Well ever since I started playing the viola forever ago(8 years ago I'm 14) I've always been fasinated with strings and how they work. So about 3 years ago I started makeing a journal of strings and what I thought of them. Ofcourse, I am a violist so this may not be much help to other violinist but I think that alot of viola strings(excluding C) are quite similar to violin strings.
Strings in order by pitch(A,D,G and finally C)
Larsen A -- Overall and amazing string. Goes impecably well with all strings be it gut, or synthetics. The only really problem would be Pirazzis which clash horribley with Larsens.
Jargar A -- Good string with Dominants and Visions. Doesn't really sit well with gut strings. The medium gauge version gets a little scratchy in higher positions. The forte is rather hard to play in higher.
Kaplan Solutions A -- Probally not the best A string I have ever tried, matches decently well with the Kaplan Golden Spiral strings.
Dominant A -- I don't like this string at all I simply destest it I will never, NEVER have a Dominant A string on my viola again. To me it doesn't have the "A string sound" that most violist want to syntheticey.
Obligato A -- Nice with the Obligato set other than that don't try one just to try one out. . . it's a waste of money.
Pirazzi A -- Well. Compare it a Larsen that that is pretty high tension. Though it lacks something vital that I can't really deside which sperates it from the Larsen.
Eudoxa A -- A bit dull on my Sderci(1924), but it could just be my viola. This string is much more stable than the Oliv.
Oliv A -- Sort of just like the Obligato but unlike the violin E they're different. I still wondered when I used this string "What if it(A string) was gold-plated?". Matches with the set and really nothing much else.
Zyex A -- Four words only "BRIGHT AND REALLY LOUD"
Larsen D -- Really powerful and strong at first and then like fireworks dies leaves just as quickly as it came.
Dominant D -- Metalicy for a little while. Nice Neutral string good if u don't want to darken or brighten your instrument.
Obligato D -- Amazing!!! Best D string I have every tired matches really really well with my C string(Oliv or Eudoxa depends on which is available). Darker sounding string
Pirazzi D -- Bleck. I don't like it AT ALL. In my opinion don't waste ur money. PLEASE. Overly Bright
Eudoxa D -- Once again is a bit dull for about a week. Matches really well with my G(Obligato). On my viola it is the brighter of the guts
Oliv D -- Dislike this string ALOT. Great tone just no pitch stabilaity. On my viola the darker of the guts
Zyex D -- Again four words "BRIGHT AND REALLY LOUD"
Larsen G -- Pretty much the same as the D. Nice and strong in the begining adn then leaves just as quickly as u put on the string(acutally just about a week)
Dominant G -- Lovely sound but again a bit metalically.
Obligato G -- My ususally G string along with the D it is a great combo. My ALL-TIME favorite G string.
Pirazzi G -- Bleck!!! I really dont like the entire set accept for th A. Sorry Pirazzi lovers
Eudoxa G -- Well. Only tried the Eudoxa G once but it was a mediocre experience. A little bit bland compared to the Oliv.
Oliv G -- Nice string but sadly it couldn't beat the Obligato on my viola, but has a nice tone but it wont ever stay in tune.
Larsen C -- Keeps its strength a week or mayb two longer than the D and G, but still the nice tone dies just and quickly as it came.
Dominant C -- This string used to be my favorite C string that is until I tried gut(Oliv being my fav)
Obligato C -- To me it lacks something which I can't describe that the others(G & D) have. Don't stay in tune as well as the G and D do but still a nice string
Pirazzi C -- Again Bleck dont waste your money. If you oddly want a "bright" viola these are your strings. I'm sure violinist LOVE these strings but we violist(most of us) try to aim for a lush, velvety sound.
Spirocore C -- I'm not a huge fan of steel steel strings but these is an exception. It has a tunenstun covering which gives the string an amazing clarity.
Eudoxa C -- Nice, Gut sound I use this as my C string(or Oliv). This string give me a lovely, lush, chocolatly sound that I, my orchestra members and quartet members adore.
Oliv C -- AMAZING STRING I LOVE THIS STRING!!!! BEST VIOLA STRING EVER!!!!! 'Nuf said.
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