G string recommendations

Edited: October 3, 2019, 2:38 PM · I am looking for a new brand of G string. My violin is relatively bright and resonates quite well, so my other strings are Goldbrokat E, and Dominants for A and D. Thus far, I have tried using Vision and Obligato G's. The former gives me the power and response I want, but the tone is a bit too bright, and it makes the rest of fiddle too rich in overtones (the E string produces a less meaty sound with the Vision G bc the fundamental gets lost). The Obligato G gives me the depth and complexity I want and takes away some of the excessive overtones from the higher strings. However, the response is an issue - I have to work way too hard to get a tone with core for short notes and long notes (like the opening of Tzigane) force me to almost press to get the volume I want. Do any of you know of a string that might help me out (i.e. give me the power and responsiveness I want while not sacrificing warmth depth and complexity)? Thanks for your advice. I am going to a luthier tomorrow and will ask his opinion as well.

Replies (8)

October 3, 2019, 2:45 PM · I highly recommend trying Pirastro Oliv (rigid) G.
October 3, 2019, 3:13 PM · Another to consider is the Warchal Amber G which seems to me to have the attributes you are looking for, as well as being very stable and long-lasting.
October 3, 2019, 3:18 PM · Try pirastro violino.
October 3, 2019, 5:31 PM · Aquila medium wound gut G, or a heavy Gamut Academie G.
October 3, 2019, 6:17 PM · Oliv rigid G! It may seem expensive, but it lasts a long time and it will give you all the complexity you want.
October 3, 2019, 6:23 PM · This sounds like it's an adjustment balance issue to some degree.
October 3, 2019, 6:40 PM · What was wrong with the Dominant G?
Edited: October 3, 2019, 8:48 PM · It could be a problem of G string tension.
You can do a preliminary test by lowering and/or raising the pitch of the open G a half step. If either of these helps you would probably benefit by a lower or higher tension string, depending on which way it goes.


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