Pirastro Obligato Viola String Set - Medium Gauge
Pirastro Obligato Strings
Warm and sonorous tone quality, rich with overtones. Produces an impressive amount of volume, a very dynamic response and great playability. Excellent uniformity across all strings with pliable feel under the finger. Resistant to changes in temperature and humidity.
String Type: Set
A String: Aluminum wound over a steel core, Removeable Ball End
D String: Silver wound over a synthetic core
G String: Silver wound over a synthetic core
C String: Tungsten-silver wound over a synthetic core
String Tonal Profile:
The Best String Guarantee
Please inspect your strings immediately upon receipt. Installed strings are not returnable unless they break within the first 30 days after purchase.
30-Day String Return Policy
Unopened strings may be returned within 30 days so that we may supply all our customers with the freshest possible strings. Because of tonal qualities of each instrument are unique we cannot accept string returns for reasons of tone including false strings.
If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.248.7427 or email us at email@example.com
PIRASTROFrom Germany, Founded in 1798
It is the quality of our strings and rosin that makes PIRASTRO a well known name standing for reliability and beauty of sound. Many musicians of bowed classical instruments prefer PIRASTRO strings because of the string's ability to modulate and alter the tone. This allows the musician to create an individual sound and to evoke the special sound characteristics of their instrument.
From our beginnings as a small workplace of craftsmen in Offenbach near the Main River, a modern company has evolved, with over 150 employees. Today's production is based on computer-aided machines for precision manufacturing. In former times sheep gut was the sole raw material available, but now state-of-the-art synthetics and various steel and non-steel strands, such as gold, tungsten, silver or titanium are used.
Our research and development technicians work closely together with professional musicians in each stage of the development of our strings. Sophisticated research and development and quality control ensure PIRASTRO strings set an industry standard.
Musicians can choose from the most comprehensive string selection available, which offers gut strings such as Oliv, Eudoxa or Chorda, synthetic strings like Evah Pirazzi, Obligato or Tonica and steel strings such as Permanent, Flexocor or Chromcor.
Ratings & Reviews
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!
Great in the practice room, but...
Obligato viola strings sound velvety, right out of the packaging. They have a warm, round timbre that makes the idea of a few hours of practicing delightful. So why two stars? Because they lack anything resembling projection (not loudness, projection). Looking to hide in the viola section, or be swallowed by your pianist during your recital? Then these are for you. If you want your nuance and subtlety audible, having spent countless hours honing these abilities, look elsewhere.
Clear and bright
Obligato strings have a clarity and brilliance to them that other viola strings lack. I disagree with the previous reviewer about projection; these strings project very well and they respond more readily than Dominants or Zyex strings. They also stay in tune remarkably well, which of course isn't a necessity but is a nice bonus feature.
I have tried many strings over the years, but this is the first to be fully satisfactory. These strings play well throughout their long life, without deterioration of sound quality. The tone is warm, powerful, and rich in overtones. I use these on several different instruments with excellent results. The best thing is their stability in humid and changing weather conditions.
Responsive, balanced strings
My Ming-Jiang Zhu AA viola came strung with Dominants. At the suggestion of my local luthier, who has made several beautiful violas, I restrung with Obligatos and I have noticed better responsiveness and a stronger, more balanced sound. I can't afford to experiment with every kind of viola string but for now I am quite satisfied with Obligatos. The strings didn't wow me, but they're a big improvement over Dominants.
I have found the strength and warmth of Obbligato strings to be superior on my Rudolph Deutsch viola, and no longer use other strings (have tried Vision, Zyex, and Dominant). If within one's budget, I highly recommend them.