Woolly string, and which to try...
Oops. My first post and I managed to mess it up. Apologies. I am looking for some advice as my strings need to be replaced and I’ve always thought the G is a little woolly in higher positions. I have Obligato strings on at the moment, with a gold E that I can’t remember the provenance of.
Ambers are warm and textured strings, while obligatos I think are warm and maybe a bit more focused. I don't think Ambers will help unless it is a tension problem (Ambers are less then Obligatos) as some people find the Amber G wooly as well.
Some good suggestions, thanks.
A couple of my violins had "woolly" upper G strings and the problem was cured when I switched just their E strings to Thomastik Peter Infeld Platinum-Plated E strings. Following that (a year ago) I switched both those violins to full sets of Warchal Timbre strings.
Be aware that Obligatos are a great string to reduce wolf notes - so if your violin is prone to them they may get worse with a higher-tension string. Just something to look out for.
Ha! Indeed. Sheep are wonderful, but I’d rather my violin didn’t sound like one...
I believe the Timbre are powerful, with a warmish, full core, but also have nice clarity in the higher positions with the exception of the G on my violin. They are not as powerful as the more powerful synthetics, but certainly not too mellow either. Amber are probably just a step down volume wise (from what I read-have not used them.)
Larsen Tzigane worked very well eliminating a woolly G for me on a 1925 Czech violin I had for a few years. I subsequently gave it to my adult son when he got more serious about playing violin (in his late 40s).
Indeed I have not tried the Tzigane, but since they were supposed to be strings with a warm character, I thought the opposite would be true. I assume the tension would also make a difference, for better or worse.
I agree about the Obligato G, though they are excellent strings. I would try the Ambers first. I find they sound much better on my violins; the G is certainly well focused (not woolly), fairly close to Eudoxa in sound. EP Gold seemed to me to create a lot of nasty overtones. I would also recommend trying out Warchal Brilliants (focused and bright), or their Brilliant Vintage (somewhat softer with lower tension) designed for antique violins. Haven't been able to get my hands on a set of Warchal Timbre yet, but I intend to give them a try. The Brilliants seem to me similar in quality to Vision Titanium Solo, which are very popular, loud, and have a clear & focused G; they (the Brilliants) project just as well but sound less brash, and they retain their good sound considerably longer.
I’ve ordered a Wondertone Solo G, so I’ll see how I get on with that. I might give Ambers a go for the D and A, to see how they work out. I’ve already got an Amber E on order - the spiral one.
My luthier hears no difference in projection on my 18th century (copy) instrument between Ambers and the Vision Solos that were installed. Not saying yours would be the same...
Projection is not a problem if you are playing for yourself.
As a gut string user I always say "Thank you, girls!" whenever I pass a field of sheep.
"One can do a crude test of projection by playing your violin in cello position. The sound difference between that and chin position can be quite surprising."
I am using a Wondertone Solo G with Evah A and D - it works better for me than the Evah (medium) G because of the lower tension - I believe even lower than the Evah G in low-tension gauge. It's more responsive than the Evah G was, though not quite as brilliant. I actually think the Obligato G might work even better for me than the Wondertone Solo G, but I suspect that it might indeed be a bit 'wooly,' which the Wondertone Solo G isn't.
Wondertone G is sounding good, and I am fond of the Amber E too.
"... playing your violin/viola in cello position."
""... playing your violin/viola in cello position."
Sorry, my previous post may have been expecting a little too much. Perhaps I should have mentioned that it probably helps when playing violin in the cello position if you have already learned to play the cello to a good vibrato level.
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