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  • Corelli New Crystal (Savarez, France)

    These have a tone that is usually warm and dark, with enough edge to keep them from sounding too dull.  Generally they are very consistent, giving a good, if not very complex tone on most instruments.  If they don’t suit the instrument, the tone can be thin and reedy.  We recommend the medium-light for the best quality of sound. They are very attractively priced for the quality.

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  • Dominant (Thomastik-Infeld, Austria)

    Available for violin 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 and 1/16.
    Available for viola.
    Available for cello 4/4, 3/4, and 1/2.

    The first synthetic-core string is still a top seller for violin and viola players.  The sound is brilliant and responsive.  When they are first installed, they have a rather metallic and edgy sound that softens with a few days of playing.  The E strings are available in steel or wound, though players often swap to a different. They last well, both physically and tonally.  Their small-sized strings are also very popular, for their longevity and softness under the fingers.

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  • Evah Pirazzi (Pirastro, Germany)

    Available for violin, viola and cello.

    Pirastro Evah Pirazzi is an outstanding string at the higher end of the price scale.  It’s more brilliant that the Obligato, silvery, powerful, and with a great deal of character.  It is very popular with professional players, whether soloists, chamber music players or orchestral musicians.  These strings need two or three days to stabilise, as they tend to stretch a great deal when new.  If your instrument has a bright, edgy sound already, you may prefer using Obligatos.  These are proving very popular with cellists who find the Obligato strings lacking in brilliance, but who want an alternative to the Larsen/Spirocore tungsten set-up.

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  • Obligato (Pirastro – Germany)

    Available for violin 4/4, 3/4 and 1/2.
    Available for viola.
    Available for cello.

    When Pirastro introduced Obligato, it was found to be one of the most exciting professional-quality strings on the market – with a price tag to match, but with the quality to justify it.  Of all the synthetic-core strings, the Obligato comes the closest to sounding like a gut-core string, especially Pirastro’s own Eudoxa.  Obligatos however, respond more quickly and are slightly more brilliant, though the overall quality is one of warmth and richness. Option of gold or steel E for violin.
    They are increasingly popular with professional and advanced student cellists who want a warm sound and a lower-tension string.

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  • PI- Peter Infeld (Thomastik-Infeld, Austria)

    PI are the latest strings from Thomastik-Infeld, and a good step up for those who use the Infeld Red or Titanium Solo. They are brilliant strings, with quick response and great complexity. The E strings come in tin, gold, and the platinum plated E strings.
    (Available for violin and viola, gold E on request)

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  • Tonica (Pirastro – Germany)

    Available for violin.

    Tonicas have a fairly bright sound along with complexity, fullness and depth.

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  • Violino (Pirastro – Germany)

    This string is similar to the Obligato, with a warm, clear, almost bell-like sound.  Though it lacks some of the complexity of the Obligato, it is also a little cheaper.  The quality, response and evenness of tone is better than similarly priced or cheaper strings, and Violino tends to be very consistent in giving a good sound, regardless of the violin.  These are lower-tension strings than Obligato and Evah Pirazzi.

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  • Vision (Thomastik-Infeld, Austria)

    Available for violin 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16.

    Visions are an excellent student string for those wanting an alternative to Dominants. These are suitable strings for beginner right through to advanced students, and can produce good, even exceptional results on some instruments.

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  • Vision Titanium Solo and Orchestra (Thomastik-Infeld, Austria)

    Available for violin.

    These are excellent professional-level strings, with a clean, rich, complex sound and good projection.  They are very stable and settle in quickly.  They compare well with the top-end Pirastro strings, sitting somewhere between the Evah Pirazzi and Obligato strings in tonal quality.  The Solo strings have a more brilliant quality, while the Orchestral strings have a warm, less brilliant sound designed to blend well in orchestral or chamber music situations.  These two brands are the closest to a Eudoxa/Oliv gut-style sound that Thomastik-Infeld has produced.

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  • Eudoxa (Pirastro, Germany)

    Available for violin.

    These strings have been on the market for a long time and were the standard string for many years.  They have a dark, warm, and quite full sound.  The response is rather slow, and they can sound dull on some (often newer) instruments, especially on the G string.  Eudoxa strings seem to work best on old German and Italian violins, especially those with higher arching. Be aware that the bindings on the violin A strings are fragile, and may wear out physically long before the tone becomes dull.

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  • Gold E string (Pirastro, Germany)

    E string available for violin. A,D and G available by request.

    This is also an old-timer, often referred to as “Gold Label”. Less expensive than Olivs and Eudoxas, the Gold Label comes in only one gauge and has a sound somewhere between those of the other labels.  We rarely see the lower strings in New Zealand, but they can be specially ordered.  The E string has its followers and works well with many other strings.

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  • Oliv (Pirastro, Germany)

    Available for violin.

    Pirastro’s premiere gut-core string has been on the market for almost 50 years, and sells for a similar price to the top-end synthetic-core strings.  The sound is moderately brilliant with quick response for a gut-core string.  You can dig in and get lots of sound from these excellent strings.  The G string uses a gold-alloy wrapping, and the E string is gold-plated steel with a beautiful, clear, pure sound which on some instruments is prone to whistling. The A string, like the Eudoxa A, often has a fairly short life span in comparison to synthetic core strings, so factor this into your budget.

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  • Passione (Solo) (Pirastro, Germany)

    This is Pirastro’s newest gut string, which they market as having greater tuning stability than their traditional gut strings, and with a shorter playing-in time. It is an elegant and warm string, available in standard and solo.  It also has a powerful tone and good projection.(Available for violin and cello – viola on request)

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  • Chorda (Pirastro, Germany)

    Available for violin.

    These strings are made for early-music specialists with violins set up for Baroque performance.  The E, A, and D are plain gut, while the G is wrapped with silver-plated copper wire.  They are designed to be tuned to A=415, which is the “official” lower pitch generally used these days.  This lower pitch makes for a more mellow, ready sound. (In comparison, modern pitch is almost universally A=440 Hertz.) Oliv or Eudoxa Gs strings will also function well with the higher strings.

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  • Chromcor (Pirastro, Germany)

    Available for violin and cello.

    Chromcor have a bright, clear sound, with good volume and reasonable warmth given their steel core.

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  • Helicore (D’Addario, USA)

    Available for violin.

    This is a popular string with fiddlers that offers a smooth, bright tone that has more quality than other, cheaper steel strings.  It also has a soft, pliable feel under the fingers.  It is also a good choice for electric violins.

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