Comparing 7 String Sets.... which one??
I’ve been reading a lot of posts here on violinist.com about strings, as I’m needing a new set, and have narrowed my choices down to 7:
I’ve heard several great things about all of these. I’m currently leaning toward Violino. I need some help making a choice tho! 😅 So I’d LOVE to get more info on these in particular.
I’ve been using Obligato mediums, and love the darkness. However, I wanted to experiment a bit, maybe try for something that’s still nice and warm but sweeter, and that’s nice for just playing solo (full/powerful, but not harsh/extra loud).
I’d also like to know how long these last, especially as far as tone.
Are there any good combinations with these?
I mostly like playing more romantic type repertoire, like the Accolay and Thais Meditation, and (someday...) Tchaik’s violin concerto & Zigeunerweizen. So not a lot of Mozart type or anything. 👌
Ultimately it will depend on your equipment and how you produce your tone. May I ask how did you narrow it down to these options? You have basically the whole string spectrum there.
Also, if anyone’s considering Obligato, I can say they’re really nice. Dark tone, pretty smooth to play, and they helped the wolf tone I have on the G (whereas a Thomastik that a luthier tried on my violin brought out the wolf and was quite bright). The A string is just now unraveling after 7 months of use. The G and for the most part the D still have quality tone.
The Violino set fixed some problems on one of my student's fiddle. Since you prefer the dark sound, and already can afford the Obligato set, I would suggest the relatively new Warchal Amber. The best value, sound/price might be the D'Addario Pro-Arte, a good replacement for the more expensive Dominant.
Out of those, I’m a staunch warchal amber fan. Lovely strings, break in easily, play nicely, good durability.
You can exclude Olivs, they're gut strings. I never used them, but colegues of mine say gut strings are nightmare, well, no matter how great they sound, not worth it for obvious reasons.
For warm and sweet sound, has to be Passione and/or Vision Solo with a sweet E (Infeld Red gold E or Pirastro Universal No.1 E).
That's the way to do it, Ariana! Try one after another and you will know when you like it
If you want to stick to the sets on your list, I’d say the Warchal Amber set would be my pick for something that’s warm but a little brighter.
I’ve used pro arte recently and they are dark to the point of being dull and the A string was never right to me. Once I’ve changed to dominant with pirastro gold string everything got better, also the color winding at the end near the bridge was looking like crap since day 0.
But serious players also buy other strings. I'm just wondering if they DO actually get more money -- that is, if ~twice as many people wouldn't buy these strings if they were ~50% cheaper.
I for one have never used Evah Pirazzis, not only because of their price but because they have a reputation for going downhill suddenly. Makes it hard to keep used strings as emergency spares, and I really don't like the possibility of needing new strings on short notice.
You will probably be changing strings many, many times between this next change and when you are playing Tchaik’s violin concerto & Zigeunerweizen. And there will be many new brands by then.
Thank you all for your inputs, they are appreciated!
Hi Ariana. I play an €400 'beginner violin' that's quite rough and loud in sound. I'm overly sensitive to shrillness or loud sounds, which give me headaches. That means, I've tried quite a few sets of strings on my violin.
Ok, we can all share our experiences, but it cannot be stressed enough that nobody can tell what works best for you.
Bear in mind that if you buy 7 sets of strings, your choice is not among seven things but among an absolutely astronomical number of things because you can mix and match.
Some that were not mentioned (or I missed it). I’ll use Obligato as a point of reference.
OP, what is it that you wish to do with your violin? I might recommend very different strings, and a very different setup for a soloist, than I would for an amateur who is playing for their own pleasure, and who cares mostly about how a violin sounds "under their ear".
The thing is, strings response to certain instruments (and players) is better than others, not to mention individual preferences, hence difficult to recommend any particular string (and tension) without knowing the instrument and player intimately. That said, certain characteristics remain fairly constant such as response, break-in time, longevity and projection and these are fairly well documented.
I would agree, with the exception of response and projection. For example, Evahs will enhance these on some violins, and seriously suppress them on others.
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