Two pieces of news this month: 1 - I gave my workshop a thorough clear-out and rearranged the benches and storage,
resulting in a much more efficient space which reflects the steady growth in my set-up service. 2 - I tried out Warchal 'Timbre' strings, and my report on the experience is below. First, some photos of my new combined work and social space!
And so to the new string from Slovakian string master, Bodhan Warchal. I'm sure it helped me to have been using and enjoying Warchal 'Amber' and 'Brilliant' qualities for several years. As their names would suggest, Amber strings are able to add darker tones to an otherwise'bright' violin, and vice versa re. Brilliant and Brilliant 'Vintage'.
Timbre strings are a different animal altogether - they have been variously described as 'luxuruious beasts' and 'and iron fist in a velvet glove', and I cannot argue with such remarks! I tried them first on my 20th violin, a Strad model which tends towards the bright side, then on No.13, a Lupot model which has always been mellower in tone. After a ridiculously short settling-in period they began, very noticeably, to respond to subtle variations iin bowing, and 'beneath the ear' a more detailed sound picture emerged than either violin had previously produced. In short, these new strings from Warchal are, from my initial assessment (and as reported now by several players I know), capable of broadening the dynamic possibilities of the violin. For players seeking more potential from their violin (Timbre strings are not yet available for viola),they are superb.
Timbre is the best product that we have designed so far. We would like to be sure that it will be installed properly. If you aren't sure about your set-up or how to install strings without damaging them, you can utilise the complimentary installation service.
Instead of searching for strings online we suggest that you spend a few minutes in a violin making workshop. Even the environment and smell is inspiring. You'll find helpful advice about choosing strings to suit your tonal and playing preferences and your instrument can be checked briefly at the same time.
Timbre strings delivered to luthiers have never been coiled so you can enjoy them at their optimum quality.