning after settling they sound better than almost every other string I know. But the effect faints rather quickly. But still even after some time, they are above average strings.
if you haven't tried the Vision Titanium Orchestras, they contain the warmth that the VS and VTS lack on some instruments. I prefer them over the other two most of the time. They sound sort of like a middle ground between PI and Evah strings in many regards.