"These strings are perfect for my violin. I wanted something less expensive than Evah Pirazzi, but as close to the sound as possible. Based on Shar's chart, these were the closest. I love these even more because they have the bright brilliant sound like EPs in the E and the A string, but the G and D have a much warmer, fuller tone. The soloist gauge is no different in size from the medium gauge, the soloist possesses more power and sound though. My only complaint is that the strings have a metallic sound when they are slightly out of tune but ring like a bell when they are. So make sure the strings are in tune before playing."