Very ergonomic, very light, very strong. The best suspension system I've seen: the instrument barely touches the case but is well secured. The straps are also well designed and comfortable; you don't notice you're carrying a violin on your back. The outside surface of the case does scratch easily, but you'd rather scratch your case than your fiddle...
Strings are more than I could ever imagine!
The most warm, resonant sounding C string I've played on. Prefer the tungsten spiral over Versum Solo and Larsen Magnacore. Can't go wrong!
I ordered both the Jargar A and D Superior in the Forte gauge and I have been so happy with the qualities they have brought to my cello. My cello is on the darker side tonally and I feel that these strings allow my cello to keep it's natural color while giving it a boost in projection. Under the ear it sounds great and the strings are quick to respond to both left and right hands. Having played practically every A, D soloist string available(Permanent Soloist being my favorite prior to Jargar Superior), I will happily keep these strings on my cello going forward.
I tried this rosin on the basis of the product description. i recently acquired a wonderful modern cello ( 2013, and not played much at all, Evah Gold strings all around) and have been having good results with my old Liebenzeller. This rosin, however, is ( for me) exactly as described, the sound is amazingly silky and smooth. Bow changes are silent and effortless, and i think that my cello sounds richer, too. I am so happy i tried this rosin! ( i bought a small cake, it's pretty big, i don't seem to have to use too much. ) This rosin could probably smooth down a bright, edgy cello, or bring out the beauty in an older one.Thank you...
As always, service is excellent, price is great, and the strings are good. I have been a very happy customer since Concord started!
This new set is the third or fourth I have bought, so what I say is based on some experience.
I used to play on Pirastro Olive strings and I still think they are wonderful. But very often I couldn't even play one movement without having to retune; especially the A. So when I became aware of the existence of Passione (they even cost a little less!) I tried. They are not quite as easy to play as far as getting various different tones out of them, but still almost as easy. And they keep their tune through a whole rehearsal. So they solve a substantial practical problem.
I am now committed to these strings. I do not think I can do better--at least not on my violin.
The improved clarity is immense. The sound is so incredibly focused. The volume is identical to Evah Gold. No improvement at all. Tone is relatively full, not thin like Vision Ti strings. The strings resonate so much more, so I hear more (improved intonation). The quality of my violin is drastically improved. The E string is to be avoided. 27g Goldbrokat is better for only $1.65
I love this combo as a set! Julie at Concord knows I'm a complete string geek and I always enjoy chatting with her about the different strings that cellist enjoy.
It's taken me a while to find the perfect set of strings that compliment my instrument and playing. I suggested that this should be a package on the website and I was happy to see her list it immediately!
The A and D Evah Gold's have a very clear and crisp sound with a nice sense of warmth to them. I love the deep "buttery" sound of the Larsen Magnacore's on the G and C. They have a warmth and depth of sound that keeps on giving! I know each instrument can be different, but I have enjoyed this combo much more than the regular set of Larsen/Spirocores or any other string combo I have used. It's definitely worth the few extra dollars.
I've used these strings for the cello solos on CeCe Winan's recent grammy awarding-winning album, recording with Kelly Clarkson, solos for Destiny 2 and Mass Effect Andromeda video games.
The strings serve me well in the recording studio and concert halls where I can achieve various colors of sound. The response on my instrument is immediate and the projection is great. I hope other cellists enjoy them as much as I do!
After lots of shopping I decided on this Bam case. It’s exactly what I wanted. It’s sturdy, waterproof and lightweight. Thanks, Concord
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