Pirastro Shoulder Rests
NEW Pirastro KorfkerRest 2 violin shoulder rest is the world's lightest wood shoulder rest & is designed to offer extensive modifications to suit your personal preferences.
New features for Model 2:
ANDREA "Sanctus" is a unique rosin that combines two separate formulas in a single cake. The center part is an enhanced formula based on ANDREA's popular "SOLO," and is a physically softer and thicker rosin. The outer part is formulated to have a harder and drier texture, which gives a wonderful balance in sound while protecting the softer center rosin. As with all Andrea rosins, this product is hand-poured; made in the USA.
Pedi Shoulder Rests
The Pedi Viola Elegante shoulder rest has a titanium alloy carbon fiber body. Very comfortable and lightweight at only 2.5 ounces; replacement sponge layer included.
Fits lower bout width 20cm-26.7cm
Violin model pictured; viola model varies slightly-brackets have 5 screw positions
additional gauges available
On sale $ 139.00 $ 129.90
Larsen Viola Strings
$ 139.00 $ 129.90
New! Larsen Virtuoso Viola Set--limited time introductory offer includes 2 A* strings!
*The Original Larsen A is combined with the new Virtuoso D, G & C strings for both the Medium and Soloist sets
The Original Larsen A Medium is solid steel core wound with stainless steel flat wire. The Virtuoso Viola D, G and C strings are based on a synthetic multi-filament core and are wound with pure silver.
I have been playing violin, cello and viola for a very long time, starting with violin in 1938. I have bought and still have dozens and dozens of different rosin brands and grades. I certainly have more than my luthier's store! I doubt you could name a rosin I don't have.
Without a doubt this Andrea Sanctus viola rosin is the best I have ever used for playing viola - and it is also wonderful for my violin bows. It not only provides for a powerful tone but also grips and releases well for off string strokes and for gently tapered playing. It also seems to last through a full rehearsal session without degrading. And it inspired me to purchase the cello grade as well - which seems to be equally fine.
Larsen Virtuoso Viola Strings have been the ONLY complete set of strings in which have worked for my viola. After trying practically EVERY set of strings on the market, the overall timbre is quite balanced (unlike most strings in which are primarily synthetic core at times lose their overtones and edge all too quickly), color/tonality is also quite easy to blend with other instrumentalists. It has been also quite amazing to listen back in recording sessions and even live that the strings can stay consistent in tone throughout the dynamic ranges of volume and texture. From the always reliable and enduring lifespan of the Larsen A string, to the new D, G, C Virtuoso Viola strings, I can now say that there are FINALLY strings that can live up to violists favorite A string. Thank you Larsen for such an amazing set of strings!
I play a intermediate level German workshop violin, which has a very focused central tone and does not produce much in the way of harmonics. I’ve settled on Alliance Vivace as my reliable set, adding warmth as well as a bit of sheen to the natural sound of the instrument. The AV’s are faster response than Obligato (very slow), but not the best choice for “fiddling” - better to go w/
Zyex for presto string crossing. But for my style, the Alliance enrich the tone of my instrument.
I bought this set in November and they have been the best string on my violin so far. I have tried so many different strings on this violin and I believe to have found the perfect set for my violin. My instrument has a darker tone and it compliments it very well. The E string isn't anything special in my opinion so I get the Warchel Amber E. I wish they would allow trading the E strings, but I understand that it is a new string.
As professional violinist, I recommend this violin mute, I tried many, but it's the best mute I have tried for far.
I much prefer this set to the standard Evah Pirazzi which I find too brittle sounding and high-tension for my violin. Obligato was nice, but I wanted something with a bit more punch. I strongly recommend this version of the set, with the Silver G. The Gold G has an interesting behavior where it has a slightly gut-like delay to the start of the sound. While the tone color is certainly fascinating, that delay makes it difficult to play next to the regular D string. I tried it for a week or two but it annoyed me too much and I went back to the standard Silver G. The only drawback is that upon degrading, they become very "crunchy" sounding, and it isn't really much of a smooth falloff either. Keep them on long enough and play them past the point of no return, and instead of just becoming indistinct and soft like other brands, these things can sound terrible.
Don't waste your money...on other expensive E strings! Goldbrokat's standard 26 E may be under two bucks, but it's one of the best sounding and long-lasting E strings on the market. Having tried many other options, including the fancy gold, platinum, whatever that is out there, I keep coming back to this one. I always have extras in my case pocket to give to colleagues and students when they are stuck without one at a gig, rehearsal, or concert.
I love the sound this gives you. It allows more of the overtones to come through so the sound has a bit more presence than your ebony or Tourte mute. I find it ideal in a chamber music setting. Yes, it's expensive fr a mute, but worth it.
This is the great case to travel with, very light, me and my brother have this case, very simple and cool looking inside, absolutely love it! Thank you Concord!
I just put these strings on my violin and expected it to constantly go out of tune. I just tuned it once, and it is amazingly level. Ahh, the wonders of steel strings. They are dirt cheap, but one of the best E strings out there. I currently have them on with my Dominants, because the old E string was horrible. Amazing.
I have found the Amber G string (as well as the other strings in the Amber line, especially the Silver D) very compatible with my 18th C French violin. It has the warmth and richness of gut strings yet with great stability and response. These strings have lower tension than many other brands, which make them so responsive on my instrument. These strings last a long time, another reason I like them so much.
It's one of the greatest e strings, I've been using this string at least last 7 years, great warm tone, doesn't whistle, simply love it!
An emergency appendectomy last month with restrictions against lifting anything over 10 lbs for 4-6 week’s led me to search for a reasonably priced, sturdy, light-weight case. With great support and quick action from Concord Musical Supplies, I received my Pedi case right away, and love it! It meets all my needs.
I tried the Warchal Brilliant cello strings after being disappointed with other brands I had tried on my current cello (Mirecourt c. 1890), which I have had for two years. The strings took 3-4 days to lose their edge, and about 7 days to stop stretching and settle in. The Brilliant strings are superb, comparable to the Larsen A and D that I used to favor on my previous cello (Germany, 1890), before they became so expensive. The cello I now have took over a year to really open up, but I was disappointed in the upper register. No longer. The Warchal Brilliant A and D are richer, with more projection, than I thought possible. The strings are even across all registers. They bring out the best in my instrument.
Chords are easy to play, in fact, the response is quick in general.
Beforehand, I had worried that they might have a rather "plastic" feel, but in fact, the feel under the hand is very similar to the metal core strings I have played my whole life. The only caveat I have is that with fine tuners, you have to turn twice as far to achieve the same change in pitch.
After a lot of research I decided to buy this set. My goodness I didn't know my chinese cello could sound that great. It brought so much brightnes, richness, so much tone, and even volume. I am thinking that this set is able to get the best out of my cello. I am very satisfied and don't intend to ever try another set. The only drawback is that because of that new super sound, a little wolf on D# showed up. So I had a wolf eliminator and now it is almost imperceptible. What surprised me the most was the A string. It has a dark and warm sound, which was what I was so desperate about. I hate mettalic sound, and all my previous strings were somehow mettalic to my ears. Also the C and G strings are so playable that it makes easy to get a piannissimo or fortissimo.
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This is a tough one. So far the Warchal brilliant set has been my favorite set on my cello so far. I play on an old German cello and these strings produce a tone that is wonderfully resonant, clear, and warm. The only problem I had with this set is that the A string does not last very long. I had changed it twice before I decided to go with the Warchal Prototype A string. I prefer the sound of the synthetic A but the prototype string is a good compliment to the rest of the set. As well it is not far off the sound of the synthetic string, and so far has held up to lots of use. I highly recommend the Warchal Prototype A along with the Brilliant D,G,and C strings.
It's incredible. It projects at least as much as the Magnacore Arioso D or Larsen Solo D, but it's brighter (not at all tinny, though), more responsive, longer-lasting, and much easier under the left hand; that is, if you apply the same horizontal force with your left hand, you will slide farther on the Versum Solo D. Nor does it buckle under pressure. Additionally, it has a very clear, focused, natural tone, not at all processed like Larsen D strings. Even so, I think it blends better with the Magnacore A than any Larsen D because of its brightness and clarity. The Versum Solo D is the most soloistic D string I have ever played. Note: there can be some surface noise for as much as a week after installing; totally worth it.
I put these on my instrument and have been very pleased. They have good projection, a full warm tone. Also like the feel of the strings. I've recommended them to a couple other friends and they too have been happy with them. I felt that the description of the strings from Jargar is reasonably accurate.
I was a long-time user of another, similarly shaped, much lower priced shoulder rest, but developed some upper back/neck pain and started looking into other options. It seems that for my particular set up this shoulder rest works better -- and I love that the feet don't seem to move (or to damage the instrument). Exceptionally lightweight, also. I would not have expected 1 oz to make such a difference, but the sound is much more focused and immediate. I agree with the previous reviewer that the instrument is more responsive than I have felt with other shoulder rests.
I really love these strings!! Warm, easy response, long lasting and powerful sound. They work really good on my 1997 viola. I prefer D medium, and C - D heavy. I haven't try A string, because for me the A is always Larsen.
We had a defective G silver string. Concord forwarded it to the US Pirazzi dealer, and the dealer replaced the entire set at no cost to us. Very impressed with their service.
First time i am trying them on ans i love them
I bought the regular Evah Pirazzi strings last year for my new viola hoping it would broaden my tone and sound. (It did). When I was in need for a new set I knew I could count on the Pirazzi series so I took the risk of buying the gold set. The C,G, and D strings have a more softer sound than the regular Pirazzi's but it did not prevent my viola from singing. While the normal Pirazzi's focus more on the bolder sound, the gold series focuses on soft, tender yet projectable sound. It makes me tear up every time I play with this set as it never fails to sing each note as I play. The Larsen A is a perfect combination with the Gold series as it doesn't whine as it gets higher. Rather, the A balances itself with the tender tone of the gold strings. The Larsen A can also reach very high ranges without losing its clarity! In addition to the great sound, the strings also have a great settling period as it only took the strings a day to settle! Yet another great product made by Pirastro! Highly recommend!!!!
I have used Vision for many years, first on an Ernst Heinrich Roth (Guarneri model) back in college, and now my current instrument by Ran Dim (Chicago, USA). While many newfangled strings have come on the market, any player looking for a long-lasting, consistent, and pitch-stable string with plenty of power should not overlook the regular Vision set from Thomastik. Despite it's lower cost, it offers many of the characteristics sought by those spending $80, $90, and more on string sets, and it doesn't have some of the rapid falloff in response or "crunchy" tone that occurs with some of today's premium sets.
I play on a modern instrument and I am already using a second set of Kaplan Amo Strings. I like them very much. I've tried Kaplan Vivo but found them too harsh and slow to respond. Before switching to d'Addario I used Obligato strings and I prefer Amo to Obligato primarily for the longevity of the former. I'd recommend these strings for their quick break in time, even sound through the registers and because they last somewhat longer than others I've had in the past.
Excellent balance of warmth and brilliance, sounds clear, response is very good, it is powerful and has great projection. Considering the international shipping it was pretty fast the delivering time. Matched very well my Spirocores. I narrowed down my string choices and online suppliers to the Jargar Special Forte A and Concord, i'm very happy with both.
great string E string, always speaks
The Eva Golds are resonant, powerful, and meaty. I think they are a big improvement over regular Eva's on my viola.
I did not know the string and I confess that I was afraid of acquiring them and did not correspond to the investment, but at the first pass of the bow the sound came out brilliantly.
I've been using Oliv strings for eight years and I love them! The C string in particular, has wonderful resonance and strong warm qualities. If you haven't played it before you have to get used to it as it is a thick string. If you and your cello like it, stay with it. Personally, I can never go back to steel again. I love gut strings!
Wanted to like this string as I have been a hesitant fan of the original Evah Pirazzi's (loud and tense but without a lot of warmth or color) and also like PI's but they're very expensive. Hoped this would be a good balance between the two but have never struggled so much with a G string before. Had a lot of difficulty playing parts of Wieniawski Polonaise in D and Zigeunerweisen that resolved upon changing strings. May be a good string for some but definitely not all.
Was skeptical at first of the "anti-whistle" technology and what sacrifices had to be made to achieve it, but I love this string (previously using the Evah Pirazzi Gold E string). Balances well with my Vision Titanium/Solo setup, makes double-stops easy, sings beautifully and has a brilliance and resonance I wasn't experiencing beforehand with the EPG E, although I'm not sure if that's due to the string going false or the string itself.
Great if you like Peter Infeld strings, which I had been experimenting with but trying to find a cheaper alternative to. Powerful and focused, though I am still trying to get used to them. A touch metallic/brash/harsh