Which E String?

January 28, 2004 at 02:00 AM · I am currently trying out violins. This violin that is my current favorite came with a Corelli E. I just flat out didn't like it. I changed it to a gold obligato E (the rest of the strings are obligato). It's taken me two days to break it in. I almost wish I had the Corelli back on. What type of E strings do you recommend?

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January 28, 2004 at 02:56 AM · Greetings,

I use a German e string made from sreel called, rather confusingly, Gold brot , sicne it is not gold. I tried this cheap string after using a variety of golds and persistemtly havmg trouble with them wearing out, being too taught and so on.

This has been the best solution for me by far.

Incidentally, a recent letter to the Strad coplainedthat their article on stirngs had not mentione dhtis one which was a favorite of heifetz. Mabe it is not glamourous enough?



January 28, 2004 at 03:24 AM · I use the Evah Pirrazzi E string with my other Dominant ones. The EP string is warm and very responsive.

January 28, 2004 at 08:30 AM · I also use the Evah Pirazzi gold E. It is like a warm, limpid stream caressed by sunlight, clear and comforting and shining. Ah, yes, the Pirazzi E.

Now, back to my lair...

January 29, 2004 at 03:45 AM · I can vouch for the Gold Brokat, it was the choice of Heifetz and Milstein. It produces a rich tone and has a fast response, no E string is better. Now, the gold strings might work better on some violins, but I have found that the gold strings produce too bright and sound and disrupts the balance of the sound. And the Gold Brokat is only $1-$1.50 most places.

January 29, 2004 at 04:19 AM · Greetings,

not only can Anton vouch for this string. He can also spell it. Has he no limits?



January 29, 2004 at 08:15 PM · LOL. Give Sarah a job at Pirastro marketing, seeing as there aren't many classified ads these days for "poet wanted"!!!

Seriously Sarah, I have to agree with your summation of these gold "E"s, although I would have struggled to relay my sentiments in the terms you used.

Now every time I venture onto the "E" string I'll be thinking of Sarah's post!

January 29, 2004 at 08:29 PM · prunes for anton

I use Gold Brokat also

January 30, 2004 at 02:07 AM · Is it possible to order these gold brokat E strings online? Are they steel?

January 30, 2004 at 02:25 AM · Get them at Quinn violins, Ifshin violins or Southwest strings, they should go for about $1.25. And yes, they are steel.

January 30, 2004 at 03:19 AM · I just orded a Gold Brokat, and one thing you have to remember about buying online - shipping is involved. So if you're not planning on buying a couple sets of strings, then you'll have to pay shipping. Just a thought... heh, since i forgot about it. Should check my local music store...

how much do you think they would run if you bought them at a music store?

January 30, 2004 at 03:46 AM · At my local violin dealer, it goes for $2.25.

January 30, 2004 at 07:30 AM · Actually, I love Corelli's E string! It's been the most consistent along the years and I've played with almost all E strings available on the market. I like the E from the Crystal set more than I like the Alliance E.

January 30, 2004 at 09:43 AM ·

January 30, 2004 at 09:39 AM · What about the Pirastro Gold Label? How does it compare to the Goldbrokat?

January 31, 2004 at 02:33 AM · Greetings,

I find the Goldbrokat more powerful and richer,



Gotta love these cheapo strings!

January 31, 2004 at 03:20 AM · What Buri said and also a lot warmer as well as being half the price.

February 13, 2004 at 09:45 AM · Problem with the music stores in Western Australia (except maybe Zenith, I haven't checked lately) is that they only stock a limited amount of strings. WE have a choice of Pirastro Tonica (my choice for my violin), the Dominants, and the Obligato's. And it's about AUD$10-20 for a string, or between AUD$70-130 for a full set.

February 14, 2004 at 12:12 AM · I currently have Dominant strings for G, D, and A, and used to have Dominant also for E, but when my E disintegrated recently (the metal spun around it got loose) I got a Pirastro Tonica for a change, and until now, I don't have any complaints about that one. Creates a nice full and clear sound.

February 14, 2004 at 01:32 AM · I use Pirastro gold label (which is not gold haha). You guys are really making me want to try GOld brokat. Too bad I still have four Pirastro E's left.

February 14, 2004 at 04:38 AM · Currently I have an Obligato Gold E on. I really want the rich warm tone because most of my repertoire at the moment is very romantic repertoire. When I ordered strings the other day, they were all out of the Obligato, so tomorrow night I'll be trying out an Evah Pirazzi gold E, for something a little different.

December 3, 2007 at 11:16 PM · Charles Avsharian, CEO of shar, uses Corelli Crystal and says that it has a brilliant sound. Any feedback?

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