How do Ambers and Obilagatos compare?
As you may have already seen other post by me I recently purchased a new violin and am on a string hunt without having to buy a lot of the strings first. I've only ever used EP's in the past on my old instrument so I haven't experimented much, however, these are much too shrill for my current one. I was wondering how the Obilagatos compare to the Warchal ambers. Which ones are warmer/softer? I know that obligates are dark but what about the ambers? Overall which ones produce a more subtle sound.
Obligato is very expensive to be used on a regular basis. You may try Amber first and stay if you found that sound pleasing
I have not used Pirastro Obligatos for years. I have started to use Warchal Ambers and Timbres in the past year.
It will depend on your violin, but I tend to agree with Andrew. They are both good strings. I think Obligatos are bolder sounding, under the ear, but they don't last as long. Ambers are softer and subtler, and have proved to be a much better match for my main violin, which projects strongly whatever string I use. I never liked the sound of EP very much --- too bright and I thought lacking in complexity. They also seemed to me to have a shorter life-span than Obligatos. The Ambers respond more like Eudoxas, which were once my standard.
Warchal's strings are terrific value for the money, and quite long-lasting.
Obligatos are the warmer of the two. Amber wouldn’t be a bad choice as a switch from Evahs, though. It really comes down to your preference and your intended use.
My early c20th German trade violin loves both. I find the obligato darker and the sound seems to carry further while the ambers are sweeter, more delicate, and easier to play. They have more clarity under my ear, but I'm not sure how that carries to a listener.
Garish. That's exactly how the EP struck me on my violins. And EP gold was even worse.
Obligatos aren't very expensive, they cost almost the same and will last longer.
I love both Amber and Obligato. I actually used Amber E + Obligato GDA or Warchal Brilliant Vintage GDA + Amber E mainly.