Besides having a Larsen A on my viola I have not had any prior experience with Larsen Strings. I received a package of Tzigane and have had them on for about a month now. The strings come in an airtight plastic package to prevent oxidation while they sit on the shelf. That is then placed in a paper envelope and closed with a wax seal. The set is then packaged in a clear box. I have to say that this is the fanciest packaging of any string I have seen before.
The silk winding itself is very lovely. All Larsen violin strings have the same gold/dark blue wrapping at the tail end. The peg end is a light blue with either a yellow, red, or blue peg rings to designate tension. The strings in the attached video are medium tensioned.
Larsen Tzigane strings are very polished. I can hardly hear any string sound when I shift. They have a very low tension but do not feel too loose. because of the lower tension the solid wire E is still very playable in higher positions.
These strings are quite loud. I was expecting a softer sound because of the lower tension. They do not seem to be loud because of pure volume but instead because of the strings resonance. I rarely get as much sympathetic vibrations as I do with these strings. I am adjusting pieces that I have played in the past to accommodate the new resonance/tones I am getting.
My violin has always been a bit dull on the lower end. The G-string in this set definitely does not have the punch of a metal string, but it speaks clearly and happens to be cleaner than most of the low tension strings I have tried int he past.
The D, A, and E strings are very brilliant sounding. I would not compare these to a gut string at all. I would say they have the richness of a Dominant but a clarity of Evah Pirazzi.
If I did not have to sample new strings so often Larsen Tzigane might become my regular go-to set on my violin. They resonate extremely well. The lower tension allows for larger range of tone but somehow keeps a brilliance and projection that is usually reserved for high tension strings.
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