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Violin C string
Viola string alternative for violin
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AndrewH
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Yes. I didn't look closely at the violin windings other than checking for aluminum, but all the Kaplan viola G and C strings are silver wound, as are both the Vivo and Amo viola D strings.

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And that will simply be because silver is heavier than aluminium, I guess.

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The tone quality is starting to stabilize. I like Kaplan Amo a lot! Quick response, doesn't require a lot of finger or bow pressure even on the C string. A little loss of projection from the Vision Solo strings I was using before, but that was expected.

The tension listed for the short-scale Kaplan Amo and Vivo C strings (they have the same tension) is 10.9 pounds based on 330mm vibrating string length. For your violin at 325mm, it's going to be about 10.6 pounds.

By the way, I strongly suspect that the Kaplan short scale viola G and D strings are exactly the same strings as the violin G and D. I notice that the tensions listed for the violin G and D strings are exactly equivalent to the short scale viola G and D strings. (10.6 for both G and D short scale viola strings based on 330mm VSL, 10.5 for both G and D violin strings based on 328mm VSL.)

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AndrewH - Thanks for the review!

I'm now excited to try the Kaplan Amo C string before the Vision Solo.  My only concern is you might be looking for more projection than I am, but I'm all for better response & ease of playing!

 

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Vision and Vision Solo are also easy to play. I need quick response on the low strings because I have small hands and don't have the leverage to put a lot of left hand finger pressure on the strings; I've been happy with both Vision and Vision Solo strings and was just taking advantage of non-performing time to try out Kaplan Amo. In fact, I originally bought Vision Solo strings because I needed quicker response for my next concert at the time, which required a lot of fast playing on the C and G strings.

That said, Vision and Vision Solo are both brighter-sounding than average for synthetics so the Kaplan Amo C may be what suits your 5-string violin best.

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Very true. I do find them on the bright side. Sometimes we need darker strings if an instrument is already very bright sounding.

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