Here are some of my reflections on each string:
Jargar Forte: The first thing I noticed is the volume. My violin is much louder with the Jargar, including on the lower strings. The Jargar seems to open up the sound of the instrument. The e-string itself plays very well. It is easy to articulate in high positions and it has a bright, projecting sound. However, the e-string does stand out as different from the lower Dominant strings. I think the Jargar Forte is good for soloistic playing and romantic concerto repertoire.
Pirastro Gold: This string gives my violin a sweet sound. The whole sound, including the lower strings, gain a little bit of mystery (maybe this is what is described as a darker sound). The e-string plays well and has a beautiful singing sound. It just sounds very nice. It integrates well into the set of Dominants in terms of sound and tension. I think the Pirastro Gold is good for Classical and Baroque repertoire and chamber music.
Both are good e-strings with Dominants. As I mainly play for myself or in an orchestra section, I think I will stick with the Pirastro Gold.
Do others have a similar experience with these two stings?
How does the e-string affect the sound of the lower 3-strings?
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