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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 4/4 and 3/4.
    Available for viola.
    Available for 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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  • Jargar (Denmark)

    Available for viola and cello.

    E string available in Medium and Forte gauges for violin.

    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.

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  • Larsen (Denmark)

    Available for viola in standard medium.
    Available for cello in standard and Soloist, in soft, medium or strong gauges. Available for 3/4 cello in medium gauge.

    These are top level strings that are favourites with orchestral players and performance students. The ‘Soloist’ version is more powerful and bright.

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  • Prim (Sweden)

    Available for violin, viola and cello.

    Prim cello strings, especially D, G and C coupled with a Jargar A, are a very popular, inexpensive choice for student-grade instruments. As a violin string, they are favourites with fiddlers,being a good choice if you want a bright, edgy sound, easy response and a low price.

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  • Piranito (Pirastro, Germany)

    Available for violin and viola

    These are among the least expensive strings in the Pirastro range, but they have a good sound for their low price.

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  • Prelude (D’Addario, USA)

    Available for violin 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16.
    Available for viola, including 14″ and 13″ C strings.
    Available for cello 4/4, 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, and 1/8.

    These are affordable, beginner student-quality strings.  They provide a reliable, long-lasting option for school and hire instruments, the A, D, G and C strings being generally hard-wearing and very stable. They are quite warm compared to strings in the same price bracket.

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  • Spirocore (Thomastik-Infeld, Austria)

    Available for violin and cello.

    These steel strings have a fairly bright sound, not unlike Chromcor, though slightly harder and with a little less warmth.  As with other steel strings, they are very reliable, pitch-wise, and tend to keep their tone for a long time. The Spirocore “tungsten” cello G and C are a very popular, though expensive string for professionals and advanced students.  They have a big, rich sound with good projection.  The “silver” cello G and C strings have a brighter, edgier sound that the “tungsten” and are not so popular. Spirocore tungsten on the C&G is often mixed with the D&A of Larsen.

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  • Evah Pirazzi Gold (Pirastro, Germany)

    Available for violin and viola.

    Evah Pirazzi Gold are warmer than the standard Evah, and designed for those who appreciate the directness and drive of the Evah, but wish to enrich the tone. Option of gold or silver G for violin.

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