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I love guts (on a good day) but it looks like the humitiy in south Louisiana is killing me. I'm currently playing with Olives. The variation of how these play is to eratic for me. So I am looking into going with an Obligato G & D with a Larsen A & E combination. My question is I have read that the Obligato Welch size is more simular in feel to guts, it that true and would I need to consider a match for the Larsens. My experience with Olbigatos are with mediums and I never liked the E string and heard alot of good on the Larsen E and A strings. Any comments out there?

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If you like Olivs, I suggest Warchal Brilliants as a good match in synthetic core. See www.warchal.com.

Here's a list of US retailers. Also check e-bay as at least one person is auctioning Warchal strings.

EASTMAN ACCESSORIES, INC.

8637 GROVEMONT CIRCLE

GAITHERSBURG, MD 20877

240-631-1955

800-930-1955

INTERNATIONAL VIOLIN CO. LTD.

1421 CLARKVIEW RD. SUITE 118

BALTIMORE, MD 21209

800-542-2538

STRINGS & OTHER THINGS

1995 BROADWAY, FLOOR 6

NEW YORK, NY 10023

212-362-0857

GIANNA VIOLIN

10091 UNITIA RD

FRIENDSVILLE, TN 37737

866-884-6546

JOHNSON MUSIC

340 PLEASANT STREET

DRACUT, MA 01826

978-454-0055

FRITZ REUTER & SONS INC.

3917 WEST TOUHY AVE

LINCOLNWOOD, IL 60712

847-677-7255

GREGOIRE'S VIOLIN SHOP

10 HUTCHINS CIRCLE

BARRE, VT 05641

802-476-7798

EVERYJOY MUSIC INC.

63 PETERS CANYON RD

IRVINE, CA 92606

714-730-1688

BROBST VIOLIN SHOP

5584 GRENERAL WASHINGTON DR.

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA 22312

703-256-0566

GEORGE ROBINSON VIOLIN

3602 SLIDE RD. #B-11

LUBBOCK, TX 79414-2532

806-792-9752

ST. LOUIS MUSIC INC.

1400 FERGUSON AVE.

ST. LOUIS, MO 63133

800-727-4512

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I dont know about the A, I tend to use the set A although I have considered trying a steel A (not very seriously) with gut/synthetics.

I like the Jargar medium E. The forte one is good too. They work well with gut and synthetics.

I remember that on my cheap violin, I could not tell a difference between Obligatos and Eudoxas. however, on my new violin there was a huge difference between gut and every other non-gut string, including obligatos. But I was using a very very old set of obligatos to compare and so that might not have been a fair test.

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