New Viola Strings
Pirastro Perpetual viola...
I wonder how people who've tried the violin strings have been liking them.
From what I've heard / read, they seem to tend to be more focused but less complex (and to my ears, less interesting) than Evah (greens) or Evah Gold.
I'm curious about these as well. They have a rope core like Helicore. I wonder how they compare to Helicore and Forza?
It looks like only the C has a rope core. The D and G have a synthetic core.
These strings are Gods gift to humanity. They give you exuberant projection, vibrant response, enticing playability, vast tone volume, clearly focused sound projection, exuberant lustre, optimal response and instantly reliable tuning stability - all according to the link above
Does that mean you want them for your BIRTHDAY, Bo?
From Pirastro's site:
And the Forza's are also stranded steel rope core with similar windings for the (G) and (C), but the (D) is aluminum instead of titanium.
After 25 years of searching for ideal strings for my #1 viola I settled on Pirastro Permanent D & G strings a couple of years ago with which it produces glorious sound. For the A and C strings I finally decided Thomastik Dominant Weich suited this instrument best. I use "long" viola strings although the vibrating string length (VSL) of this 16-inch viola is only 375mm. (This further reduces the string tension.)
Hi Amrita, Perpetuals are the new strings, not Permanents.
I honestly love Pirastro strings, their customer service, etc. But their marketing department is far behind the quality of the strings. Also whoever decides to discontinue stuff for business purposes are *very* aggressive in their work.
I vaguely remember that they called Olivs “the noble sound.” I could be wrong.
I love the Gold strings too, bright and warm at the same time while being low tension. I did find them a bit less pitch stable than Eudoxa, which is a pity as otherwise I would use them. I wish they could introduce a Passione-Gold hybrid - one can always dream.
As far as I am aware, Gold label gut has been discontinued for viola. Which is sad, as I loved the string. I do still use Gold label for one of my violins, I hope the violin version of the string is not cancelled as the viola string has been. When my current set of Gold Label viola strings need replacing I will try Tricolore, which is on my other viola... but I am not sure it will suit it.
I am intrigued by Andrew Victor's use of steel for G and D, but low tension synthetics for the C and A: most violists I know do the opposite! I use matched sets, trusting the maker to know what they are doing, but in the current lock-down, I have time to try Andrews idea.
The e string is elegant, intense, penetrating. A true wonder. I though the D and A were very convincing. A bit disappointed by the G which to my ear lacks a bit of ooomph. Worth an (exoensive) try definitely especially if you like the overall Pirastro universe with a twist but not quite yet the Thomastik fizziness. They sound less bouncy (a good quality for me) than the Pirazzis (standard or Gold)
Pirastro is reading this thread: "exuberant lustre" is no longer a characteristic of the Perpetual strings. :)
Adrian - There is nothing intriguing about the choice of strings on my viola #1. It was a last-resort solution for a very raspy sounding C string - and I never liked the non-matching and penetrating sound of the Jargar or Larsen A strings.
Half covering an f-hole will indeed lower the Ao resonance, but will lessen its power, and make it more "pointed", as well as increasing the gap between this air resonance and the main wood resonance (F/F# on the D-string). Like a French horn doubled by an oboe.