I'm surprised people still buy Pirastro aricores/piranito/flexcore/synoxa...
or Thomastik's PRÄZISION VIOLIN, LAKATOS/Spirocore...
Are these lesser-known brands still profitable?
They're probably not in constant production. They likely do large batches, wait for them to mostly sell off, then manufacture another large batch.
Aricores are lovely warm, smooth-sounding strings. I use them on my "teaching violin" for delicate youngsters in small rooms, or on my narrow, rather nasal viola.
Did you mean "FlexOcor"? I think the current Pirastro violin brand for that is Flexocor-Permanent.
The amount of $ flow coming from Dominant and EP sales keeps all other lines afloat.
You've got to remember that part of the marketing model for a company like Pirastro is to have a mind-numbing variety of string choices. That way, when there are comparative lists of various properties of strings, their brand will have the biggest share.
A very interesting insight, Adalberto.
I can speak for Pirastro, having directly represented the company in Italy since the 1990s. The previous management many years ago made the mistake of discontinuing some string sets that were selling quite well. The replacements bombed, so they were forced to reinstate the Original-this and the Original-that.