Selecting a steel E for use with gut
The gut strings I use mostly, and have been for some years, are Pirastro Chorda. I like to use their gut E, but for practical reasons (string life) the E I'm currently using in combination with the gut lower strings is Lenzner's Goldbrokat, light gauge (0.26). I find it preferable to the medium gauge Goldbrokat. However, I'm looking for a steel E that is closer in tone, and perhaps feel, to a gut E. Can someone recommend such a string, please?
The music I play, in ensemble, is predominantly from the Baroque and Classical eras.
I know you like Chordas, but have you considered trying another brand for the E? Some say that it is the least reliable brand for durability (not sound quality, per se), so perhaps a varnished Gamut or SuperSolo might fill the bill incrementally better.
I believe .26 is actually the medium gauge for Goldbrokat. .27 is heavy and there’s also a .28, which I’ve never tried. I personally love Goldbrokat. It’s my favorite steel E to use. The Pirastro Tonica E is also quite a good string in my opinion.
"A steel E that is closer to gut". Rrrright.
The Warchal Amber e is the most gut-like plain (sort-of) steel e I have played, but everyone here is more expert than I.
Your best bet is probably going to be a wound E string. They may not great, but since you're playing gut you might like the sound as wound Es are warmer and not as piercing. Non-Baroque/Classical era musicians usually don't like wound Es due to lack of projection and brilliance.
I find Pirastro's No1 wound E warmer than the Eudoxa or Tonica equivalents.
What Paul says about himself almost certainly qpplies to me too, and I can add that for me, the whistle-resistance of Warchal outweighs everything else (Think "Open E bariolage") - and for the Amber the "everything else" is more in its favour than against.
Thank you, everybody, for your useful and informative responses.
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