I have been on the hunt for a light and mellow G string. I'm looking for an extremely rich and vibrant sound, that also projects well as I am a soloist.
Currently I use a full set of Evah Pirazzi gold.
I plan on switching to EP Gold D and A, Oliv E (or other pirastro gut E with rich and vibrant projectional sound).
I am in LOVE with the D and A EP Gold on my violin. I find them very beautiful. But I may be switching the D string with another kind as it loses its beauty in higher positions.
What do you suggest?
G- looking for mellow, rich, vibrant, projecting sound. I want a synthetic here
D- looking for a pirastro string that responds well in high positions while also keeping the richness and projection of EP Gold. I want a synthetic here
A- happy with current, but open to try suggestions if this string does not work well with the other suggestions
E- looking for a rich, vibrant gut-E that responds well in all positions with little to no ringing
EDIT: how does passione solo compare to EP gold?
EDIT2: I may try EP gold with gold G, Passione Solo D, EP gold A, chorda E. feedback?
The only gut Es available are Chorda and those from small manufactures. You're using steel Es.
Passione is gut and sounds like a gut/synthetic hybrid. I like it, but I dont think this is what you are looking for.
Thanks Marc. And for me pirastro is a must because of personal trust and experiences with their products. I also trust Infield, although given not as much, so I may try the vision titanium solo D.
What's your violin? Contemporary, antique, general quality? Does it prefer higher tension or lower tension? With other strings, does your violin respond well in all positions (i.e., the upper position response is an issue just with the EP Golds), or do you have issues in the upper positions with other string brands as well?
@Jack: For an E that matches well with gut, heavy gauge Goldbrokat.
Thank you Lydia. I'm a bit caught up at the moment but I will be answering all of your questions in the next few hours.
By nice one I meant nice setup to improve sound
Synoxa sounds closest to pure gut out of any string I hav3 ever heard, even more than wound gut (including the E!), but are pricy at about $120/set.
Thanks AO. Is this dealer reputable? I have heard many stories recently of people getting strings such as red label in packaging of high tier strings such as EP. Unfortunately, my wallet is not up for the chance that any strings can be fake.
Yes. This is a reputable dealer. Dominants are not student strings. Do you like them when they're on your violin tonally?
Synoxa for the sound of plain gut (which I play on, so I ought to know). :)
Possible cons for Synoxa: price vs "similar" Tonica, only one, medium gauge, which is actually high tension (though they do feel good on the fingers). Also, the D is aluminum wound-no silver option.
Okay, this doesn't make sense to me. You're a soloist playing on a $1500 student instrument? What country do you live in? Have you tried to get a loan of a reasonable concert instrument from a patron?
Thank you for the inquiry, Lydia.
That description sounds like a student instrument to me. It's not a VSO, that's all. But your problems playing in the upper positions are characteristic of a lesser-quality instrument, and it's common in instruments in the price range you cite. It's good that you like it, but as you can already tell, it has limitations.
Agree with Lydia on the upper position issue.
Have a tech check out your violin. It could be a hardware problem (soundpost, seams etc).
High position d is not a seams problem. This would me more primonent in other positions.
Oh and your suggwstion in your first post to combine passione d with ep gold g, a, this does sound wierd, both in tension and in sound.
I disagree Synoxas are muted and dark. They are loud and clear; maybe the Aricore are overly dark. Thing is we have so many super loud options nowadays (not right or wrong), that many options "of the past" are considered tame in comparison. Some even think gut offers a weak tone. But then again I may have had a different experience with Synoxas.
If violin is the issue, try a variety of affordable violins. I don't recall having problems like these with student violins, but when I try more violins, maybe I'll notice it.
I would never call Synoxas muted and dark either. I always found them relatively brilliant, though not along the lines of Evah Pirazzi or Vision Titanium Solo.
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