Still looking for the right strings (Vision Solo vs. Vision?)
As I mentioned in a previous thread, I have some mysterious unidentifiable G, D, and A strings, but they are doing their job quite well.
My C string was a Dominant medium, which just did not have enough grip. I asked the luthier (who is a violist himself), and he gave me a Helicore medium, arguing that the tungsten winding should give me what I want.
The Helicore surely has a lot of power, but it sounds a bit "rough" next to my ear, which I attribute to the steel core.
My desk neighbor gave me his old Vision Solo C string to try, which I am looking forward to. On the other hand, I saw that the Vision Solo is only silver-wound, while the Vision (without the Solo) is tungsten-silver-wound. By the luthier's reasoning, the latter should be better.
Can you describe the difference between the Vision and the Vision Solo?
I don't know what you mean by "grip."
By too little grip, I mean that when I tried to produce a powerful sound, the string just "slipped" and I could not control it with the bow any more. I could fix that a bit with better resin and better technique (I'm a former violinist and quite new to the viola), but in the end, I think the tension was just too low, so I could transfer enough mechanical energy into the string.
What size viola is this? Larger violas may require thinner gauge strings to get proper response.
The viola is 40.5 cm (16"), so not that large. My initial idea was to use high-tension Dominant string, but maybe the Vision (Solo) are even better.
On my viola, the Vision C sounded darker than Vision Solo. But I much prefer the Permanent C since I like its playability and edge. My D and G are Vision Solo and A is Larsen. YMMV.
I had a set of Vision Solos on a viola a couple years back. I found them to be easy to play, and rather neutral toned, in a good way. Not bright, or brash or overly loud. I really enjoyed them quite a bit. Great strings. But I didn't return to them as the price is on the high end. I prefer the price/performance ratio from Warchal strings better.
@Kevin: What about the other strings? I heard that for the violin, the Vision strings are actually more brilliant than the Vision Solo. Can the same thing be said about the corresponding viola strings?
I use Vision C, G, and D strings on my viola, and they're a little brighter than average. They project well. But I've never used Vision Solo, so I can't comment on the difference.
I have not compared violin Vision and Vision Solo. I put Cantiga or Kaplan Vivo on my violin mostly.
I just put on the Vision Solo strings. I like them and they feel very high-quality, but I can see why people call them "imbalanced": Every string has kind of its own character.