D'Addario Kaplan Forza viola strings offer a rich tonal palette with excellent bow response. The steel core set provides clarity and warmth across all registers.Made in the USA
*Long Medium K410 LM, Medium Medium K410 MM & Long Heavy K410 LH in stock, please allow additional time for Short strings
K411 A Solid steel/Aluminum/Titanium
K412 D Stranded steel/Aluminum wound
K413 G Stranded steel/Silver wound
K414 C Stranded steel/Tungsten and Silver wound
Long: Long-scale viola (body length 16-16 1/2 inches) ;playing length of 15 inches (380mm)
Medium: Medium-scale viola (body length 15-15 3/4 inches); playing length of 14 1/8 inches (360mm)
Short: Short-scale viola (body length 14-15 inches) with a playing length of 13 inches (330mm)
I have a relatively "bright" sounding viola that lacks the classic velvety viola sound. I tried the Kaplan Amo brand before and though I liked the richness of sound they gave to my instrument, the responsiveness was a bit muddy. Despite the muddiness of the Amo strings, I decided to try Kaplan Forza to see if I could keep that warm Amo sound but with better clarity of sound. My experiment was a success! These strings give my instrument (2006 Kiernoziak) the beautiful, rich viola sound I was looking for (more so than either Evah Pirazzi brand) without sacrificing clarity and responsiveness. These strings also settled almost immediately (within a couple of hours). I will buy this set again.
I like Dominant Mediums on my viola, and lately had used Helicores. I find these to be slightly more refined than the Helicores, slightly sweeter sound. They settled in immediately, and while I usually need to use a different A string, so far I am happy with the whole set.