Vision strings fro Thomastic-Infeld have always confused me. There are four different versions and the difference between them are not very clear. I decided to find the difference between them. With the help of The Detroit Violin Company and Connolly Music I was able to get ahold of all four sets.
The packaging looks very similar with a simple color swap. The strings themselves all have a solid green silk wrapping at the tail end as well making the only way to tell them apart is the colors at the peg end.
All four sets had a smooth polished feeling like we are to expect from Thomastic-Infeld.
The basic vision strings are what surprised me the most. From the warm colors of the packaging and the fact that it didn't say "Solo" or "Titanium" I expected a darker and richer sound. These strings were definitely not that. They were closer to the tone of an Evah Pirazzi than a Dominant. It is a fine string but quite the opposite of what I expected.
The Vision Titanium Solo were a bit brighter but had a less balanced tone. I do not mean this in a bad way but instead referring to a balance you might want with a soloistic string. The lower register of the violin was rich and a bit subdued but as you reached up the fingerboard on the E string the instrument grew brighter and louder allowing for solo passages to sing above an orchestra.
The regular Solo strings were closer to the regular vision but again with the register more leaning towards the upper register like the titanium version.
The Titanium Orchestra strings are by far my favorite for my violin. They were rich and warm without feeling muddy. If you are looking for something a bit darker than Dominants but do not like the sometimes dull sound of the Infeld Reds or the extreme warmth of Obligato these are the perfect string for you. They were balanced across all four strings and felt the closest to a "neutral" string of this line.
Going through all four strings has really helped clear up the difference between these strings. It is not apparent from looking at the packaging what makes one strings different from the other. I would almost ignore the term titanium as I found nothing special about that term. The regular Vision and Orchestra were two balanced sets ranging from bright to a neutral/warm. The Solo and Ti Solo both leaned more to the higher end singing out in the upper register with the Titanium version being even louder and brighter.
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