Quest For Best Violin E String S & E Tuners, Quest For Best E String

April 5, 2017 at 02:03 PM · Hi all. I am new to the violin world but not to music. My main instrument is piano.

I have been playing my real wood Menzel violin for a month now and have already broken my E string once. I am sensitive to the way an instrument sounds and the tone. I find my E String very high pitched and sratchy and hard to listen to.

Can anyone recommend a Synthetic core string that will help it sound warmer?

Any and all advice much appreciated.

April 5, 2017 at 02:56 PM · There are no E strings with a synthetic core, that I am aware of. They are all metal or metal/wound.

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Try the Warchal Amber E. It has a helical spiral that makes it unique in the timbre department.

I also like the Hill E and the Gold Label E.


April 5, 2017 at 03:46 PM · Thank you for the suggestions, still learning the right terms for everything.

April 5, 2017 at 04:20 PM · Or, use a pure-gut E, which is what they used before the metal E was invented (and kept) for convenience (the gut E is much nicer and sounds organic and soft).

April 5, 2017 at 04:48 PM · I don”t know if you would use a plain gut E with non-gut GDA. Any steel E should be okay.


April 5, 2017 at 07:29 PM · And, put an inexpensive passive ear plug in your left ear, that will reduce the volume of top two octaves (about 5000-20000 Hz) coming off the top plate, only three inches from your ear. The thin gauge, lower tension Goldbrokat E might sound better. jq

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April 5, 2017 at 09:11 PM · Thanks for all advice.

I am going to start with a non gut string from Dominant first and see how that goes. May have to eventually upgrade to a gut string. We will see how it goes.

April 5, 2017 at 09:32 PM · I wouldn”t go for gut Es unless you think they”re particularly superior over steel Es or serious about early performance. I”ve heard bad things about the Dominant E string, but I have no personal experience, so can”t tell for sure.

April 5, 2017 at 09:50 PM · I would not recommend a Dominant E. As far as I know they are notorious for being intolerable to most violin players!

April 5, 2017 at 10:32 PM · The Dominant E is terrible on most violins. The usual substitute is the Pirastro Wondertone Gold Label E string, which is cheap and reliable and decent-sounding.

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I”d recommend trying an E string sampler pack. Quinn Violins sells a good one that includes that Gold Label E and some of the most common other choices (Westminster, Hill, etc.): LINK.

April 5, 2017 at 11:04 PM · That”s a pretty complete list of the the options you”d want to try, except no Jargar: get a Jargar Medium and Jargar Forte and try those too; both are inexpensive, and in my case I found them to be better than the Gold Label E, both in tone and because they”re less whistle-prone.

April 6, 2017 at 12:02 AM · The Dominant E is a no-go, despite the fact that the lower 3 strings are quite good!

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I”d start with a nice warm sounding E, like the Pirastro Gold Label E.

April 6, 2017 at 01:24 AM · Another vote for Jargar Forte, but it really depends what sounds best on your particular instrument.

April 6, 2017 at 04:40 AM · Unless the sound is incredibly thin and piercing (as that of incredibly cheap steel strings), one really just has to get used to steel Es being powerful and bright. Refusing to accept this is almost rejecting modern violin playing.

Gut Es are an option, but not the most ideal for the “modern” player. Yes, I know, the 19th century, etc. But it”s just a reality of a life that gut Es are mostly considered a specialized option for specific results, usually period performance (which CAN include romantic period performance.)

Nothing prevents you from using all gut to play all of your repertoire, of course. I also love gut core strings. I just don”t believe most “modern” fingerings take into account a gut E anymore.

If you want to avoid an apparently piercing E, avoid thin (can be too bright for some) or thick (can be too harsh loud for others), stick to medium, and get used to the steel E violin tone.

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No to the Dominant E, IMHO. Hill E, medium, matches well with many As, is as powerful as needed, rather rich for steel, and I (important-just my experience) do not find it piercing/annoying.

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I still find reasons to like most good Es, though, having used most. Gold-plated Es tend to be amazing, but they can (not must) whistle for some violins and/or lisbdnet.coms. Oliv/Obligato E. The only Es that, even though they sound nice, I don”t love are wound Es… because I like projecting, brilliant, and bright Es.

(Which makes me think that perhaps the OP would emjoy them very much, in their medium form.)

(Amber E may be another good choice for this purpose, and likely less dampening of the whole violin than wound Es.)

Much respect to all gut string users-it”s fine to disagree. Play in whatever makes you happy, and better fits your repertoire needs.

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