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Obligato (Pirastro – Germany)
(Available for violin, viola and cello)Top Seller
When Pirastro introduced Obligato, it was found to be one of the more 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. If your instrument works well with Eudoxas, you may well want to try the Obligatos. There are Gold E’s available.
They are increasingly popular with professional and advanced student cellists who want a warm sound and a lower-tension string.
Helicore (D’Addario, USA)
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.
(Currently not available)
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, and there is a choice of Aluminum or Silver wound D. E-strings have a removable ball.
(Violin, some Es are on request)
Many decades ago, Jargar strings became popular with cellists, especially for the A and D strings, because of their warm sound. They still provide a good, mid-priced alternative to the Larsen A and D. The G and C tend to be a bit muffled, but this problem is much less evident with their ‘Silver Sound’ G and C strings. However the violin strings, with the exception of the Forte E, have waned in popularity here, as synthetic strings can now provide more warmth and clarity of sound with some reliability of pitch. The violin G strings tend to have muffled sound, with a sluggish response. (Available for cello, violin and viola on request)
Tonica (Pirastro – Germany)Tonicas have a fairly bright sound along with complexity, fullness and depth. They can sound very good indeed on some violins but quite harsh and nasal on others – we have found them less versatile than the Corelli Crystal strings on student instruments. Some people may find the strings to have a slightly slower response than other brands. (Available on request for violin and viola)
Thsee are top level strings that are favourites with orchestral players and performance students. They come in soft, medium and strong. The ‘Solo’ set are more powerful and bright. The fractional cello sets are comparatively quite affordable, and can be ordered on request. Available as A, D, G and C (tungsten) for cello and A for viola. (Note the rest of the viola set have synthetic core D, G & C) (cello, viola and violin A)
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 Pirazzi.
(Available for violin)