Karneol Viola Strings
In March I posted a question about the Karneols, and I finally got around to getting some!
I just put them on about an hour ago, and even just tuning them up without the bow (I don't want to wake people up), I like them loads more than the Dominants.
I'll play them in a bit tomorrow and post an update!
Let's hope it stops raining and the humidity goes down in my room... It's 55%, which I like normally, but my pegs are sticky! I can get them almost to pitch, but I'm not quite strong enough to get that last bit without using the fine tuners. Maybe it's a sign that I should head to the gym... And get a dehumidifier... I applied graphite to them before changing each string.
I love Karneol viola strings. At $42 a set, they are an incredible value and sound good on many instruments. The only criticism I have is that the wound A string is not always a good match for some violas because of the way it responds, thus I am currently using the Karneol C/G/D with a Larsen A.
I am looking forward to try Karneol strings on my violin. But I don't think that will be my perfect string match because my violin is quite dark, but let's see :)
Martin, if it's really dark, and your violin is an antique, I highly recommend the Brilliant Vintage!! They have a combo with the BV D and G, Russian A, and Amber E and my dark violin LOOOVES them. I've got Timbres on now, which are just okay, but will definitely switch back to the combo when these die. If your violin is newer (I think the vintage strings are for instruments 100 years old and older) then I bet the regular Brilliants would be perfect!
Martin - you can order directly from the Warchal web site. And if you register an account you can get your first trial set of each type at half the price.
Oh, yes Martin order right from them! It took me a month to get mine, but I'm in the US so you're a lot closer.
I know, they are amazing, I love their company, but from their website, the price of Brilliants Vintage is 90eur (not at first shop in here). And on British e-shop (I will give a link) is the same strings, but 27usd cheaper, and the same thing for all Warchal strings. Incl. shipping, from Slovakia, is shipping 6euros and from England 2 pounds (almost same as 2 euros). But it is an option.
Kristen, yes You motivated me :) I will definitely try as soon as my strings go out. :) I tried Ametyst and Nefrit already, they are great, but it did not match my violin for 100%, these can I think.
I think you are allowed to use the trial discount once PER STRING TYPE. So even if you already tried Ametyst you should still be able to get the discount on the Brilliant
You can use the discount for the combo, too! But, if it's still too expensive (it's expensive for me too, I almost didn't order the Karneols), then I'm sure ordering abroad is good too! :)
Bo: Oh, great I will ask before, thanks for hint :)
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