Set of 4 strings in medium tension, ball or loop end E.
The modern gut cored string. Old sound, modern stability
These incredible strings are the latest strings from Pirastro designed to combine the best qualities of synthetic cored strings with the traditional gut sound. True gut sound with plenty of volume plus excellent tonal stability. Recommended rosin: Oliv/Evah Pirazzi.
All strings are ball end, full size, medium tension unless specified.
8 out of 8 found the following review helpful
Pros: Settled very quickly for gut strings, lovely tone quality, can't describe it, you'd just have to hear it for yourself.
Other: Don't know how long they will last I've only had them on for 3 weeks now. I have been playing anything up to 6 hours a day so my strings do take a hammering. My last ones were Evah Pirrazzi and in comparison the sound of the passione are much warmer and complex, not so brilliant. suits my orchestral playing.
7 out of 8 found the following review helpful
Pros: I play fiddle music and decided to try some gut strings despite being told that gut strings would be unstable when exposed to moist conditions and less responsive than the Obligato strings I normally use. I chose Pirastro Passione and after they settled in they are drop dead gorgeous. They are a dream to play for both a slow waltz or a fast rhythmic breakdown. I can get a dry edgy sound that is complex and strong plus the strings are certainly very responsive. I live on the edge of Exmoor and play in pubs so the air can be quite humid and changeable but I have no trouble with strings going out of tune . With Passione strings I can still use fine tuners and by clipping a guitar tuner onto my chin rest I can quickly tune up, usually once during an evening session, and often my violin is still in tune when I first take it out of the case. I am converted I love them.
Cons: They do take a bit longer to break in than the manufacturer says.
Other: For the first two days they were unplayable then for the next week or so they needed tuning quite a lot but on the third week they were stable and sounded sublime.
6 out of 6 found the following review helpful
Pros: These strings have a big, rich sound - I have been using eudoxa and notice a big difference. They seem to suit my old fiddle well.
Cons: They take a long time to settle in. The D string in particular still sounded a bit harsh after a fortnight, although I do think that the result is worth the playing-in.
Other: They seem a bit expensive to try for the first time, but the quality of sound has won me over.
5 out of 5 found the following review helpful
Pros: Mellow tone- great for Brahms
Cons: Fine for my primary instrumetn which has a bright tonality. Not good on my back-up instrument which has a mellow/ muffled tone anyway
Other: You get what you pay for- fine quality string and a year on no string breaks (touch wood)
3 out of 3 found the following review helpful
Pros: I've had these Pirastro Passione strings on for a couple of weeks - obviously took a time to settle in and required regular tuning at the first couple of gigs. Now more stable, but not yet as stable as the Eva Pirazzi Gold set they replaced. I play professionally, performing about 100 gigs a year at the moment. I play lyrical slow airs through to very fast Irish & Scottish trad pieces. The response time is very fast, the strings seem to articulate every single thing being played and this took some getting used to - but is wonderful! The tone is beautiful. I was anticipating a richer mellow sound, it is that, but it also has an edge and allows one to be very expressive. The strings do feel very nice under the fingers and I enjoy playing on them. I find the balance of tone and feel across the strings very good and I actually like the E string supplied. I use wittner fine tuning pegs (no fine tuners at tailpiece). Much nicer than the Eva Pirazzi Gold set they replaced. I will be buying these again (providing they have a sensible lifespan).
Cons: Expensive! I worry about a string breakage, I have a set of cheaper strings which are very stable waiting in the case, I wouldn't want to replace one of these at a gig as the settling in period would make the violin unplayable for the evening! I'll have to pick a gap in my schedule when the time for changing strings comes, at this price I'm hoping it'll be a while. The main problem in the first instance was a different response to bow speed and pressure. "Digging in" to the A string has to be at a faster bow speed than I've used previously as heavier pressure and a slow bow speed produces a dramatic flattening of the note - quite a surprise the first few times that happened!
2 out of 2 found the following review helpful
Pros: Yes they are as good as I hoped! Gives so much more colour and warmth to the sound than Evah Pirazzis.
Cons: There's nothing to not like about these strings. Yes they take a few hours to settle but that's to be expected.
Other: Go on try them!
2 out of 2 found the following review helpful
Pros: This is a nice string,quite a full sound with overtones and good depth,bow contact is resonably good.However they still have a "synthetic" feel to them with less power than the Olives which I think are unbeatable!
Cons: not as powerful as I had thought
Other: Probably good string for those who have never played with gut but would like to try.
2 out of 3 found the following review helpful
Pros: Nice sound, rich and warm. Nice feel under the fingers, as a player of Irish traditional music I need strings to be quick and reponsive. They're quite loud too. Nice for the odd slow air as well as dance music.
Cons: They seem to have taken an age to settle in, 2 days after they putting them one were losing half a tone during every set, though it was a very warm hall. Lesson learnt, though I wouldn't normally change strings 2 days before a gig. As regards tone quailty I have nothing to say against them.
Other: Still not sure if I will stick with Passione - I'm still in two minds whether or not to go back to Evah Pirrazzi which are very good all round strings and have a slightly sharper tone quality.
nice sound but not good with too much pressure
Pros: I did like the sound of those strings in the first place...
Cons: but frankly they don't respond well to the pressure of my bow producing a lot of "cracks" and I could never have a clear attack, there would always be a squeaky sounds around the corner so I gave up using them after a month… I will admit that I like using a strong pressure with my bow when playing so depending on your level you might not have the same issue...