Looking for Warm, Direct Strings w/ Higher Tension
It's time to change strings and I feel like experimenting. So far I've had Helicores which are too bright, but I like their feel (high tension), and I have Fiddlerman strings on them right now which are supposed to sound like Dominants, but are half the price which have a decent tone, but lack volume and dont feel quite right to my bow (low tension)
So I'm looking for some strings that are as warm or warmer than Dominants, but have a more direct, louder sound.
The strings I'm thinking of trying from my own research are D'Addario Zyex, Red Infeld, Larsen? Tzigane, or Evah Pirazzi Gold.
My violin has a natural neutral tone I think. It's not particularly dark or bright from what I can tell.
I'm saving up for a Scott Cao 850 Ex-David Guarneri copy with a wonderful dark sound I tried at a shop the other day, but I won't be able to afford it for a few months, so I thought I would change strings in the meantime.
I'm also interested in trying a different E string in combination with a set.
Let me know what you think.
Dude. Plain gut.
You might like obligatos, or perhaps warchal ambers, or infeld reds. Probably infeld reds are your best bet because they're also made by the same company.
(He's too new, and thus may fail to appreciate those Gamut pure gut choices. Indeed, even experienced players are not guaranteed to adapt to those.)
I agree with Mr. Williams, not finding Dominant warm, but more neutral+ (they are edgy too.) More upper mids than many of the "warm" options like Obligato and Infels Red.
You should indeed give Obligato a try. It's quite expensive though.
As I say in response to all posts asking for string recommendations, you should go to your luthier and pose your question. You have gotten a number of well-meaning recommendations about strings that might produce a warmer sound. However, different strings sound different on different violins. Your luthier can actually hear your instrument with the current strings and make a good guess as to what will work best for you, at least a more educated recommendation than we can. Obligatos are a standard to try when you seek a warmer sound, and I use them on my violin and viola. However, they might sound awful on your instrument (or great). Go to your luthier, and good luck!
Since different strings sound different on different instruments a luthier is just as likely as any of us to take a guess at what any particular string will sound like on your violin. And it’s likely they will have a particular interest in selling a certain brand that they carry.
Alliance, Cantiga, PI are tense and smooth.
If you have access to good luthiers (who have years of experience from work on hundreds of instruments) get their advice, as TOM HOLZMAN suggested.
Pirastro Obligatos are nice and warm but can be unfocused on some violins. Thomastik Peter Infelds are deep, warm, and powerful but also brilliant + very long lasting, Tziganes are a tad warmer and more complex but they don't last as long before dying. Zyex are very loud and direct and warm, but aren't as refined as the other strings if you like strings that respond well to volume changes. Plain gut probably would be best for the sound you want, but its a big change from synthetic and I wouldn't advise it for everybody.
Russell--I was looking for the same type of string as you and I settled on Infeld Red for my old violin and have been happy with them; I have Obligatos on my new violin. I tried Kaplan Amo and was not pleased.