Lowest Tension/Quietest Strings for Viola
Hi All, I am just wondering if anyone has any recommendations for the quietest (which I presume also means the lowest tension) strings for a viola. I currently use Obbligatos, which are nice, but they're still not quite soft enough for me. I'm thinking of trying Eudoxas next, but wanted to see if there is a better option out there.
I know what I'm asking for is the opposite of what people generally want, but I don't play for anyone, so I don't need projection. I also realize that violin family instruments are not quiet, so I know I'm asking in a sense for the impossible (short of getting an electric instrument), but I'd nonetheless really value any input anyone has.
Obligatos will knock down a bit the sound.
Pirastro's Aricore are warm-toned, with a tension similar to Eudoxas. I even use the Aricore A with the higher-tension Obligato D, G, & C as I want a string, not a trumpet!
What is it you dislike now? The volume or a specific sound characteristic?
Lower tension strings can, with some instruments, enable it vibrate more freely with a bigger dynamic range and hence sound louder when required. The choice of bow is also equally important for tone production.
How about use a bow with new hair with little rosin?
Thanks all for the advice. Getting my bow rehaired soon so I'll pay attention to my rosin usage.
Eudoxas, Aricores and "Medium-light" Crytals have a similar low tension.
aricore, but too low tension often leads to a rolling, flacid feel
I had no idea that playing too loud was ever a problem on a viola. Learn something new every day.
Low tension simply entails playing nearer the bridge....