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Hi Guys, glad to be back on this profile (Thanks Pierre!)
As for strings, my fiddlerman artist viola came with helicores, which I don't like at all. They are too bright, and the A sounds too much like a violin. I appreciated the warm sound of Zyex and all that, until I found out that Helicores, have a warm, and focused sound as well. That told me that my viola naturally is already quite warm and bright in of itself. So, I need to darken up. My friend/substitute teacher did tell me that after listening to my viola, he would recommend Obligatos, or Larsens. He suggested a Larsen A with an Obligato C G D. We can both agree on one thing, we don't like Helicores. He uses brighter-sounding strings because his viola's already pretty dark, which is the opposite of mine.
I did see Pisastro Aricores on their website once, and I thought that those would be worth trying. They have a polyester core, I think, and produce a dark sound. Does anyone have other strings that I should probably try?
As your friend said, Obligato and Larsen are great choices. For violas the Larsen strings are the way more popular choice between the two.
What do you think about Pisastro Aricores? Or what about Warchal Amber? I was thinking that I could pair the Pisastro Aricore, C-G-D with the Warchal Amber A.