Goldbrokat E, steel 25, 26 or 27 gauge.
Extremely effective E string
5 out of 5 found the following review helpful
Pros: brilliant sound
Cons: doesn't last long - string loses its brilliance after about 2 weeks. but they're cheap and good to have on hand for important performances.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful
Pros: This cheaper string has quite some history behind it being both a grand old make and one used by certain grand old masters of the instrument. Somehow it has been forgotten by many and replaced with the expensive new type however for a string of high durability and in expense it is still a marker of distinction. It is my string of choice with a g d and e Eudoxa followed by this e string. Suddenly the violin sings on the E and is complimented by the guts below.
Other: Buy half a dozen and change often for best results.
Great E string...
Pros: Great, simple E string. As simple as that... It is a bright string that may not last long but it's not expensive so one can change it frequently. Heifetz was using this E string so you why not you? I am using a medium one with Tricolore gut strings and I've tried it with Olive's and Passione. I am sticking with this one. Another great thing about them is that they are not super heavy, so they are not struggling your violin.
Cons: It would be better if they lasted longer but at this price....
Goldbrokat string brings security.
Pros: I bought this string because it was recommended to me to prevent a whistle. It did help, although I discovered the whistle occurred because the violin is new and the bridge is slightly higher at the E string side than previously. So I was hitting the string without realising it. However, I am also inclined to think this string does help.
Cons: nothing. Fine.
Why pay more if you don't have to?
Pros: Very cheap -- even cheaper from German Internet retailers, but not too much in it for small numbers of strings. This string appears to have an illustrious history, having been used by numerous great players, particularly Soviet ones (possibly because Lenzner was in East Germany). The situation became confusing with the fall of communism. The company split into two, both called Lenzner, one of which made mainly nylon strings while the other made mainly steel strings. Both, however, use the same Goldbrokat E in their sets. Although they make no such claim, the Goldbrokat E string appears to be non-whistling. At least it has never whistled on me, and I have tried quite hard to provoke whistles, which I can do with ease on most other E strings I've tried. The Goldbrokat E also sounds better on both of my Chinese violins than any others I've used.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Other: Both of my violins have hook-type adjusters for loop-ended strings. One adjuster has the recommended plastic cushion to protect the string, the other doesn't. Neither has shown any tendency to break the Goldbrokat E under normal handling.