Gold E String For Sweaty Hands
I moved to synthetic strings last year after playing on metal strings for years. I found that the E string often rusts after 2 to 4 weeks of playing it, especially on the occasion that I don't play for a couple of days. I heard that gold E strings are less likely to be vulnerable to corrosion and rusting. Are gold E strings significantly resistant to corrosion and rusting than regular E strings? Aside from that, how else is a gold E string different from a regular one in terms of sound, playability, and responsiveness?
My options are Evah Pirazzi Gold E and Goldbrokat 24K E. How do they differ and how do they affect the overall sound of the other strings?
Edit: I have Thomastik-Infeld Visions on my violin right now.
I have not used the Goldbrokat gold plated E, but if you must use gold plated Es and are on a budget, use the Goldbrokats. All the gold plated Es differ a bit in tone, but have a characteristic tonal palette that also tends to "enhance" the tonal brilliance of the other strings. My favorite Gold Plated Es are the Oliv, and the Larsen-have used others, but way too many years ago. I did use the EP gold plated E a lot in the past, but forgot its tone (I was a different player as well.) It is different than the Oliv-supposedly brighter (though the Oliv is quite brilliant itself.)
Thank you! The price difference between the EP and the Goldbrokat here are negligible so it doesn't matter to me. I also forgot to mention that I'm using Thomastik-Infeld Visions right now. I'll include that in the main post.
In that case, I would go for the Pirastro just because I know it's a reliable, bright gold plated E. The Goldbrokat may be better or worse, but I just do not know it (of course I know the regular goldbrokat.) Perhaps order one of each?
I too burn through E strings through corrosion. I've found that the single most corrosion-resistant string for me is the platinum PI E string, but it's $40.
Gold plated E strings tend to be a little warmer in sound than plain steel E strings. Pirastro makes a gold-plated E for the Evah Pirazzi and Obligato lines, and Thomastik and Goldbrokat have versions as well.
Gold Plated E strings sooner or later loose their plating,especially with players that have sweaty hands. Have you thought about trying stainless steel Es? They do not corrode/rust and have a wonderful sound, I can personally recommend trying the Warchal Ametyst E (same tension as the Pirastro Oliv E).
Worry not, my fellow ruster: there are strings made specifically for people like us!
I just looked into stainless steel E’s and apparently Evah Pirazzi Gold E is made of stainless steel and not gold plated! Perhaps I was just misguided by the name into thinking it was gold plated. Warchal Amber E is more expensive here so the EP it is. I’m not playing live music anyway, just practicing at home during quarantine. I’m just looking for a long lasting E string that wont’t rust every now and then. Warchal Amber E seems to be a favorite here, I guess I’ll have to try it when things normalize. Thank you all so much! Happy practicing!
Sounds like the EP is ideal, especially if it is not expensive.
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