Infeld Reds - Pirastro Perpetual
I have Perpetuals on one of my violins, and I like them. About a year ago I backed over my busking fiddle (splinters) and I've gone thru 3 fiddles trying to find one that I was happy with. Recently got a good Eastman that I like. It came with Infeld Reds (unlikely as that may seem?) but I really couldn't find anything wrong with the sound and playability with the Reds. with the Reds the fiddle sounds warm to medium warm, quite open, but still nicely focused, all of which I like. Although it did have a Eudoxa E which I switched out for a D'Addario Prelude E. I've always thought those cheap Prelude E's are a great string...warm, good volume, clear, play nicely, and I like the medium tension. I've used Prelude E's on many of my fiddles over the years. The Prelude E focused the Reds much better than the Eudoxa E.
maybe someday I'll try Perpetuals on this Eastman, but as they say...If it aint broke, don't fix it. and at $145.00 a set here in Calgary Alberta for Perpetuals (which includes the $22.00 Platinum coated E) I'm gonna stay with the Infeld Reds at least until they're dead as door nails.
So.... I'd very much like opinions on either or both these sets.
I have not used Perpetuals, thus, would not be able to comment. However, I do like Infeld Reds. Recently, I just changed from Obligatos to Infeld Reds on one instrument, which is neutral (slightly leaning towards to bright side) sounding. Compared to Obligatos, they appear to be mellower, sweeter, clearer, and more direct, yet still powerful, possibly not as warm, rich or complex as Obligatos.
Zhi-Yi-Zhang: Thank you for the input. Makes me feel better to know that I'm not completely alone with the Reds. I think that is a good assessment of Reds compared to Obligatos, although I've never been a fan of Obligatos.
I bought Infeld Reds many, many years ago as part of the Blue/Red 2-sets--for-the-price-of-one deal when they were first sold. The idea was that one could mix the strings to optimize for one's fiddle. and I did mix. I think that was over 30 years ago.
I think the Infeld Reds/Blues came out around 2000.
....I tried a blue G on the Eastman when it still had the Eudoxa E, looking for a bit more focus. When I went to the Prelude E, I also went back to the Red G. The Prelude E with the G,D,A Reds was the best.
E strings, like all the other strings, are highly individual instrument-dependent.
I've never ventured into the realm of light and heavy strings. I'm sure the myriad permutations of light medium and heavy would drive me batty, not to mention breaking the bank.