Q&A: With SHAR CEO, Charles Avsharian

Posted by Rachel Krueger on May 16, 2011 12:17:00 PM

We sat down with SHAR CEO, Charles Avsharian, to discuss E-Strings for violinists.

Charles Avsharian

Q: What do you look for in an E-string?
A: Tone quality and durability. I happen to prefer a really brilliant sound. I am currently using a Corelli Crystal E which may be too bright for some musicians...they are powerful and sound great on my Lupot.

Q: How often do you change E-strings?
A:
I have had some last for many months.

Q: What about thickness and wear on your fingers?
A:
One has to decide about the gauge/thickness by trial and error. A thick string will add pressure to the top of the violin - could be good or bad. I use a medium gauge.

Q: What is it that is most important to you about an E-string?
A:
CLARITY. Pure ringing and responsiveness all the way to the end of the fingerboard. A PLEASANT SOUND. When played alone, (open string - not a cheap and annoying tone). AS SMOOTH AS POSSIBLE. Not producing a strident, ugly sound. POWER. Especially up high where the brilliance is absolutely needed and expected. LONG-LASTING. Not prone to breaking or becoming false quickly. "WHISTLING" RESISTANCE.

Q: Any other comments to any one considering trying a new E-string?
A:
If you can't stand whistling... try the 'wound' E-strings.

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