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Kaplan Golden Spiral Solo Violin String, E

D'Addario

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£4.45
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Ball end, Medium tension
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Description

Very popular E string by D'Addario USA-Please note product packaging now only quotes the catalogue code K-420 etc. This product has now been re-branded as a Kaplan string.

Universally popular among accomplished players and for many decades a top selling string.

Using loop end strings? The use of an insert to prevent the tuner hook breaking the string is essential with loop end strings. We cannot accept claims for strings broken by the adjuster hook. Click here to purchase this item.


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Daniele
10/09/2013 22:32
Croydon, United Kingdom

Professional

It's the BEST
5 out of 5 found the following review helpful

Pros: Cheap enough but, boy, what an E string for your money! Recommended to me by most recent professor, who is a pro level classical soloist: I've used it under both ideal and adverse playing conditions; playing classical, folk, rock, jazz and anything in between. Even in humid or changeable environments, I get satisfaction from the Golden Spiral 'Solo' violin string's amazing playability and responsiveness. Under optimal conditions, you're soaring and a way, with all the control and expression your skill might deserve. It holds up really well over time, retaining its superb intonation and warmth, even as the brilliance, which practically all new strings naturally have to begin with, gradually starts to fade almost imperceptibly, over time. Even then, it continues to be responsive and retains the lion's share of its volume, body and character, always singing truly. If subjecting this string to less forgiving conditions, I recommend a simple cleaning down, once in while or as regularly as required, with a piece of shammy (chamois) or other preferred cloth. From experience - it's great for (responsible)gigging in a muddy field, on any size stage, busking on the street, playing at home or maybe in a church: it's the best string that I've put on any violin I've played so far, for both acoustic and electric performances. It's also the easiest E string to play artificial harmonics on, that I've tried! It perfectly complements the Pirazzi standard G, D and A strings.

Cons: Can't think of any cons - this is my E string of choice.

Other: The only time I needed to really change one of these e-strings, was after about 2 years. I change them more regularly now, because gradually the brightness fades, as with all strings. But these strings have rarely, if ever, broken on me. To be fair, even when they're faded and old, they still sound and work really well! Just a little dubbier, a little more mellow. I recently treated myself to a completely different string to this: a really expensive E string; a flagship model, in a premier range. I shan't name it. It sounded fine, but snapped clean, whilst playing a big tune at a big outdoor gig - about 2 weeks after I'd fitted it. I assumed it was bad luck, at the time. I was on stage at a festival, half way through a song. I didn't have a spare, but I had a loop-end Gold Spiral (which isn't even the correct type for my tailpiece, which has native fine-adjusters - but it was all I could find and you can't keep a crowd waiting). I just fitted that and continued to rip up the rest of the set satisfactorily, I'd say. Oh yeah, one other thing, these string settle in REALLY QUICKLY!! Now, about one month on, that Gold Spiral string is still on my violin, even after a few more outdoor gigs, a few more indoor gigs, loads of jamming and recording and generally being cruelly kind to my neighbours' ears, practicing Bach. But, I'd be surprised if it wasn't still playing nicely, even 5 more months from now: I've been using this brand for a couple of years now and I think I'll keep coming back. And that other, expensive string, which I treated myself to? I put the other one I'd rashly treated myself to, on the other violin, which doesn't get subjected to half as much bashment as the other, and that one snapped only about one week later..! Hmm.. I recommend the Gold Spiral 'Solo' over any E string, for any style.

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Nigel
25/05/2012 06:42
Bicester, United Kingdom

Professional

Worth trying
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Available in different tensions. Manufacture quality as good as any.

Cons: none

Other: I bought this string to complete a set of light gauge strings - just to experiment with a particular violin's sound. The light gauge sounded good and very responsive and easy to play, but I prefer a little more resistance in strings.

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ruth
20/01/2011 12:18
durham, United Kingdom

Grade 8+

An excellent, reasonably priced E string
2 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: We have found that this reasonably priced string gives a good, clear sound, and blends well on our violin with both eudoxa and Eva Pirazzi strings. We prefer its sound and playability to other more expensive strings that we have tried.

Cons: None.

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Peter
02/11/2016 14:24
London, United Kingdom

Beginner

AN EXCELLENT E STRING

Pros: IT SEEMS VERY GOOD SO FAR - ONLY ON HALF AN HOUR!

Cons: NOTHING SO FAR

Other: IT APPEARS SO FAR NOT TO HAVE A WOLF ON THE OPEN E

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Martin
29/12/2014 17:27
Manchester, United Kingdom

Beginner

This E plays superbly with Jargar A,D &G

Pros: It SINGS!!

Cons: Zilch

Other: blends well with Jargar A,D & G

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Peter
05/03/2011 05:42
Orkney, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Ok for price
1 out of 2 found the following review helpful

Pros: The string is not bad.

Cons: it whistles a bit

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Helen
09/11/2014 21:57
Macclesfield, United Kingdom

Beginner

Reasonable price and nice sound.
0 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: It produced a nicely balanced sound as a replacement e with a set of Corelli Crystals. It sounded good immediately and continues to sound good so far.

Cons: None so far. It has been on for a couple of weeks.

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Mr Peter Haywood
19/03/2014 21:22
Pwllheli, United Kingdom

Beginner

Very satisfied
0 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Very pleased with this string, sounds rich not squeaky and blends in well with my Corelli crystal G, D and A. Will definitely buy again.

Cons: None.

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Peter
19/04/2013 13:52
Belfast, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Nice string. Bright, full tone. Will buy again
0 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Resonant, sweet, bright tone. I'd never used D'Addario strings before, but was curious to give them a go. This was clearly better than the Pirastro Eudoxa it replaced, at least for my violin.

Cons: Seems slightly more prone to whistling instead of sounding properly during string crossings. That's probably just my dodgy right-arm technique though.

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