Next string set advise
Looking for a new set of strings for the violin.
Prev. it had Tonica (red).
Then I´ve changed to Vision Solo and it was HUGE improvement. Far more sound and far better sound.
I´ve experimented with E-strings as well, Jager E (non-forte) and Goldbrokat. Full Vision Solo were preferred (more balanced), GB on 2nd and Jag on 3rd.
Right now I´m looking to improve it even more. Preferably make it more direct (stand out, soloist sound) and add more texture/richness to it.
Looking at different charts, perhaps Vision Solo Titanium would be a good choice? Or Pirastro Wondertone Solo?
As well, I´ve heard so much great about Warchal Amber, but I´m not sure they will fit the bill here?
or experiment with:
And either Brilliant Vintage D and G or Solo Vision D and G?
PS: I´ve been looking on those 3 charts, however, they do show slightly different for same strings:
Heavy plain gut from Gamut.
For my next set I'm actually going to try the Brilliant Vintage G and D, Russian Style A, and Amber E. If I like that then I'll try the same set, but with the Avantgarde A.
String preferences are so personal... That being said, I like Vision Solo Titanium much better than the regular Solos. I have tried medium & forte Warchal Amber "E" strings and really didn't care for them. Jarger E-forte give more punch to the other 3 strings and work well with The Vision Solo Titaniums. If you want a more direct, stand out, soloist sound, they may work for you and are also very durable. Of course this all
It can be a crap shoot!
@ Christian. I am very happy they worked you. Like I said, it is a personal choice. I did give them a try and went back to to the Jarger E-forte. I find the the same type of strings will not always react the same on different instruments.
Thank you everyone for the input!
@Christian, I would hands-down try the Avantgarde A over the Russian-style A. I think the Avantgarde has a better sound. (I've been a regular user of it, and I've used the Russian-style previously too.)
By the way, any thoughts on Pirastro Wondertone Solo?
Pavel, what is it that you use your violin for, and that you want to optimize sound for?
Strings really make a small difference compared to the violin and the way it's set up. I prefer gut because the response is more intutive and I like the natural tone I get. But any audience member sitting 50 feet away in the mezzanine wouldn't be able to tell if my strings are plain gut or red labels. What they can tell is whether or not they can hear me over whoever else is onstage.
Evah Pirazzi served me well particularly for that purpose. Of course it’s entirley individual but my first gut reaction on what you said was Evah pirrazhi
If you are tempted to try EP, consider Thomastik Rondo instead. And yes— the PI Pt E is quite lovely in many settings.
Sounds like your Tonica strings were old and past their prime, any new set of strings would have probably been better. Including a new set of Tonica.
I would start with ensuring that the violin is well set-up, and that the strings are routinely changed -- every three months or so.
Lydia, do you have any intention of trying the Timbre steel A and E with the full Timbre set or do you feel the Avantgarde A and Amber E is good enough?
I intend to try the Timbre set again later when the steel A and new G string are available. That will probably be sometime this summer.
I don't think you'll find anything that projects more than Vision Solo.
1) Fresh strings will always sound great replacing dead strings.
If using Vi Ti Solo, consider using its original E, as it has a very penetrating, clear sound (though I agree Westminsters are not bad at all.)
I have been using Pi strings and spent the money on the platinum E (had been using the regular Pi E up until that point) as a sort of treat prior to a recital which was needed but man, I chose the wrong string. It whistled throughout my recital which was mortifying - nothing helped!- the day after my recital I took it off, and replaced with a Goldbrokat (as that was what I had in my case, they don't last very long but they are cheap so...) lo and behold, no more whistling.