G string suggestions?
My son currently uses an Evah Pirazzi Gold G string and is wondering if something else might work better. The one weakness of his violin is that it doesn't sound fabulous in the upper positions on the G string. Some of this is due to a wolf in the usual place (C#), but it is just generally hard to get a clear sound beyond about 4th position. It gets crunchy up there very easily. His teacher has noted the same issue, so it is not a technical issue with his playing.
Any suggestions for a string that might smooth out that area a bit better?
A lower tension G may very well do the trick, but check with a luthier first. My 250-yr old main violin is prone to wolfing in the lower regions of the second octave of the G unless I use a low tension gut G, and then the wolf notes go away or are hardly noticeable. The G that I find does the job best is the light-gauge Savarez copper-wire wound G, although the Chorda silver-wound gut G isn't too bad, although not as good as the Savarez. A synthetic core G is a definite no-no if I want to avoid the wolves!
Has a luthier looked at his soundpost recently?
Probably not a problem with the string. Move the soundpost towards the bass side a little and see if that does anything.
The violin maker adjusted the soundpost in August and fooled around a bit with the wolf but we decided it wasn't bad enough to put an eliminator on it. The violin is from 2017 so the maker plans on replacing the soundpost probably sometime this spring. That may help in the longterm. We will look into some of your suggestions for strings in the interim. Thanks!
The problem may be in the violin. Only good violins will sound good in upper positions, in general you will have many raped notes and wolves there (I am talking about 7th position and around it). That's why many top soloist start trying instruments in the upper position of the basses, Zukerman does that with violins and violas.
One thing you can try before anything else is to retune the G string first down a half-tone or so and see what happens to the problems far up the string - and then tune it a half-tone high. If either of these eliminates the problem then you may need to try (respectively) a lower tension or a higher tension G string. This worked well for me with a viola that had a very nasty C string (lowest pitch viola string) - especially with Evah Pirazzi Golds (actually all the Golds were kind of nasty on that viola - but are just fine on my other one).
I think that if the violin maker is involved, he should know what to do to get the best of his instrument.
Oliv Rigid G is a very good string
I had the same problem and it took me almost 2 years to resolve. But it requires a lot of luthier work.
Thank you all. It sounds like working with the maker is our best option. The G string is not horrible -- but I do think there is possibly room for improvement. It is a really nice violin for its price point, and its strength is how nice it sounds in the upper positions on the D and A. Just wishing we could get the same on the G.
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