Durable E string with warm sound?
Im getting frustrated with my girls violins E string. For some reason her fingers damage the Evah Pirazzi E string in a month :( Have no idea why, the string becomes dark where she presses the string and the sound goes unclean, even though we do clean the strings. And she eats healthily, no fast foods or excess sugars.
The E string is not expensive but it is harder to find and anyway, it would be much better to find a string that can handle her fingers for a bit longer. The other strings seem to last longer luckily.
So I came across an article recommending gold-coated E strings for corrosion. Any recommendations? She plays a 1/4 . Any other recommendations how to make the E string playable longer? And we like the sound of the Evah string.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Warchal Amber E, which is some sort of stainless or semi-stainless alloy. The medium gauge is a little tinny, but I imagine the heavy is a bit more warm.
The gold plated strings are definitely what you do *not* want: the gold wears off quite quickly.
This is a function of the composition of a player's sweat. Some players tarnish E strings very quickly. I can easily tarnish something like a Jarger E enough for it to go false within two weeks.
Thank you :) Ill keep Pi platinum and warchal amber in mind for later, when I find them.
If they have the Pirastro Tonica E "wound with aluminum" in the shop, I would go with that one...imho.
I would not characterize a wound "E" string as being durable, IMHO.
For this instance just buy a Gold Label E for the competition, then think about tbis matter afterwards. Some people that have this situation just buy a lot of affordable Goldbrokats and rrplace as needed every few weeks. They are not too expensive.
I would get the Pirastro Tonica "silvery steel" E (not the aluminum-wound E), because it is nearly identical to the EP E string. It is the exact same material as Pirastro's silvery steel E for the Evah Pirazzi set, and is just minutely thinner than the E for the EP set.
Wouldn't the aluminum wound Tonica E be warmer than the silvery steel version? Can't speak to the durability...
My son has very sweaty fingers; we've been using Goldbrokat E from 1/8 to 1/2 now with good success. Recently he switched to Goldbrokat gold E which it's a bit warmer; both Goldbrokat paired well with Obligato on his instruments. With current black friday sales, Goldbrokat-$1.20 and Goldborkat gold-$3.16; we don't hesitate to string up a new E string every 2 to 3 weeks.
I was also going to suggest using Goldbrokat, regular or gold, and just replacing them as needed. 1/4 size Violin? I don't think you ever get a "warm" or beautiful tone until she grows into the 3/4 size.
I greatly prefer the Tonica alumimum wound E to the silvery one.
I'm not a huge fan of the EP silvery steel E either (and I certainly wouldn't characterize it as remotely warm), but since OP likes it, the Tonica E is the closest thing they can buy given what's in stock at their luthier.
I also recommend Goldbrokat. I'm slightly confused by the term "warm" since I don't tend to conceptualize the E string as ever having a particularly warm sound. If what you mean is that you want a string that isn't too bright (i.e. prioritizes the fundamental pitch over its overtones), Goldbrokat is a good choice. I haven't tried the gold variety but I'd defer to H Y on that.
OP's kid is on a quarter-size violin. The E strings on little violins are often tinny and harsh. I suspect what they want is something that just sounds decently resonant.
I like the gold label E by pirastro. Its unwound and lasts as long as my other strings. I play every day and change my strings every 6-8 months.
I second Joel here:
The Pirastro No1, is a wound E, less bright than the wound E's in the Eudoxa and Tonica sets.