Latest Strings Reviews
Pirastro Obligato Violin A String
REVIEWED BY: Anonymous
reviewed on: 08/24/2015
Rich, beautiful sound
I've been using Obligatos for many years in my symphony job. The sound is gorgeous and complements my old Italian violin beautifully. My only complaint is that none of the E string options sound good. They either whistle or fight me. I always buy a Eudoxa Gold Label E which works much better. I've often ended up buying the set of Obligatos and the extra E because it's cheaper. I give away the Obligato E strings to the local school system.
Evah Pirazzi Gold (Pirastro) Violin String Set Gold G Ball E
REVIEWED BY: Student, Adrianna Loomis
reviewed on: 08/23/2015
Powerful G string
I can't speak for the whole set, because i used other brands for the A, D, and E, but the silver G string had a crisp bite to it and was really colorful. I've had it on for several months now, and while it's not as impressive as it was when I first put it on, it still sounds pretty good. My instrument has a good lower register though anyways.
Evah Pirazzi Gold (Pirastro) Violin String Set Gold G Ball E
REVIEWED BY: Student, Anonymous
reviewed on: 08/11/2015
Very good strings!
When I bought my set of Evah Pirazzi Gold's I had high expectations since they were more expensive than the original Evah's I used before. When I put them on my violin it took a few days for them to break in and warm up. When they did I fell in love with this set. The brightness and projection of the strings is top notch, and very hard to rival. I used the set with the gold wound G string and it did give a rounded warm tone that I did like very much, but didn't love. I look for a darker more mellow sound on my lower register. The E string was smooth as silk and never would squeak when I played music with tricky string crossing. As for the two middle strings, they sounded much the same as the original Evah Pirazzi's and weren't anything too special. They were very warm as well and would sing well on my violin. Overall I was fairly impressed with these strings and the only reason they didn't get a five star is, because everyone's instrument is different and I believe there is no one perfect set of strings. Are they worth trying and the extra money? Of course. As I mentioned everyone's instrument is different and for some these strings can be the Holy Grail, or they can be a stepping stone in finding which set of strings is best for you.
Pirastro Olive Violin E String
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, MATTHEW LOEW
reviewed on: 07/27/2015
Very warm sound for e string! Ever since I found this string its the only one I use for E string. First Choice! Thanks
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.
Thomastik Infeld Vision Violin String Set - 4/4 Size - Medium Gauge
REVIEWED BY: GARY CHOU
reviewed on: 06/09/2015
Unsatisfactory...I wish I had never put them on my violin.
RECOMMENDATION: Do not buy. Buy Vision Solo instead. I will call Vision Solo the "poor man's" Evah Pirazzi...great projection, less bright, last 4x as long. I will call Vision regular a bad practical joke from Thomastik. Do not be fooled. These are nowhere near the same league as Vision Solo. The Vision reguar are the Vision Solo strings that failed quality control. I am so displeased that I am considering removing the brand new Vision regular strings. PITCH: After nearly 2 weeks and several hours of playing and re-tuning, these strings still cannot hold pitch. Other synthetic / metal core strings break-in in a matter of hours not WEEKS. TONE: These make my violin sound like a toy violin - thin, metallic, one-dimensional, narrow dynamic range. With Vision Solo, the violin has a full, rich tonal color palette. The Vision regular strings are not "orchestral" - they are simply lackluster. In fact, they are brighter-sounding than the Solo because of their tinniness. PRICE: Save your money and buy Dominants if you are going for an intermediate string. Then, use that money you saved and buy Vision Solo. TENSION: I am biased toward higher-tension A, D, G, so these strings feel squishy under my fingers and bow. They are not as squishy as Pirastro Obligato, however, for comparison. They also complain under bow pressure, e.g., a "biting" bow stroke. BACKGROUND: I play on a modern instrument. I am very happy with it. It is a 2001 Albert Topa from W. H. Lee, so your results may be different, depending on your instrument. I am an advanced player but not an elite player.
Evah Pirazzi Gold Viola String Set
REVIEWED BY: JAMES BULLOCK
reviewed on: 05/16/2015
You Get What You Pay For
These are expensive, but sound gorgeous and respond well on my Jim Robinson 2006 viola.
Overture Ultra Violin String Set - 4/4 size - Medium Gauge
REVIEWED BY: Teacher, ANNA BUMILLER
reviewed on: 04/24/2015
Broken within 3 weeks of normal use
A and G strings broke within 3 weeks of light, normal use on a violin that had remained in the same room in a temperature-controlled environment the entire time. I was initially happy with the playability, tone and price of these strings, but this particular violin is not my primary instrument and I can't afford to restring it all the time. If this happens to you, make sure you contact Shar immediately--I got busy with contest season for my students, and apparently strings at Shar are only under warranty for 30 days so they would not replace them for me, even though they had broken well within the 30 days.
Pirastro Wondertone Solo Violin String Set with Ball End E String - Medium Gauge
REVIEWED BY: Student, Doreen Gordon
reviewed on: 04/23/2015
Very nice strings at an affordable price
I have had this Wondertone Solo String Set on my violin for about 8 months now and have been so happy with them that I am now re-ordering. I am an adult re-learner and practice 45-60 minutes most days. When I first put them on, it was like I had a new violin.