ALL ABOUT E-STRINGS
, Larsen Tzigane, Corelli Alliance Vivace
, Corelli Crystal,
Kaplan Golden Spiral, Lenzner Goldbrokat, Helicore
Evah Pirazzi Gold (black packet)
, Vision Titanium Solo
, Warchal Spiral, Warchal Brilliant, Chromcor,
- These are the least affected by hand perspiration, and as a consequence are longer lasting
, Aricore, Piranito
, Dominant (tin variety), Vision
, Vision Solo
, Infeld Blue, Zyex
, Peter Infeld (tin variety)
Tonica, Evah Pirazzi (green packet)
, Wondertone Solo
, Passione Solo
- The ‘Silvery Steel’ strings from the Pirastro range are made from a special formulation of tin-plated carbon steel, and are meant to sound more brilliant and louder than the plain steel ones. (Therefore, should you wish to make your E string sound less bright or ‘warmer’, you might prefer for a different steel string)
Wondertone Solo ('advanced' variety - warmer sound than silvery steel)
Gold-plated Chrome Steel
, Obligato Gold
, Infeld Red
, Peter Infeld (gold variety)
Gold-plated Carbon Steel
Evah Pirazzi (green packet, gold variety)
- Gold plated E strings are prone to whistling, although not on all instruments.
The Evah Pirazzi gold variety does not seem to be as much affected by whistling as other gold varieties.
Platinum-plated Chrome Steel
Peter Infeld (platinum variety)
Wound Steel - Aluminium
, Kaplan Golden Spiral (aluminium variety),
Helicore (aluminium variety),
Eudoxa (aluminium variety)
Wound Steel - Chrome
- Wound E strings may not sound as powerful as the non-wound ones; they can tend to sound dull on some violins, but might be appropriate for some of the orchestral repertoire. Their gauge is a bit thicker and consequently gentler under the fingers of children and teenage players.
- Plain gut strings have a warm sound, and give the authentic sound and feel sought by those specialising in early music, Baroque repertoire etc.
See below for a couple of examples of popular E-strings.