Perlon core string life span
Hi all : This week I had the A and D of the Larsen Tzigane that suddenly overnight just lost all their tensions and died (after about 4 months of playing)... First time I had this happen, anyone else experienced something similar with perlon core strings?
I do love the sound and playability of Tzigane but was thinking of maybe trying the Peter Infeld again, how are the infelds in terms of life span ? (I only had a D on for 2 days, almost as good but liked the depth of Tzigane better)
thanks for your inputs everyone.
That's too long between string changes , if you practice at all.
I found larsen Tzigane to be "funny" strings. They were not good on all but one of my violins when I tried them some years ago - but on that one violin they were pretty outstanding and made it possible to play 2 octaves up the G string; saving that fiddle as far as I was concerned. (That violin had been a gift from a former adult student.)
In my experience the nylon/perlon cored strings (e.g. Dominant, Tonica, or the polyester cored Aricore) deteriorate a whole lot more slowly than the more recent "composite" cores, as well as being on average of a lower tension. I dont know the composition of Larsen strings.
EP Gold died on me within a couple of bow strokes after about 1 month. I refused to believe that, so I desperately tried to play pianissimo and/or in tune for a week.... a real catastrophe.
Hmm guess 3 - 4 months seem to be the average life span for these strings these days... I will probably stick with Tzigane as they do sound and play the closest to gut / Oliv
My experience with nylon (aka "Perlon") core strings is that they wear out and go dull even when they still look fine. They aren't long lasting. I think the strings based on other synthetic fibers hold up better (Evahs, Vision, PI, etc.)
After a month my ep golds lost their texture. I think dominants and visions are perlon, which means that core probably lasts longer.
My experience with Larsen strings is that all of them are really short-lived. A month is about all I've gotten out of them. When strings were cheaper, I was willing to pay that price. Not at this point.
I think it's interesting how different our perception is about useful string life.
The life of any string set will vary based on the amount of practicing one does. Players who practice and perform more tend to need to change strings more often.
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