Peter Infield PI Strings
So currently on my violin, I use obligatos on every string; however recently when my A string broke I decided to change to an infield red A string, and I couldn't believe how easy it was to play! (my violin has always been very hard work to play- It has a lovely dark sound, however, it feels very....thick and resistanty to play? anyway I put on the Infield red and I loved the feel, suddenly I could perform fast passages and make shifts that previously I would have found very difficult...However, I found the sound was not as good as the obligato A I had used before, it was not as warm or dark :(
I then looked online and saw Peter Infield strings, and I was wondering if they have a darker, warmer sound than the Infield Red strings?
Sorry if this has gone on a bit, but could anyone tell me how the Peter Infield strings compare to Infield Red, and also If there is a string that has the dark, warm sound of obligatos but the playability of Infield Reds?
PI are nice and have a great response and tone color, not quite like Obligato though. Obligato can feel a little like rubber bands, but I love the way they sound too. Jargar Superior are a nice choice too, lots of tone color options, maybe not real dark, but colorful for sure.
I have not found the PI set to be particularly remarkable, but that platinum-plated PI E string - WOW that is something else. It can totally transform the other strings - especially the G. So far I have found it remarkable with PI, Vision Solo, and Evah Pirazzi sets -- and even Pirastro Flexocor-Permanent.
Andrew, please could you specify a little bit on this? Since I seem to be in an eternal e struggle now and then...
Peter Infeld Platinum-Plated E. It's 32 dollars for an E string.
I've had the PI-Pt-E on 4 violins through 3 sets of A/D/G. Still great.
I've used only Peter Infeld D-G so far on one of my three fiddles. No experience with A. I'd had previous experience with Infeld Red A-D-G, and had always liked them. Later I replaced the Peter Infeld G with Infeld Red G. The Infeld Red was darker and less edgy on this fiddle and suited my purpose better. Current setup:
I find PI "nice and smooth" compared with Thomastik's other offerings.
I have never tried PI strings but after reading Mr. Victor's long term praise for their platinum E string I did try one and have been using them since although I do question their cost and whether it is worth paying all of the extra dollars for. Usually I like to change the E once a month but at $30 or so dollars a pop I go for three months and it certainly has lost its brilliance by then.
The one time the PI-Pt-E was not suitable was on one of my violins earlier this year when I was finally enticed to try the "Heifetz" string set of Tricolore gut A & D and wrapped G strings. The PI E was so overpowering compared to the gut strings that I had to put on the Goldbrokat E that had come with the gut set. But under the ear the violin had nowhere near the power I love it for, so it was back to the PI-Pt-E and EP-Golds that I had removed.