The new Optima Goldbrokat Premium E strings offers the famous Goldbrokat performance and value but now with enhanced features. The Gold E string utilizes a new steel alloy, with an extremely uniform and smooth surface, and enhanced durability; then, the string is plated with 24 carat gold, employing Optima’s decades of experience with the production of gold strings. Brilliant and powerful, like the original, but with more warmth and mellow tone.
Lenzner is now owned by the prestigious Optima string firm.
Material Gold plated over a steel core
Available in Loop or Ball End
Excellent gold string—.27 gauge doesn’t seem to squeak
Overall experience excellent. On my violin the .27 gauge Optima gold E-string has enough thick/forte quality to open up the violin sound on all strings, but plays with more ease than Jargar forte and Hill thick. It’s warmer under the ear than Goldbrokat steel .27 and Optima premium steel .27, and yet it rarely squeaks in solo Bach. It pairs nicely with Evah Gold GDA on my violin, and equally well with Evah Green GDA. While it might not be as open sounding as a steel E-string without gold plating, it isn’t dull, thin, or closed sounding. Interestingly, I had three Pirastro Oliv gold E’s break on the peg(!) while tuning up for the first time. It has never happened on any other string ever, so I’m guessing that is a more supple string. I appreciate the combination of supple and powerful that Optima has achieved with the .27 gold e-string. On my violin the .26 is thin, small sounding, and unattractive to hear and play. From a player’s perspective, the .27 gold is stronger than other gold E’s, but not rigid. It feels a bit more supple than Goldbrokat steel .27 and yet stronger than Goldbrokat steel .26. It has a wider tone than the steel .26 and yet has more warmth in the sound than steel .27. I could see wanting steel for something but the gold .27 has plenty of projection for concertmaster solos, while easily blending with the rest of the violin section.
My favorite E for Fiddle
Always excellent service.
works real good .. love it .
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