I ordered (and just got) a new set of Warchal Brilliant viola strings, because I've heard and read good things about them, so I figured I'd give them a shot.
I put them on after a show last night, and played for about an hour to help settle them in.
Initial impressions :
Wow these are some snazzy looking windings.
I really like the C String, it's clear, focused, and warm without losing power. The G, D, and A have a lot of that metallic thing that usually happens to Dominants going on.
After 1 hour, the strings had warmed up quite a bit. There's a lot of sympathetic ringing going on, far more than I'm used to (regularly use Vision Solo + Larsen A). The G has started to sound much warmer, but the D and A are still fairly thin/nasal/metallic. I'm surprised by how fully the strings react to vibrato. Normally an open string sounds richer in overtones than a fingered string, but here the opposite is true.
Next day :
This morning I was rehearsing the first act of Wagner's Walküre, so I figured there would be plenty of "breaking in". The strings still have a bit of metallic ring to them, particularly the higher ones. Tension is very low, but response is a bit scratchy. Piano and pianissimo passages aren't very clean. The transition from noise to tone is rather abrupt, but softening. Tone is glorious on the C and G strings, but open G and D are still a bit nasal. D and A are warming up.
Post-rehearsal I played them in again, and re-straightened my bridge (It had pulled towards the scroll a bit). Sound production is much easier, and very, VERY powerful. There's a lot of warmth to the sound with a lot of focus, and modulation is much easier. Response is still not as good as the Visions, but I like the warmth and color more as the metallic sheen wears off. There's a lot of "glow" to the sound, and it's really very nice.
Overall after 1 day, I think the set is quite balanced, but takes a bit of playing in. Tuning stability hasn't been great, but not awful either (i'm breaking them in with Wagner . . . I can only expect so much). I may need to try a stickier rosin as well. I'm currently using Jade, but I feel like it's slightly unbalanced, and doesn't bite as well as I want.
Will update as the strings continue to break in.
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