Is it time to change my e string?? Any similar E's to infeld red??
Hi all! I've had my sets of infeld red strings on my violin for around 3 months and today my A just broke so I might want to buy different strings to try my A & E since I'm really loving the infeld red D & G
I do have a question on E's though.. I love how the infeld red E sounded; the warmth is just about right for me. However, it started to whistle from time to time..
Worst part is these few weeks i'm having major issues with it because it sounds really HORRIBLE when i tune on fifths with A string.. the E just couldn't sound properly when it's on open strings with A. it's the same when my teacher tried to tune as well..
Does this just mean the strings should be changed or does this got to do with the response??
Also, I would appreciate if anyone could advise on any E strings that sound similar to infeld red's warmness? and lasts longer & whistles less? I've been thinking obligatos but I did hear some reviews that the response is slow.. I would love if it had infeld red's warm, adding some sweetness and slightly more powerful (i don't know if that makes sense xD)
Also need some advice on A's! I do find that my violin tend to be weaker on A's. I remembered I pretty like the punch from vision solos but it's not warming to my ears, hence i kinda had a love=hate relationship with it. Infeld red ones didn't have any partciular warmness nor punch nor sweetness to it.
Thanks all in advance!
When I used the Infeld Reds in the past I started to use an Infeld Blue A string with the set. I really enjoyed the blue as opposed to the red A string! You could give that a try if you were interested in trying a different A.
I'm using Warchal Amber E, and the Russian A.
Pirastro Oliv E medium or stark. Stark would be closer to the Infeld Red E in tension, but the Medium *may* work better for your instrument (I do not know what your instrument needs.) Both gauges are nice strings, though I have been avoiding stark Es for some time.
Thank you all for the replies! Will consider them. I've read about warchal amber E too and I would love to try them but they aren't available at any of the stores in my country... And I'm not really keen on buying online. So maybe I'll give a try for the few other strings
I tried obligato’s once. They were ok, pretty but not quite focused enough for my personal taste. I didn’t dislike them per say but didn’t like them enough to buy again. After they had worn out I went back to the Infeld red/blue set mentioned above.
I liked a light, regular larsen gold plated E I tried last year. Worth noting that they all sound different despite the gold plating. The Larsen has a bit more higher frequency extension, slightly less body than Oliv, but a nice, penetrating though non-biting edge. Both are good options, and all boils down to personal and instrument preference. The nice thing about the regular Larsen gold plated is that the tension is not too much-but they may have changed the gauges since last I used it (check a current catalog info.)
Thanks once again for all the insights! I might consider trying EP gold / obligato for the A's, and EP gold / obligato / Larsen for E's.
Obligato gold E is also gold-coated, similar to the Infeld Red and the Larsen. If do not necessarily go with a gold E, you may have a few better options.
I see thanks Zhi-Yi! Will have to consider again which to try first..
I seriously doubt that "goldsteel" is an alloy containing iron and gold.
Note that the bow can well have a dramatic effect on the tone, not just volume but the tone color. Which is why I, and many others, have more than one bow in the violin case.