New Strings: Corelli Solea
Just noticed that Savarez has released a new line of strings.
As usual the description promises to be the ultimate in everything - which we know isn't possible. My take is that - unlike most new sets - this appears to be focused on sound quality and responsiveness. This is bolstered by the tension chart, which is highly unusual - the G is what I would call medium-high while the A and D are lower tension than any other medium tension synthetic set. I think I'll buy a set and see. My violin likes lower tension middle strings.
I don't understand your comment "unlike most new sets" -- don't you think that all string manufacturers are trying to focus on sound quality and responsiveness? What do you think they are trying to focus on instead? I'm truly curious since all the publicity I see about most sets of violin strings mention their tone and responsiveness. I can't think of what else other than longevity they might be trying to focus on. Certainly not price.
A company with a new product certainly wants to sell a lot to be profitable and when Dominant strings first came out they advertised everywhere to promote this new type of synthetic string and it worked for them . I think it is exciting and fun to try out new types of strings and rosin in the never ending quest for the best sound possible from our instrument and feel that lower tension strings are better for the longevity of our violins
David, you are correct in that my words are not well-chosen. I was trying to not ramble but the result was even more meaningless. I guess what I mean by sound in quality is a warm rich sound, which is easily modulated (using different contact points). Most recent string sets (Rondo, Perpetual, Timbre) are setting records for the highest tension "medium" sets. This is good for projection and focus but not as good for contact point flexibility and warmer sounds (although I think Rondo and Timbre aim to produce warmer sounding high tension strings). Compare say a Eudoxa to a Perpetual (an extreme comparison): Eudoxa had a much more rich and warm sound, and would win at orchestral PP dyanmics (don't underestimate this if you are an orchestral player) but when attempting to play FFF will always sound much much softer and diffuse than Perpetual.
Thanks for sharing the news, Mr. Kruer.
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