Difference between normal and gold-plated E?
Hi. I’d like to know how do gold-plated Es affect the sound of a violin or a particular set of strings.
I like them aesthetically and, when I change my current dominants I want to try Tziganes. But I don’t know if I should try them with the regular or the gold plated E.
I think I whistle more often on gold E strings.
Really? That’s a funny fact. I don’t know how frequent is it...
On my violin, plated E strings (good, aluminium, brass etc) in general tend to be a bit warmer than plain steel, but the sound of a string also depends a lot of the type of steel the core is made from, the thickness ect. I did not check out the string brands you can order with different windings, so I cannot comment especially on gold plated strings.
Depending on the brand, about $ 7.00.
Aesthetic? Okay but nobody in the front row of your audience can see that.
Mostly price. Theoretically, a very thin electro-plating should make very little difference in the mass, thickness, elasticity, etc, of the E string. What might be more important is how well the rosin sticks to the string. The violin doesn't care what the string is made out of. It is wooden box that amplifies and modifies the signal that it receives through the bridge.
I don't know what theory that is, Joel, but when my internet supplier sent my 2nd order of Thomastik Peter Infeld strings with the nickel E instead of the platinum-plated E I had ordered it changed the entire character of all the strings on the violin.
I would say check with a respected luthier before trying the Tzigane strings. My experience with them that they worked very well with an instrument that had 2nd octave G string problems with other respected string brands, but not on my violins without that problem. After that experience I talked with Richard Ward at Ifshin Violins about the Tzigane strings (this was right after they were first available) and he did not have a general good opinion about them (yet).
Thanks, Andrew V. I know that those gold, platinum, - plated strings make a significant difference because the players report that it does. I am just puzzled by why; why an electro-plate layer that may only be a few atoms thick would make such a discernable difference. jq
I use the gold piraszzi E on my Vuillaume and the sound is amazing. It's better than any other E string I have ever used. It gives it a golden round brilliance which I like, the problem though is that it whistles sometimes and once the gold plating wears off, it needs replacing as the sound changes.
Even many "same style" steel Es can sound different. The well-known Goldbrokat is just a hi-carbon steel like many, but it isn't the same as others. I am sure it's harder (if not impossible) for the audience to tell the difference, but it's there for the player under the ear and fingers.
A similar puzzle: A wooden flute, a silver flute, a gold flute. They sound different, even though the primary vibrating part is the column of air, not the solid tube. Some players (ex-London SO flutist James Galway) will spend a lot of money to get the gold flute. And , organ pipes are either wood or metal, and sound different.
Miguel, based on that additional information I'd say Tziganes might be worth a try on your violin.
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