Pure silver wound on natural gut.
3 out of 3 found the following review helpful
Pros: this is the thickest, darkest sounding c string that you can buy, with great depth of tone and terrific resonance. it is probably best used on a substantial cello that can take a fair degree of tension (it feels that it plays at greater tension than eudoxa). i would also suggest it is ideal for a cello that sounds a bit thin (it might even go well with a Belgian bridge)
Cons: on the down side, the extra thickness and rigidity over eudoxa means it has less variety of sound - how near you play to the bridge affects the character less than on a eudoxa string and you cannot quite get the same edge to the sound. as with all gut strings it's pitch is badly affected by slight changes in heat and humidity so you will need to to tune throughout a concert, probably at times in mid movement. for some reason the c string seems more badly affected in this way than the 'd'and'g'.
Other: the 'd' and 'g' strings not surprisingly have similar characteristics. i have not tried an 'a' string but oliv label 'c','g'and 'd' combined with an 'eva pirazzi stark 'a', on a 30 year old modern copy of a montagnana seem very satisfying to play.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful
Pros: Absolutely wonderful bass sound, really makes your instrument sound like it should.
Cons: Difficult to get used to if you are a steel player, although after about 3 months you get the hang of it and start making wonderful sounds. Very soft feel under the fingers, and it has a lot of "give". Forget about doing any fast playing straight away, you really have to have a solid bow technique to make these speak, particularly with subtle use of the fingers.
Other: Combined with eudoxa on the top (the "Isserlis" set up) it sounds wonderful. Requires some effort to get a solid bow technique working.
1 out of 4 found the following review helpful
Pros: I have bought these particular strings as spares, so haven't tried them yet. I can say, however, that there is no other kind of C string that I would consider using. I've tried others and this is the only one of sufficient quality.
Cons: Only possible con is that sometimes the binding is too thick to go through either the peg hole or the hole in the tailpiece.