Are Eudoxas really this loose?

May 26, 2005 at 01:04 AM · I just put on a set of the Pirastro Eudoxas. I haven't used a set of Eudoxas in like five years. I really like the tone but the tension feels weird. I don't remember the G and D string feeling so..."loose". Perhaps I've been playing on synthetic strings that require more tension for so long that I've forgotten how soft gut really is. I had a set of Olivs on my violin about six months ago and I don't remember them feeling this loose. Is this a common characterstic with the Eudoxa strings? I'm not going to change them...I love the sound too much. I'm sure I can get use to the looseness although I'm to have to adjust my bowing abit.


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May 26, 2005 at 01:39 AM · Hi,

Lance, the normal Eudoxa are really that loose. They are the lowest tension string on the market. That's the great part (to me at least). The Oliv have a stiff G and D and the tension is higher (so people can press more...). A lot of modern synthetics (Dominants excepted) are very tense so the transition can be a little disconcerting going to good old Eudoxas. However, the advantages of the tension in the Eudoxa is that you can do more with bow speed and contact point, you don't have to work as hard with the left hand, and they are more responsive. However, you can't press with them (but why would one want to anyway). ENJOY!


May 26, 2005 at 03:40 AM · Thanks for the response. I really like these strings. I played with them for about 2 hours tonight and found that they are really responsive and piano passages are clear and forte just as good. Great dynamic range. Harmonics are great too. I'm not sure if I like the e-string so much though. It likes to whistle but maybe it's just me trying to adjust my bowing to these strings. Eudoxas just might be my new favorite. I almost don't have to apply much effort to get the tone that I want out the instrument and my strings. I can only imagine what these will sound like on my violin after they've settled and have broken in. Low tension rocks! :)

May 26, 2005 at 12:02 PM · Hi,

Lance, glad you like them. They are really great. I never use the Eudoxa with them. I usually use a Golden Spiral Solo medium E with gut strings, which I like best. The Goldbrokat also works well, but personally, I prefer the Golden Spiral.

But enjoy. I wish I could afford them all the time. They are so much easier to play, and so much more satisfying. They have a range of color and dynamics way beyond that of any other strings.


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