Viohazard's comments (just arrived home from school). He stresses that these are his naive impressions and no guide to actual quality or otherwise.
Maestro - soft, some depth, maybe flabby. OK.
Evah Pirazzi - brilliant, more centre to the sound, but is player exerting more bow pressure??
Obligato - bit harsh and thin/flattened. Sound the way Obligatos used to sound on Viohazard's violin when they'd been on for about 10 days...the very short "best sound period" was the main reason he switched to his current Infeld-based blend.
Larsen - bit harsh but plenty of tension in higher register.
Dominant - quite brilliant, stable throughout.
He thought that there was a generally gritty sound, but that he preferred the Dominants and the Evah Pirazzis (that is, he generally likes a reasonably bright sound, though he used to prefer warm, dark, sticky, treacly...). He has never tried Evah Pirazzis "in real life". Or Larsen other than an A string long ago, I think.
He also commented that it's just about meaningless to give a preference based on a very brief scale on youtube.
But if I can comment....I notice that Australian vendors use youtube a lot. It is just not practical for many customers to visit shops in person, so youtube is a lot better than nothing. Secondly, if you check out the AUD prices of Maestro compared to the other brands tried out here, you'll see that instead of being marginally cheaper than a Dominant set, the Maestros are more than 30% cheaper. Since very few people can disregard price, that makes the decision very different for British vs. Australian consumers.
I don't understand why people are so reluctant to express opinions.
I wonder why?