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Pirastro Tonica Viola String Set

Item # : 485S44M


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3 Reviews

Pirastro Tonica Strings

Tonica strings have a core made from nylon. They produce a lively well-rounded sound, perfectly balanced across all four strings. Responding instantly to any bowing style, they reward both player and listener with an open and direct sound. With substantially reduced background 'hiss', players can sustain a more even tone helping to achieve smoother string crossings. With a highly responsive left hand feel, Tonica strings remain very easy to play all the way up to the highest positions.

Instrument: Viola
String Type: Set
Size: 15 - 16 1/2 inch
Gauge: Medium

A String: Aluminum wound over a synthetic core
D String: Aluminum wound over a synthetic core
G String: Silver wound over a synthetic core
C String: Tungsten-silver wound over a synthetic core

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Pirastro Tonica Viola String Set

Ratings & Reviews

9/7/2012 3:52:00 am

Great tone, caution to players at high altitude

I love the tonal quality of the Pirastro Tonica strings on my viola. They are very rich and warm and have really good projection. My viola has a very bright tone by nature, and the Tonicas help to mellow it some. My one complaint is durability. I had a gig this weekend that required me to travel by car to a slightly higher altitude, and my A string snapped while I was playing during the gig. The string was fairly new and in apparently perfect condition prior, and should have been able to withstand such a small change in altitude.

4/1/2011 4:31:00 am

Still not convinced...

I've just finished a second stint with a set of Tonicas, and have come to the same conclusion. On my instrument, the D is lovely, the G is adequate, and the C is wolfy and dead-sounding (a Jargar A was used in both cases). This is a nylon/syntheitc-core string, so the breaking-in time is quite short. Also, high-quality metals are used to wind the strings, including silver and tungsten, so the expectation is that these Tonicas will be a good set of strings. While I would definitely consider keeping the D-string in combination with another brand(s), the G, and especially the C-string sounds truly inert on my viola. One thing I do like about Pirastro strings in general, though, is that the winding around the peg end of the string is thick, allowing the string to "catch" the peg easily when putting it on.

4/20/2009 6:16:00 am

Warm, lovely sound with great ring

I love the warmth, beauty and purity of the string. I will say that I haven't found a 5-star string, so this is one of my favorites. It has a very good response, and you will not get a more lovely pianissimo sound from any other string. I used spirocores or vision solos, and i miss the power of those strings, but the Tonica's are less edgy and blend better, which is a plus for my chamber music activities. Also a superb string or the price--great value. I am a college student so price is great. I recommend this string to anyone looking for a lovely, pure, warm sound at a good price. Kim kashkashian used them once upon a time, and I can see why. My favorite of the pirastro viola strings.