Warchal briliant Vs. Peter Infeld
Hi friends, I have an Italian violin cirta 1921, and during the last 2 years I played with Warchal brilliant (exl. E string). A luthier adviced me to replace to Peter Infeld because it might sound better. It will be hughly appreciated having your advice
The PI strings are excellent on my modern Italian violin (1995) although I use Goldbrokat E - but they may not suit your instrument. You need to test to see.
Yes, I'd give it a try for about 1 week -- experiment and compare; but I'd keep the Warchal at the ready -- in case you don't find the Peter Infeld to be better for your fiddle.
The PIs have a lot to offer. I have stopped using them except for the Pt E, but they are really well made, and have fantastic overtones. Playing in tune was never so easy.
The PI platinum E was good on my 1896 "modern" Italian, but the rest of the PIs were not. I used Evah Pirazzi Gold on the other strings, for that violin.
What was the reasoning of the luthier for the advice?
I use PI's on my French violin from 1880, and they're a great match for that instrument. My 1922 violin (also French, but a different maker) seems to do better with Warchal Brilliant Vintage. If you're not put off by the price tag of PI's, they're worth a try. Your mileage will vary as to which set works better for you.
I recently switched strings from PI to Warchal brilliants on my Amati. They project well with great clarity. I have PI strings on other violins of mine. You really can’t generalise, but as strings are an inexpensive way to change the sound of your fiddle, experiment with what works best for you.
Thanks all members for your comments.
Apart from the G string, I havent tried the the full PI set. The G string was really good (and so is the Warchal Brilliant as below).
on my violin I thought the warchals were just too bright/harsh. For that type of sound I liked the vision titanium solos better. The PI’s on my violin have more brightness than the vision solo’s yet are never annoying to me. They have become my goto string. I’ve tried several of the warchals and it seems like for each attribute they may have, there is a string that can do it better
Have you tried Amber set as well? It is hard to believe it could sound bright on any violin.
Haven't tried the Warchal Brilliants, but I've played on PIs. They're too bright and steely on my violin, and they were a bit cold.
You just have to try them and see if you like them.
@Thomas Boyer. One more vote for the combination of Avantgarde with Amber E. Fantastic sound and playability. I am mixing them with Tzigane and they blend beautifully with Tzigane D.
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