My violin is ~ 170 years old, Italian, and naturally mezzo piano. I’d like greater projection. I can lean into it well-enough w/ the bow, but I’d prefer to not have to as much. Sound-wise I’d describe the violin as very neutral, dry in a good way. It is neither very warm, nor very bright. I suppose I’d prefer brighter than warmer, but that is because I, perhaps wrongfully, associate warm with tending towards a bit unresponsive or muddy.
Current strings: Dominant.
Evahs seem an obvious choice, as they're quite popular. I was considering about going green, and if I dislike them, golds.
Lasrsen Il Cannone seems like a good choice, too, but I hear less about these, so I am unsure.
The options are overwhelming, and am interested in what the community might suggest for this violin as described.
Vision titanium solo are also loud strings, but Evans probably your best bet.
I had good luck with Warchal Brilliant, they aren't quite as bright as Evah P and a little less loudness, but they seem to have more color to their sound (at least on my violin). Warchal also makes Brilliant Vintage strings which have slightly less tension and are made for older instruments. They claim that older instruments were made for lower tension strings and therefore sound better with less tension.
Get high tension plain gut and move the soundpost way closer to the bridge.
Evah Pirazzi are loud strings as others have noted.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I will post the same advice I usually post when someone asks about strings. You have received some good advice on strings from well-meaning musicians. You will probably receive more advice and people will suggest a variety of strings, so you will be left with lots of options and no real way of choosing other than just generally in terms of sound.
Keeping what Tom said in mind, I would still recommend you *try* Pirazzi Golds. Greens are good strings too, but I prefer Golds for projection and sound quality.
You might want to give Rondos a try. I switched to them from Dominants and I found that I got more resonance.
Tom's advice is the best advice. I did not like certain characteristcs of my viola so I went to my luthier, Ifshin Violins, for advice and string suggestions. My good luck was that the salesperson I got was a violist. He suggested a different C string and to balance it a different A string (both lower tension than I had on there). I bought the strings. I LOVE my viola now and I get good (unsolicited) feedback from my musical colleagues.
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