Pirastro Perpetual violin strings - good strings/durability?
Perpetual is Pirastro´s newest string. Before it was just for cello. The string gauge is only in medium: (kp) 7.9, 5.7, 4.9, 4.8 vs (Evah Pirazzi) 7.8, 5.6, 4.8, 4.9 . So it’s on the hard side.
On my violin: The tone is strong, clear. Fast response. Easy to play pp and ff (the strings won´t stop you). But is lacking a "soul". The PI strings are a little bit darker, more “round/noble”. The set is even. Prefect set! I love the platinum e-string. A non-whistler. I wouldn´t try the "hard" version on my violin. That one for PI is far too strong, it will coke my violin. There is also a Pirazzi platinum e-string. “Same” string. I think that string and PI strings are a good combination.
The durability was not good (at least this time): The A-string (normal) lasted only around 26 days (max 80h). The winding got badly damaged in the lower positions. Then hard to shift. I had to change the string. This has never happened to me before with for example PI. And for the first time ever I broke an e-string, the Perpetual. I have tried many e-strings in my life!
Another option would be to try the Perpetual steel string and go “Russian style”.
I can´t recommend Perpetual because of the price and the longevity of this set. Hopefully G and D will last longer. Then I change only A and E. However - PI is a better deal. And has a “soul” (in my violin).
For "round/noble" go gut, not Pi (I know I won't convince you, however). That said, despite the high tension (which many if not most players are accustomed to, even if it's not my preference), this new Perpetual core seems to feel softer under the hands at the same tension than "EP Standard", by what others have stated.
If you've got a string life of less than a month, and you don't normally wear out strings quickly, I'd suggest emailing Pirastro. You might have gotten a defective set or the like.
Max, thanks for the review!
I have a set of tricolore for my violin and for viola that I plan to test after the summer. Meanwhile I recommend Oliv stiff G with silver D, passione solo A and Evah pirazzi platinum E. The weakest one in that combo is the A. Currently trying a Aricore-Eudoxa A instead of the passione. Jury is still out.....
447Hz for A is a bit extreme.
I put on a new Perpetual A string ( no 2). After around 2 weeks: time to change again. Now to my 2 month old A-PI. Still going strong! 2 A every month is too expensive! I have only this problem with Perpetual!
They do not appear to be very "perpetual" :-)
I think 2 weeks is a bit of an exaggeration, unless you played 8 hours+ on them daily. "New string sound" does generally wear off faster than two weeks. But I am not discounting your experience-likely we have different thresholds for when a string should be changed.
Perpetual means you have to keep replacing them perpetually.
100+ hours and no complaints or issue.
Max, are the synthetic A strings coming apart, or are you replacing them because you feel that the sound has deteriorated?
As a side note, recently ordered another of these Pirastro Platinum Es-Perpetual's standard set E-in Evah Pirazzi flavor, as I think they are genuinely good (vs placebo good.) The price is just slightly above the Oliv/Obligato gold-plated E, *seems* to not be whistle prone in comparison, and to me appear a tonal blend of the Oliv E and the Eudoxa wound E without the cons (possible whistling for the former, adds brilliance to the instrument vs dulling it for the latter-wound Es also tend to sound less brilliant at the topmost register.) Its open E is much easier to adapt to different fingerings, because it's not intrusive, and while still sounding "like steel", the tonal balance is not bad at all from synthetic A to E. It's like a more brilliant gold-plated E, with more body and warmth at the same time, and also helping the lower strings stand out better with more brilliance (in my experience.)
Goldbrokat 27 E > Perpetual E > Goldbrokat 26 E
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