What are some good E-strings to use with Dominant G, D, A strings?

Edited: November 20, 2017, 8:36 AM · I'm looking for a good E-string to blend with with Dominant G, D, and A strings. I would like something with a warmer, rounder, less tinny sound. My violin tends to be very loud, so I would like something that is a bit less shrill. I've heard good things about Pirastro Eudoxa and Oliv e-strings, as well as Lenzer Goldbrokats. I know that a lot of people like to use Pirastro Gold e's with Dominant strings, but I haven't had a good experience with these before, as they tend to rust very easily. If anyone has a good suggestion, I would appreciate any input!

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Edited: November 20, 2017, 8:50 AM · have you tried the wound Dominant e, there are other wound es, Eudoxa has it as an option, I believe. Wound e will solve the shrillness factor, I think almost all solid steel es are going to have that problem on your violin, maybe Pirastro Evah gold e
November 20, 2017, 9:39 AM · I had some success with Warchal Amber E with Dominants G, D, and A after experimenting with Goldbrokat and Pirastro Gold. If you have trouble with whistling, Amber E is a solution. Hope this helps.
November 20, 2017, 10:00 AM · I really like Olive Es, and have happily used them with Dominants.
November 20, 2017, 10:10 AM · Sung, his problem is not with whistling, his problem is on his violin the e sounds to shrill or bright, I don't think any steel e, amber or otherwise is going to be noticeably less shrill, that's why I recommended a wound e.
Edited: November 20, 2017, 10:31 AM · Lyndon,

I mentioned whistling because it is a common problem with the E string so I thought it was good to know. Also I recommended Amber E to OP because it sounded less shrilling than Dominant or Pirastro Gold E to my ears. Hope this clears up a bit.

November 20, 2017, 10:36 AM · The Hill Heavy Gauge is working well with the Infeld Blue strings on my instrument.
November 21, 2017, 1:30 AM · Jargar Forte or Medium are both good choices for an E string paired with Dominants.
November 21, 2017, 2:33 AM · Most professionals will not use the DOMINANT E string. The same for the DOMINANT A string.
LARSEN and JARGAR E strings are popular choices.
Edited: November 21, 2017, 5:08 AM · I actually like the wound Dominant E: sweet and singing.

But then I am a violist..

November 21, 2017, 6:42 AM · @ Manfio -- do you mean the Violin E and the Viola A, specifically? Many violinists use the A -- it is fine.

Best E's for Dominants?

Gold Label

November 21, 2017, 6:58 AM · I have a Goldbrokat to go or a Gold Label. I don't know why, but stuff with the name 'gold' somehow makes it into my combos with Dominants and Visions.
Edited: November 21, 2017, 12:29 PM · I dearly hate wound "E" strings. They do cut the highs & shrillness, but, to me, they feel hideous under the fingers and fray and wear out quickly. But everyone has different taste.

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