Strings are so different on different violins.
The reviews I've read on D'Addario Zyex were mixed. Some love them and some absolutely hate them. Of the reviews that were more negative, the main complaint was a tingy, metallic unpleasant sound. Also there was mention of problems with tuning, and keeping tension was problematic. Have you experienced any tuning issues on those strings? I lean more to a peg problem, however. It is much more common to have loose pegs than a string that falls out of tune on its own.
I love my strings... but they are pricey. Zyex looks to be more affordable on string comparison sites.
- Pete -
They ( Zyex) do seem to be a bit more of a pain to get to settle in. At least from what I remember. I never felt they were tingy though. I wonder What most synthetic strings made from. There are so many choices so there has to be something in the secret sauce that makes one set this way and another that way.
The people I know who have used Zyex strings have a similar set of opinions: they either love them or hate them. It seems like Zyex strings are always either great or terrible on any particular instrument, very little in between.
There have to be structural differences, not just differences in materials -- I'm told that Evah Pirazzi and Obligato are made with the exact same material, and they're at diametric opposites of the spectrum.
The very first shop violin I bought had Zyex strings on it. I was still a very green player, didn't have much to compare to. They were on a very neutral to muffled violin ( as I later learned). To my untrained fingers those strings seemed to give a bit too much for me on the low end. A few years later I don't believe I would change how I see them after trying several other sets. I have wanted to try gut sometime, but haven't yet. Others have mentioned they feel a bit like gut. I would say they were a mostly neutral set leaning slightly more toward less overt projection. Not something I would put on an old violin with weak projection unless I wanted it to have a softer tone. Similar to your Zyex, they lost the little sheen they had rather quickly. Not as fast as yours did.
I haven't tried Fiddlerman strings yet. Thanks for your take on them. I really didn't care much for the Kaplans at all, sorry. All fiddles are different so you never know what will work it seems.
My all round' inexpensive favorite thus far is Pirastro Tonica. I think they are a much better all around string than even Dominants. My last set was Warchal Amber. They are a bit pricey, so I will likely revert back to the Tonicas (or try Fiddlerman strings) unless I can get them on a deal again.
Seems to be trial and error until we know how our own violins respond and what we are looking for. At least that's how it's been with me. Some sounded better. Some were a little easier to get the tones out of. They all get old and loose their nice tone after awhile. From my (very limited) experience with my "warm" violin no strings I have put on it changed that. I've even moved my sound post to change it. On the "warm" scale it might be a 6 instead of a 5 but it's still "warm". On a bright violin with more projection I can make it more warm with strings. Not much luck the other way around. I did eventually manage a more pleasant kind of warm on that violin. It's kind of like asking someone how a hamburger tasted to them and comparing to if I eat a hamburger made somewhere else made with slightly different ingredients...darn, now I want a hamburger and I can't have one because I'm on a diet.
A trap I may have fell for is expecting a coarse adjustment from a string brand change and in reality is closer to a fine tune adjust. As all have found just changing old strings for new ones makes things better. So then if Ive changed brands its ...am I hearing how great new strings are or how great the new brand is. Not sure I can honestly detect tonal differences in brands yet. I feel like I have, just not sure...Thats me. But Ill still try swapping for something different just to test a different brand when string change time comes. What the heck I have to change old ones anyway but then that brings up the new strings or different brand issue. And I hate the process of changing strings so I'm not going to try out 2 or 3 new sets back to back...to lazy and it takes time away Ive set aside for playing. Anyway...Going from steel core to synthetic seemed like a detectable difference to me in feel and is why Ive stayed with the synthetic types for a while. Zyex was the first synthetic I used going from helicore so maybe I judged the brand and not the type as being great for me. I want to go back at some point and see how I like steel core just for curiosity sake.
To be continued.....