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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: A dark set - Warchal Amber strings

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DougBrock - Posted - 03/24/2021:  14:09:21

I have a decent (a very good music store here in KC provided a formal valuation of $1400 for just the violin) Chinese violin, but playing it exhausts my ears, lol. Beautifully resonant instrument, but even with my 60-yr-old’s hearing loss, it has just been too bright. So, I’ve been trying strings.

I had been using Helicore on an old German violin, but a set of Helicores was too bright on this violin. I tried Dominants, and they helped, but were harsher than I would have expected. I played the Dominants for a month, then this week bought a couple more “dark” sets to try - Zyex and Warchal Amber. I’ve used Zyex before and hadn’t loved them on one acoustic violin (they do sound fine on my electric violin, but that’s a different matter), but was interested to try them on this violin.

Last night I put the Warchal set on and have been pleased. They say it takes a couple of days for their tone to really settle in, but I’ve liked what I’ve heard already. Nice rich sound, and I’m not having the ear fatigue.

The e string is odd, with a spring-like section at the end by the bridge. The spring mostly stretches out as you tighten up the string, but you can still see a slight wave. The spiral is supposed to help prevent whistling.

So, I’ll keep sawing away at this set for at least a couple of weeks before trying the Zyex. It will be interesting when I start getting back out and playing with friends, to see if the Warchal set will be able to keep up like Helicores can. If worse comes to worse, I can use another violin then. As it was, I was avoiding playing this nicer violin.

(I am looking forward to the local shops opening up again for browsing. Now that I’m playing more seriously, I’d love to compare the violins I have with a wider range of violins.)

doryman - Posted - 03/24/2021:  14:12:31

Someone recommended to me the Warchal Amber E to mellow out my E and I think it works. To me, it sounds even better after it's on there for a few days.

Swing - Posted - 03/24/2021:  15:06:19

I have been using an Piastro Oliv Gold E for years.. I like it a lot and it lasts well... keep the Warchal and add the Oliv..

Play Happy


The Violin Beautiful - Posted - 03/24/2021:  15:40:33

The Amber E has the spiral to eliminate whistling. The set is a nice option for warmth.

Warchal's Timbre set has the option of a spiral E and a special spiral steel A. The Timbre set has more power, as it's more of a soloist set, but worth considering. 

Edited by - The Violin Beautiful on 03/24/2021 15:44:21

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