The latest string from Pirastro is designed to produce the highest quality of tone usually obtained only with a traditional gut string but with the the power and stability of a metal based string.
Set of 4 strings.
11 out of 13 found the following review helpful
Pros: Ongoing sound problems with my late 18th/early 19th century English cello, required a luthier's attention. Together we decded to put metal covered gut strings on, as the nearest and best available, which the cello was originally built to play on. My luthier suspected that a gut core string would 'free up' the cello's sound. He was right. These expensive strings offer a rich, warm tone with extra overtones and really bring out the complexity of this superior cello's sound. Moreover, I've gained power not lost it. Dark and rich, these strings respond surprisingly well under the bow and it doesn't take long to adjust to the thickness of the strings , especially the C string. The stability of tuning is not too bad either, despite dire warnings about this, I have found Passiones pretty OK in this. I will be keeping these strings on this cello for quite a while, as I have been pleasantly surprised by them.
Cons: Tuning stability is not as good as an all metal string, but is suprisingly stable, but you do have to keep listening and giving the odd tweak on the adjuster now and again, especially if you are a strong, powerful player. Rather expensive, but could be worth it if your cello is 'strangled' by modern strings, or you are looking for extra richness and beauty of tone.
Other: Stingzone had these strings to me very quickly and were very efficient.
A and D good, G and C ... jury's still out!
Pros: The A and the D sounded great, with relatively little playing in, and give that mellow tone quality you would otherwise only get from gut strings, but with the obvious advantage of the fine adjusters for tuning.
Cons: The G and C, on the other hand, took a lot of playing in, and after a week I thought they would just never stay in tune. The pitch has settled now though, but I'm still getting used to metallic sound, which is much more noticable on the bottom two strings. I'm used to playing on Pirastro Eudoxa G and C, and haven't ruled out going back to these, as I'm having to adjust the weight I can put on the string before it starts to scratch, and particularly the open strings still sound quite harsh and tinny to me.
2 out of 5 found the following review helpful
Pros: Warm sound, nice feel, no 'open string' shocks!
Cons: Well.. My G an C don't stay in tune.. And I spoke to somebody else who says they take around 15 mins playing in to settle down. I agree. I've not used the pegs so much Ever... So.. All in all, not sure they are better than my trusted jargar's which I've used for decades!!