Jargar Viola Ball-End A String
REVIEWED BY: Student, ANGELA WEBSTER
reviewed on: 09/23/2016
LOVE this string!
I loved this string from the second I put it on my viola. The smaller diameter is more pliable and notes on the A string were overall much easier to play than with my old A string. Tone is clear and beautiful. Can't like this string enough!
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!
Jargar Violin Set-Ball End E-4/4 size-Medium Gauge
REVIEWED BY: JAMES GANS
reviewed on: 09/02/2016
Soft and Dark
A violinist never uses steel strings but a fiddler does. As a fiddler for over 40 years I have played on wonderful violins and have tried many different style strings. Jargar are one style that I would not recommend unless you have an extremely brightly toned instrument. They respond as if you have mute on your bridge. I would return to perlon strings before using Jargar but instead I am back to Prims.
Evah Pirazzi Gold Viola String Set
REVIEWED BY: STEPHEN COLANTTI
reviewed on: 07/21/2016
Warm C, Even Top To Bottom
I have been playing viola for about 2 years. My viola came with a Larsen A, Evah Pirazzi D & G, and a Spirocore Tungsten C. I changed strings about 6 weeks ago to a full set of Evah Golds. When my teacher played it they sounded very warm and even from string to string. Now that I've been playing on them, the C is definitely warmer and more responsive than the Spirocore which I thought was a little clunky sounding. The G especially gives me a beautiful warm sound as well as the D. The A compares well with the Larsen but I would still like an even warmer sound there. But maybe that's just my playing. As I progress my tone there may get better. These strings took a few days to stretch out and settle in but still settle a lot faster than classical guitar strings do. Overall, I am very satisfied with them.
Corelli Alliance Vivace Violin Set - Medium Gauge
REVIEWED BY: Student, Anonymous
reviewed on: 06/04/2016
Very nice, very pleased.
When I upgraded my violin about a year ago it came with Dominants on it. I was pretty excited because my teacher had them. I loved the G and D strings! They have a very full, mellow tone. However, I was disappointed with the A and E strings. I thought the A was somewhat nasally and the E was a bit weak with a slight shrillness. I began searching for a different brand. I came across the Corellis and read lots of reviews. They appeared to be just what I was looking for. I ordered a set. I am very pleased with them! The G and D are very good, unfortunately not as nice as Dominants. The A and E are quite satisfactory. The A matches the D well, and the E is vibrant without any tininess or harshness.
Kaplan Amo Violin String Set 4/4 Size Medium
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, ALEXANDER KEHLER
reviewed on: 06/02/2016
D'Addario Kaplan Amo - violin
I love these strings! I've used Pirastro for years but I'm always testing other strings. For years Tonica were my mainstay and I would splurge for Obligato for recordings. I tried the Evah pirrazi but they were too bright for my violin. Larsen Tzigane were my latest experiment and though I loved the tone, they didn't seem to last very long. Kaplan Amo seem to have all the warmth of the Tzigane, yet wonderful presence like the Evahs and they stay true longer than most other strings that I've tried! I highly recommend them.
Thomastik Versum Cello A String
REVIEWED BY: SUSAN HALDERMAN
reviewed on: 05/23/2016
Versum Cello A
Silky smooth playing, and lovely sound! Great string. I just bought the A to try, but will buy a D also, and add them to Spirocore Tungsten G & C
Pirastro Obligato Violin Set - Ball E - Aluminum D - 4/4 size - Medium
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, ASHLEY MOORE
reviewed on: 03/24/2016
Added warmth instantly!
I have a new $2k Chinese violin. It had Dominants and I wasn't too happy with them. I read that Obligatos had a wonderful warming effect on newer violins. Wow! As soon as I put them on I loved the sound! It has been 3 weeks and they sound better every day! They are easy to play on. The tension is low and the response is quick! Great job Pirastro!
Larsen Crown Cello A String
REVIEWED BY: Student, GREG HALSEY
reviewed on: 10/26/2015
I recently ordered a crown A string (and D actually) for my cello. It had Merano strings. It was a vast improvement! My cello is a Merano also. I'm a newbie so it works for now but, the new strings definitely Improved the sound of my cello!
Vision Violin String Set
ITEM NUMBER: V100S 44 M
ASKED BY: Sang E. Park
FROM: Homewood, IL
ASKED ON: 09/06/2016
Q. Does V100S-Set come with the Silver D?
A. Hello Sang! Yes, the set does come with the SILVER wound D, which can be misleading because Thomastik's item number for that string is V103A, as opposed to the Aluminum option being V103 only. We will try to make this more clear on the Strings page and item details page! Thank you for your question!
35 people found this review helpful.
Wondertone Gold Label Violin E String
ITEM NUMBER: 400E L 44 M
ASKED BY: MARIA TOMAS
FROM: AURORA, CO
ASKED ON: 09/05/2016
Q. Hi, just wanted to know what is better for selecting a gauge, medium or thick? Could you please offer some advise? I have a 4/4, professional violin. Thanks
A. Hello Maria, that is a good question, but the answer depends on the player and the instrument! Medium gauge is usually deemed by the string-maker as the "optimum" tension for any particular brand of strings. However, occasionally a particular string on an instrument will not speak as clearly or powerfully as the others, or a player will desire a louder, more nuanced response from one or more of their strings, so they will choose one or more string to be thick or "heavy" gauge. (Sometimes a light gauge strings will be chosen for the opposite reason, as well.) The violin E string is very often chosen in a thick gauge, which usually denotes a .27-mm steel string as opposed to a .26-mm steel string. That diameter difference is very small, however has a large effect on the tension produced at pitch, and may cause the other strings to respond differently, be it better or worse. If you are unsure about which E-string you will prefer, I would recommend trying both, as E-strings are at least the least expensive of the strings! It is a very enlightening experience as well! Lastly, always make sure that the soundpost, top, and bridge are in good condition and placement before applying a heavier gauge string or set of strings.
27 people found this review helpful.
Thomastik Alphayue Violin G String 4/4 Size
ITEM NUMBER: AL104G 44
ASKED BY: WONJUNG LEE
FROM: DAYTON, OH
ASKED ON: 08/21/2016
Q. Is this ball end or loop end?
A. Hi Wonjung! The Alphayue violin G string is a ball end.
51 people found this review helpful.