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Corelli Alliance (Savarez, France)
Made in France by Savarez, previously best-known in the music world as a producer of high-quality strings for guitar, Corelli Alliance strings use a Kevlar core rather than perlon. The sound is warm, dark and smooth. These moderately high-priced strings have a small but devoted following.
Gold (Pirastro, Germany)
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. (Available for violin, and viola on request)
Chorda (Pirastro, Germany)
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. (Available for violin)
Corelli 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.
Oliv (Pirastro, Germany)
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. (Available for violin, and viola on request)
Dominant (Thomastik-Infeld, Austria)
The first synthetic-core string is still a top seller for violin and viola players. The sound is brilliant and responsive. However, they can sometimes sound reedy, or even nasal in comparison with other synthetic core strings now available, particularly on new or overly-bright violins. 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 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.
(Available for violin and viola, cello on demand)
Passione (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, viola and cello – ring to check for stock levels)