Time for some new strings. I've tried some Giddlerman and Helicore strings on my $400 student model violin which from what little I can tell has a neutral tone? It's hard for me to tell what the villain's natural tone is. It doesn't really stand out as dark or bright.
I would like to try some of the extreme strings on the bright dark scale and I've settled on Obligatos for dark or Evah Pirazzi for bright. I'll probably eventually try both, but which do you think I should start with?
The violin I want to upgrade to is a Scott Cao 850 El David copy which sounds rich and full even with Evah Pirazzi strings and I absolutely love the sound.
I can't quite afford a new violin right now, but I need new strings and I can afford those (barely)
I am by no means an expert on strings but recently I broke the e string on my soloist violin. I order a piastro gold string off of amazon for the two day shipping, read good comments about their e string is brighter than dominants e string. I broke it too. I then went to my luthier and told him I needed a piastro e string. He reached behind him and handed me evah Pirazzi package with a gold e string inside. It’s sounds so good that I may spend 30 dollars more when I need strings and buy the evahs because I am so impressed with the e string. I would vote for them over Obligatos if money is not an issue. Just my thoughts. Mike
I listened to the very first video you posted again and... my 2 cents is... start with strings that don't enhance brightness.
My Sima Traian came with Evah Pirazzi greens from Fiddlershop and they were way too bright for my taste (with my total beginner bowing.) I switched to Obligatos and convinced myself that I could hear a difference for the better (more mellow.)
Obligatos (as EPs) have a rep for not having the longest life span. I pretty much ruined mine between improperly removing rosin and constantly dropping my bow while learning to hold it, duhhh... not Pirastro's fault.
Many report that Violinos are a good, mellow and less pricy ($52 vs:$90) alternative to Obligatos. I tried those briefly and found that, yes, they were mellow but had, on my Sima, less color than the Obligatos.
Right now I'm rotating through various Warchal strings:
- Timbre (my Goldilocks string- warm, bright, colorful... don't know how they do this!)
- Brilliant (more brightness than my Sima needs but beautiful when I bow properly)
- Brilliant Vintage (nice on my fragile old jalopy Craigslist violin - but bright, .... umm)
- Amber - (next on deck to try since they're 1/2 the price of the Timbres and are easily available at a nice price from Fiddlershop. Right now, you can only purchase Timbres in a brick and morter violin shop and not everyone stocks them.
I agree with bocaholly. Your violin seems to be leaning more towards the bright side after what I can tell by the audio. A mellow set of strings can add depth and fullness to a bright violin, while a bright set might be too bright in some cases.
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