Evah Pirazzi Golds or Vision Titanium Solos?
I have a rather mellow violin that in some environments cannot project loudly, and it's time for me to replace my set of strings (Dominants w/ Gold Label E) but I've been debating on the 2 string sets mentioned above.
Are there qualities in either of the sets that makes them worth it over the other? Specifically, I'm looking in terms of projection and tone quality.
If you prefer the sound and feel of Thomastik strings, I'd go with the Visions to start.
Marycella:Based on my own experience, in your situation I would take "baby steps." I would first switch to Pirastro Tonica strings - but keep your Gold Label E. If the Tonicas were an improvement but I still wanted a bit more I would next take a big plunge and install a Thomastik Peter Infeld Platinum E string. If I wanted more I would come back and ask again --but I would take my violin to a top luther and ask for their advice. I suggest this because the Tonicas are cheaper than other alternatives that might not work for you.
As Lydia said, it is unpredictable. However if I had to choose between the two I would guess that VTS could do the trick. Also I can usually find them in a much lower price than EPG. There is a risk of them sounding a little harsh on some violins, and I expect that they could sound bigger, a little brighter, and maybe respond quicker than your previous string set. Also bear in mind that VTS is a relatively thinner string set than EPG, and I generally find them to respond better to bow speed than just pressure and force, than many other synthetics, including the EPG. Also you could keep your current E choice with VTS ADG, (I think the VTS is a little pricey, but very good in terms of playability)
All good advice. My own first impulse would be to try the PI Platinum E-- it very often has a good effect, and the negatives aren't likely to bother you if you have an overly mellow instrument.
I do agree with Andrew on taking baby steps, but on my personal experience although I find Tonicas waaay better than Domiants, I also find them rather 'gentle'. If you want more volume, Evahs
Just seeing this now, but thank you all for the wonderful advice so far! I realized that it would actually be more useful for me to try out other sets near the price range of the Dominants rather than immediately jumping to the Titanium Solos or EP Golds (lol), since I do have no clue as to how they'll work on my instrument specifically.
Tonicas are neutral strings that are the same quality as Dominants and are often used as an alternative (and have remained inexpensive whereas Dominant prices have gone up).
To me, in general, on a variety of instruments, Tonicas sound less full and more focused than Dominants, i.e. they sound (and feel - with the exception of the Dominant silver D, which is pretty thin) like thinner strings. Also a bit more “pure” and less metallic than Dominants, in general.
Lydia, my current instrument is a $500-something violin that I’ve had since I was in 6th grade (I’m in 10th grade in high school now), and I’m bound to go searching for a new one in about a year or two, the delay due to financial reasons. I figured that it would’ve been my violin that was problematic, since I assume that Dominants specifically don’t act that way on other violins. In the mean time I had planned prior to get my bridge replaced but I’m not sure if that could make a difference sound wise.
Both are reasonably durable strings. On a $500 violin, I'd go for Tonicas (they're pleasantly inexpensive) and put the money saved towards a better future instrument.
Cantiga is also an option.
That's a great suggestion. Cantigas were originally marketed as a premium string, I think, but now a set costs less than $40. I think their intended competition is EP Gold.
Marycella, if you intend to replace/modify your bridge by your luthier, consider doing so before a string change, it could vastly impact your sound and perhaps projection...
A new bridge coming soon could change everything. Not just in the tone color, but the quality of sound. Fix that, and you may be just fine with your current strings. Messing around with strings before that surgery is like picking your tie before you have any idea what suit you'll be wearing.
While you're at the luthier, have them check the soundpost!
EP Golds have a rather short lifespan, while Vision Titanium Solos have one of the longest lifespan of any synthentic. If VTS work for you, they are a great value.
yup, I'm finding my EP Gold are starting to wear down already, and I've also heard VTS have a long lifespan. I used VTS for a couple of years on a fiddle I don't have anymore, which is the longest I've ever stayed with one type of strings.
That is one complaint I have about them, yes, they can be a bit rough on the fingers.
IME, VTS they are easier on the fingers than EP (not that the latter is a bad string.) The tension is not absurd-even though generally high-and the feel is not too tight.
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