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Sorry, haven't tried them, but even if I had it may not make much difference since everyone's experience is different.
Pro-Arte are not expensive strings, probably wouldn't hurt to try.
All your strings sound bright?
Pro-Arte are supposed to be on the warm side, but according to the comparison chart - they're pretty close to midway between Warm & Bright.
I'd be concerned that even though you've been playing Baroque music, you still play Irish fiddle tunes. Think you might want warm and 'focused' for better response when playing Irish fiddle tunes. Pro-Arte strings are at the opposite end of focused, on the chart.
I was seriously thinking about Warchal Amber, but just changed to strings I already had. They cost a little more, but not as bad as Obligato. (lol)
I'd love to know what you think about any new strings you try! 😊
@stringy I have not tried pro arte and should stop there considering your direct question but what the heck... it can be a favorite string thread again..
I dont know what your willing to pay, but larsen tzigane strings are slightly less expensive than obligatos and are, in my opinion, warm and quick. im sure there will be conterpoints to that but Ive one fiddle thats on its second set right now.
Sorry, this is a little late in the game, but I ran across a great string comparison video at ViolinStringReview, by Shawn Boucke, that includes the Pro Arté - still might be helpful.
The strings reviewed:
- Obligato (Pirastro)
- Pro Arté (D'Addario)
- Infeld Blue (Thomastik-Infeld)
- Helicore (D'Addario)
- Evah Pirazzi (Pirastro)
- Eudoxa (Pirastro)
- Dominant (Thomastik-Infeld)
- Amber (Warchal)
- Tzigane (Larsen)
Since Emily just replied I’ll join the party too. I ordered pro arte strings for my violin about two weeks ago and I love them. The sound improved 1,000x over. I find them to be warmer and less sharp than the strings that were on my violin. I cannot tell you what was on it, as they were still the strings I got it with, and it was not new when I came to own it.
Thank you all for Your replies, I am about to order a new set of strings and still am undecided, iuse tonicas at the moment, good all rounders, but as I said, a bit too loud or maybe thats my fiddle, it does project incredibly, even with a mute on, my cannon lol, maybe my playing needs to get better. I have been working on nothing else but bow control and playing softer for the last month, when I can that is, which isnt often. Thanks all for taking The time to reply I am mulling over all your suggestions, which are all good.