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Evah Pirazzi (Pirastro)
Truly outstanding with rave reviews from professionals demanding the best in power and quality. Synthetic core string with warm tonal characteristics. Offers wide dynamic range, intense and brilliant colorations, and quick response.Shop this brand
Dominant (Thomastik Infeld)
Widely regarded as the "reference standard," Dominant strings, made with a highly flexible, multi-strand Perlon core, provide the tonal warmth and feel of a gut string while being impervious to changes in humidity. The sound is soft, clear and rich in overtones and intonation is stable. One of the world's most popular strings!Shop this brand
Solid steel core string that is durable and not affected by temperature and humidity changes. Prelude strings have a clear, bright sound without the shrill sound of traditional steel strings, and have a quick bow response.Shop this brand
Warm, brilliant, clear and focused sound. Powerful tonal volume, yet flawless character throughout all dynamic ranges. Synthetic core is extremely stable and resistant to changes in humidity and temperature.Shop this brand
Made in Denmark, Larsen strings are aimed at soloists in need of a string with projection. These multi-filament nylon core strings have a bright sound that nicely complements gut strings as well as tungsten wound synthetic strings.Shop this brand
Helicore's multi-strand, twisted steel core strings have a small string diameter, providing a quick bow response. Thanks to special manufacturing techniques, Helicore strings have a warm, clear sound with excellent pitch stability and longevity.Shop this brand
Bright, full sound, quick response. Made in Denmark, these steel core strings are favored by many solosits. Jargar strings are known for their powerful, well-balanced tone.Shop this brand
A revolution in tonal sound and color for the discerning musician, Peter Infeld (PI) strings produce a rich spectrum of sound colors, the perfect blend of power & elegance, and a wide dynamic range. The strings deliver instant bow response, as well as superior tuning ability.Shop this brand
Vision Solo (Thomastik Infeld)
Vision Solo violin strings feature a technically advanced formulation and architecture designed to produce a blend of exceptional performance and playing characteristics. They offer a brilliant, round yet well-defined "soloistic" tone; great warmth and projection, with focus and clarity; and energetic, intense projection.Shop this brand
Red Label (Super-Sensitive)
Full core steel strings with nickel winding that possess clear tone quality and dependability. Favored by many teachers and students. Durable and economical choice that comes recommended by Suzuki Method instructors.Shop this brand
Spirocore (Thomastik Infeld)
Tone is warm and balanced. Steel rope core reduces stiffness and improves elasticity. A reliable, long-lasting all-around string. All chrome steel wound on steel rope core unless otherwise noted.Shop this brand
Vision (Thomastik Infeld)
Vision strings, using advanced synthetic core technology, are easy to play and settle-in in just 1-2 hours. They offer unparalleled tuning stability, respond quickly, and are more durable than most synthetic core strings. Vision Medium/Standard: Clear, brilliant, and focused tone; a perfect fit for today's modern sound. Vision Thick/Stark/Forte: Clear, open and dark tone; our warmest synthetic core string.Shop this brand
Evah Pirazzi Gold (Pirastro)
Violinists will enjoy the brilliant golden tone one would normally associate with gut strings while the tuning stability and extremely short breaking-in period equal to the high standard set by Evah Pirazzi and Obligato strings.Shop this brand
Zyex is a new generation of synthetic material. Created for stability in drastic climatic conditions, it settles in faster than any other synthetic material. Zyex strings have a warm sound and good bow response.Shop this brand
Passione strings are combination sets of wound sheep gut strings with matched steel-core strings for the higher-tension strings. This blend of traditional and modern offers fantastically rich tone for violin, viola, cello and double bass. These strings have a powerful sound and very easy response with higher pitch stability than other traditional gut core strings. Round, balanced tone, complex overtones and great clarity.Shop this brand
Nylon core string delivers big tone and rich overtones. Terrific response even at pianissimo; will not crack under heavy bow pressure. New formula shows improvements in projection, brilliance, and dynamic range. Even tone and well-rounded sound help to achieve balance and smoother string crossings.Shop this brand
The world's most popular string for orchestral and chamber music. These traditional gut core strings have a well-balanced, warm tone and pitch stability. Good durability, beautiful tonal characteristics and easy response.Shop this brand
Stabilon (synthetic) core. Excellent balance and volume, easy playing, immediate response.Shop this brand
Often referred to as "The Soloist String," these sheep gut core strings produce full, warm, brilliant tones. Known for warmth, complexity and brilliance of sound, Pirastro Oliv Strings generate more sound volume than Eudoxa. The set allows a great range of colors and dynamics.Shop this brand
Kaplan strings offer a beautiful, rich tonal palette and superb bowing response. They provide clarity and warmth across the registers and throughout the dynamic range. The Kaplan Vivo and Amo string sets combine the power that the professional needs with the expressiveness and the richly textured tonal qualities that they desire. The Amo set offers a warm, lusher sound, while the Vivo set is brilliant with strong projection.Shop this brand
The Slovakian string maker Warchal only started making strings in 2003. In the decade since then, the distinctly European sound of Warchal strings has impressed many American violinists. The Karneol strings are forgiving, offering maximum warmth and balance. These higher tension strings feature a sweet focused sound, lots of resonance and a wide range of tonal color.Shop this brand
The Slovakian string maker Warchal only started making strings in 2003. In the decade since then, the distinctly European sound of Warchal strings has impressed many American violinists. Warchal's line of Brilliant strings attacks the problem of projection with a brighter sounding synthetic core string. The tonal complexity and powerful projection of the Brilliant strings combines to create a rich, full sound. These strings have a quick break-in period and very responsive playability.Shop this brand
Pure gut strings designed for use with Baroque and Renaissance instruments. These very low tension strings are designed for 440 Hz tuning. Soft, warm sound.Shop this brand
Made in Sweden, these steel core strings offer a bright, powerful sound. Popular with fiddlers, bluegrass & folk players, as well as students of all levels. Long-lasting and durable.Shop this brand
These polyester core strings offer a dark timbre and warm sound. Available only in three gauges in steps of 1/4, the Pirastro Aricore strings tune quickly and are durable in different climate conditions.Shop this brand
Here is the perfect string for the working pro or active student. The strong Synthelon core produces a warm, complex and powerful sound, similar to gut strings. However, a fast break-in period and stability in varying climatic conditions gives these strings a decided advantage over gut strings. What's more, you won't break the bank replacing them, since SHAR sells them at a very reasonable price.Shop this brand
Charm Strings offer the rich and nuanced sound of a gut string, but with the playing comfort and tuning stability of a synthetic string! The light and colorful, nuanced response is available for all instruments and in both full sizes and fractional sizes under the "Charm KIDS" label.Shop this brand
Opal Green Viola Strings are handmade strings with a synthetic core. The option for a kevlar core in the A and D strings avoids any noticeable change of tone between the first and the second string, while a steel and nylon A and D offers a more traditional feel. The Opal Green strings offer a clear, warm, powerful and very uniform sound, without excessive tension. Its sound has a bright spectrum of overtones, similar to gut strings.Shop this brand
Capriccio strings are for the fine instrument of the technically demanding virtuoso. These new strings are made exclusively by hand at the Dogal factory in Venice. Masterfully wound strings featuring a new concept "Synthetic Gut" core offers the professional player a string which is absolutely impervious to damp or other difficult climatic conditions. These strings allow the player to easily attain a warm, intense and powerful 'Italian' sound. For violin and viola.Shop this brand
Pirastro Obligato Viola Set - Medium Gauge
REVIEWED BY: Anonymous
reviewed on: 04/06/2017
Pirastro Obligato Viola Strings are my first choice.
I own several German-made violas, including two Karl Joseph Schneider Premiers. The Schneider Premiers and all but one other German viola respond and sound best when strung with Pirastro Obligato viola strings. That one other German viola responds and sounds best with Eva Pirazzi strings (also made by Pirastro). Under normal wear, I change viola strings every three months. I am very pleased with the overall quality of Pirastro strings!
Peter Infeld Viola String Set
REVIEWED BY: JAMES PIPES
reviewed on: 02/28/2017
$$$ and I love them!
I needed to replace a set of EP Gold strings as they were a little old and the viola didn't like the C string at first and was a little uneven in power. The C would crack and failed to respond well for a few weeks. Maybe a tension issue matching my viola? The Golds were great sounding strings but just didn't match my viola with different volume across the strings. I wanted to try the PI set but there is little info on them as far as reviews go. These are expensive strings and I was a little nervous about Spending $157.99 and so was my wife!!! What if they sound weird or show a wolf tone? I've played them in a lot of hours and can say thank goodness there are NO compatibility problems with my viola. The PI strings are fast like the Golds but no C string issues. I'm playing a Sean Peak viola and a Morgan Andersen bow and the rig sings and projects well with the PI set. The response is similar to the EP and EP Golds and the strings are clear and ring like no tomorrow with good tonal colors. The transition from A to D to G to C is nice and even in not only volume but character! They also are very stable intonation wise, in other words they are like newer synthetic strings, they stay in tune. I have tried many different sets of strings over the years, there are so many good sets of strings that a bad string or set is rare indeed. The Golds were good strings, the PI set just matches my viola better. The tonal chart provided is very helpful but would like to see a tension chart for the strings as well. Thanks for reading.
Peter Infeld Viola String Set
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, NICHOLAS LAHAM
reviewed on: 01/02/2017
Impressive sounds from Peter Infeld
Hello! I just wanted to share my review of the Peter Infeld Viola Strings, since I couldn't find very many and I know other violists want to know what these strings sound like without breaking the bank to try them. Just as a disclaimer, my opinions are based on what the set sounds like on MY viola, not anyone else's. Of course there are always other factors involved like climate, but here are my thoughts so far: The PI set, although overpriced in some respects, is definitely a set worth experimenting with! Overall, PI strings are powerful and project well in addition to having sweeter qualities, specifically on the D&A strings. For those who have used Pirastro strings their whole life, like me, the PI strings remind me of a darker version of Evah Golds. My favorite string in the PI set is the D string; I've been very intrigued by the materials it is wound with and, because of the chrome/silver combo, the D string provides a smooth transition of tone and color from the lower strings to the A string. It is sweet, colorful, yet strong! My second favorite string is the A string; it is very hard for me to discern this string from an Evah Gold A, but the PI A string is a tad bit darker and still retains the projection and strength to carry the sound in the space. (My favorite A strings in order are: Peter Infeld A, Evah Gold A, Larsen A. All are amazing!) The PI G string matches very well with the rest of the set; the price is a little high for a single string, but it sounds great nonetheless. I think that I can get the same sounding G string with other Pirastro brands (Evah P, Evah Gold, Obligato) for slightly cheaper. My least favorite string is the C string--like the G string, it matches well with the rest of the set and sounds good! However, I can save money by using a different C string from either Evah P, Evah Gold, or Obligato. The PI C string isn't wound with Tungsten, while the other Pirastro brands mentioned are. The PI C string is very similar to the Spiro Tungsten C, in my opinion and projects as clear as a laser, but doesn't have any roundness. too long;didn't read: Try Peter Infeld Viola strings, even though they'll cost an arm and a leg.
Thomastik Infeld Dominant Viola String Set - Full Size - Medium Gauge
REVIEWED BY: NANA VAUGHN
reviewed on: 12/08/2016
Dominants are NOT prone to breaking
I am writing this review in response to other reviews. I've used Thomastik Dominants, mostly bought via Shar, for 36 years. I'm a professional violist and educator and I've never had a problem with Dominants or with Shar. Those people who are having repeated issues likely have an issue with their instrument having a sharp edge somewhere where they shouldn't. Some types of fine tuners have you loop the string over a sharp edge - this can cause breakage. Sometimes your string has dug into the bridge (the pressure of the strings over time can cause this) and it can cause a sharp edge there that causes breakage. I've seen many a poorly made nut (at the top of the fingerboard) that is sharp and causes breakage. This will happen more often with cheap instruments made with poor materials and workmanship. I don't use Dominants exclusively, but they are the string I've used most often in my career because they are reliable and long lasting. I strongly feel you can trust them. If you are having strings break repeatedly, see a reputable luthier (someone who specializes in string instruments only; not a store that sells every instrument under the sun) and my guess is they will be able to show you exactly why your string keeps breaking.
Thomastik Infeld Dominant Viola String Set - Full Size - Medium Gauge
REVIEWED BY: Parent, ISABELLE JONES
reviewed on: 10/25/2016
I am disappointed in quality of your strings Thomastik Infeld Dominant Viola String Set - Full Size - Medium Gauge. I ordered two sets at 95.99 plus tax for each. I had set put on my sons viola about 3 weeks later and about 2 weeks later a string broke. Fortunately, it didn't break during his audition. He had to replace the string with the spare string. According to your return policy we are not eligible for a return. I hope that the second strings last longer. How can we insure we are not receiving old strings?
Evah Pirazzi Gold Viola String Set
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, DWIGHT BROWN
reviewed on: 09/10/2016
Great A String as Well!
I have been using these strings on my violas for a couple of years now with my usual A string by another maker. I decided to try the Eva Pirazzi Gold A string that comes with this set. I like it very much. It is a steel core A string like I am used to, but it has a rounder less harsh tone. For me it's a real improvement. By the way shipping on my order was amazingly fast! I suspect relativistic travel!
D'Addario Zyex Viola String Set - 15" - 16" Size - Medium Gauge
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, Anonymous
reviewed on: 06/19/2015
I put these strings on my 14 1/2 " viola, the tension is a little less than it should be because of my viola's size. The sound,feel and playability are very nice. Quick response between soft and loud, pleasant sound and a nice feel. The D and G strings took a couple of days to loosen up and the G still doesn't quite ring out, or have as big of a sound as the other strings even now. I love the C!!! and the A and D are beautiful also. Nice strings for this price range! Louder than the Pro-Arte's and not so bright as the Helicore.
Overture Ultra Viola String Set Long Scale 15-16.5
ITEM NUMBER: U200S 16
ASKED BY: SUSAN CHENG
FROM: MIDDLETOWN, NY
ASKED ON: 01/17/2017
Q. Is Shar going to restock the Overture Ultra Viola String Set? If so, when would I be able to order this set?
A. Hi Susan! For the stock information, please contact us directly at 1-800-248-7427. Thanks!
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D'Addario Prelude Viola Set
ITEM NUMBER: 590S
ASKED BY: MARCY BRADSHAW
FROM: PUYALLUP, WA
ASKED ON: 01/06/2017
Q. What length is needed for a 15 in viola?
A. Hi Marcy! Select Medium size for 15" viola. Hope this helps!
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Pirastro Obligato Viola A String
ITEM NUMBER: 892A
ASKED BY: JOHN BRUBAKER
FROM: NAPERVILLE, IL
ASKED ON: 12/19/2016
Q. Please confirm the Pirastro Obligato Viola A string really have a synthetic core, as your product information indicates. I ask because for the Pirastro Evah Pirazzi you show conflicting information about the Viola A string: The set indicates "Set with chromesteel A", where as the individual A string indicates Aluminum winding and Sythetic core. Which are the correct materials in the E. Pirazzi case?
A. Hi John! Sorry for the confusion. This Obligato Viola A string has an aluminum winding, steel core and removable ball end. There's two types of Evah Pirazzi Viola A strings available (aluminum and steel). Please view the link for more information. Hope this helps!
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