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ZYEX STRINGS An unbiased review.
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Oliver
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Well, I received the strings in record time but then I am only in NC.  Much appreciated compared to other distributors.

Of course my "A" peg, for some reason, decided to slip badly but I toughed it out and have been retuning all afternoon but that's also part of the deal with new strings.

Finally, things settled down.  The strings gave me the best sound I have heard since my Obligatos BUT at much less cost !   The strings were evenly matched with maybe the E being a little hysterical but I simply bowed any problem away knowing what to expect up there.

All in all, these strings seem to deliver and make my favorite violin even better.

Incidentally, I was replacing Tonica which NEVER should been on this violin.  (Luthier said the Tonica were "bright" (like I need that ?).  The violin has plenty of sound left with sounding point IF I want it.

There are 2 audio clips attached.  The first is a simple song to hear the violin against some backup music.  Lazy stuff from a happy violin.

Audio clip 2 is simply the sound of each note.  No music.   The sound is much better than what I have recorded (Audacity/cheap condenser mic.)

 

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Thanks for the review. Now compare them with Pro-Atre'.coffee

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I took off Pro Arte about 3 weeks ago which is one reason I ordered Zyex. 

Apples and oranges.

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Pro arte are good (perlon?) strings but only in the class of Dominants.

Whatever sounds good is what works !

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Another adept of the Zyex cult!dancing and like I already said, ya E string is a bit weird on my violin also.

"It can sing like a bird, it can cry like a human being, it can be very angry, it can be all that humans are" Maxim Vengerov

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There is a difference in playing a string in an "in vitreo" context and then as part of a real melody.  On the other hand, I don't ever remember an E of any brand that was a convincing "linear" extrapolation of the set.

Perhaps that is one of the challenges that a violinist faces, not only for the E, but in general.  Most of the time I'm always swapping D's but we'll see what happens when the new set settles.

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Fiddlerman
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May 7, 2012 - 10:16 pm
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Thanks for your very much appreciated review. I am experimenting with a Kaplan Golden spiral E right now with my Zyex's and will try a Gold Plated Golden Spiral next week.
More to come.thumbs-up

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Please note that I think the E is well within the limits of a "good" E. 

I have been trying out other brand E's during the last few weeks and I would be surprised if you find something much improved but I would be glad to try it.

Staying-tuned-in-NC

PS    Will your polish help protect from rosin deposit.  Not from the rosin dust but the throw off that sticks ?

Why does one polish cost more ?

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Fiddlerman
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May 7, 2012 - 11:07 pm
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I love the E string that comes with the set.

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Zyex is finally on my violin! =)

I noticed the difference immediately while was changing them.

The combination of Zyex + AK K550 is not for the shy persons, i tell you, guys! =)))

My already bright violin became a Cristal Monster! And this is not a kind of annoying brightness (when it's too much trebles) it's a wide pure SOUND!

And they are not even played in yet. Hoooo-Hoooo! Couple of weeks and they will be a masterpiece, heee-ee!amuse

They don't have the "sand" in sound like Dominants and Pro-Arte, which had it for about 3 weeks before they were played in.

Even my picky teacher said: "WoHow!surprised Now These Are Strings!!" And she doesn't even like bright sound much, LOL! rofl

Solid Cold Cosmic sound of the Universe produced with a little wooden box! Amazing!

First time in my life i felt a real disappointment, that i'm not a pro! Because i can't bring all this beauty out! I'm not grown up enough for this combination =)

Highly recommended for everyone who wants to feel the POWER =)

 

Thank You kindly, Pierre! doublekiss

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