What E string do better players choose with nylon strings
I've just been looking at nylon strings online and noticed that some come with an aluminum wound e string and some don't. One set even comes with both. D'Adario Pro Artes are $2 a set more with an aluminum wound E while individually they are 5 dollars difference per individual string. They seem to have a silver wound set that I saw but can now never find- anybody know?
What do better players prefer? Is the wound E a better balance, or is the pricing just due to more production process.
I thought that aluminum winding on steel strings on my first cheapie violin wore particularly quickly. Does aluminum wear better on nylon cores than steel?
Silver and nickel nylon wrapping seem likely better but harder to find.
any thoughts? Sorry if this is old news.
There is no nylon E string available. All E strings are either plain gut, or coated steel or wound steel. There is also one consisting of steel rope and winding. E strings wound with silver are neither available. There are silvery steel strings, but silvery steel has nothing in common with silver.
What Bohdan said.
I'm sorry- my last couple of sentences were regarding the string sets as a whole- and I guess I said aluminum wound instead of coated.
Your first description was right, aluminium coated E string is a nonsense :-)
I can confirm from personal experience that the Warchal Amber E indeed has a sweet ringing tone that extends to very end of the fingerboard and beyond. Furthermore, it does not whistle - not that I've ever had a whistling E. Needless to say, the Amber E works very well with Warchal's steel "Russian" A and their Amber D and G, and also with low tension strings such as plain and wound gut. I'd say it is now my preferred E string on my 18thc violin.
Mr Warchal is our resident expert on strings. His Amber E is a good one, gaining in popularity. In your search for an optimum E string, you can start at the low end of the price list with Goldbrokat, try all three gauges. It is very common to Not use the E that comes in the complete set. Ex. Those that use the Dominant set usually do not use it's E. I have always been suspicious about E's that are electroplated with another metal; gold, platinum, etc. The layer is only a few atoms thick and should not affect significantly the mass, density, elasticity. But, I recently tried the Goldbrokat Gold, only $6, and it is different, better, than the regular plain steel ($2). Aluminum is a soft metal, wears and breaks easily, so I prefer a silver wrapped D, plain steel E. The A string is tricky, you have a choice of aluminum wrapped A or steel A.
Trevor, I know it is possible. Nevertheless, I do not recommend you tuning Amber E (or any other Warchal wavy strings) by peg. By overtuning them (even if just for a short moment) you do straighten them more than necessary and therefore reducing their whistling protection effect.
Well, I guess this is some of what started my questions:
You can simulate a baroque violin by getting a regular violin and then just saw off the last couple of inches of the fingerboard.
i haven't the slightest idea why sawing off a fingerboard would be good for anything...