$ 150.69 $ 129.00
$ 150.69 $ 129.00
Pirastro Passione Viola Set gut core supplies a big warm complex sound with great projection and easy bow response. Very fast break-in time compared to traditional gut strings
This medium gauge set contains:
I am greatly enjoying the warm, resonant tone of these Pirastro Passione viola strings. I’m no expert in strings, and I haven’t branched out too much from D’Adario helicore medium tension strings, but these definitely have a tone that reminds me of a hug from Grandma. It has been an adjustment for me to get used to the amount of stretching these strings require. With the helicores, I would tune them slightly sharp, and they would settle into tune within a day or two with no more peg turning (I have fine tuners). These have taken about two weeks to finally stay close to staying in tune with multiple peg turns a day.
The complaint that I have with them has to do with their sensitivity. I have had several occasions where the D and the A string produce a buzzy or whistle-like tone, not producing a true note. This has happened with both open notes as well as different fingerings on the strings. I am no professional, but in all my years of playing (over 20), I have never had this problem. I have also found that they are extremely sensitive to other vibrations around me, so that intensifies my struggle. They also seem to be much more finicky when it comes to temperature and humidity fluctuations.
Overall, I think these are wonderful solo strings for a very controlled environment. As I said, they truly have a beautiful tone that I have been looking for. However, for my situation of playing in such diverse situations (i.e. outdoors, indoors, solo, in a small band, surrounded by horns, in a large band, etc.), it feels a bit like having to cater to an aristocratic relative. I will enjoy their quality while I have them though. It is becoming an enjoyable experience to work with them in my practice at home, and I may continue to buy the G and C strings.
They break in fast, and they stay in tune MUCH better than any other gut strings I’ve ever tried. They have the traditional warm tone the gut strings give you, of course... I’ve used them for several years now, and am really happy with them...