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Pirastro Universal No.1 Violin String, E


4.5 from 34 reviews
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Specialist E string by Pirastro. Steel with fine chromesteel winding to reduce 'whistling'. Designed to match Violino, Chromcor, Tonica, Oliv, Obligato, Evah Pirazzi, Flexocor, Eudoxa and Piranito

All strings are full size, medium tension with ball ends unless specified otherwise.

Using a loop end E? The use of a protector to prevent the tuner hook breaking the string is essential with loop end E strings. We cannot accept claims for strings broken by the adjuster hook. Click here to purchase this item.

Product specifications

  • Non-whistling E-String
  • Very warm, sweet with very good projection
  • Especially easy response
  • No whistling of the open E-String
  • Compatible with all Pirastro strings
  • Ideal for musicians suffering from hand perspiration
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30/01/2011 14:36
Swadlincote, United Kingdom

Grade 8+

A loud mellow sounding non-whistling E string.
8 out of 9 found the following review helpful

Pros: The Pirastro is unusual in that it is wound, which may contribute to it producing more mid-range in tone compared to non-wound E strings. It has a lot of 'body' in the sound and doesn't whistle or give uncontrolled squeaks if bowed injudiciously, so it is a bit more forgiving. I also find it very loud, so it cuts through despite being less trebly in tone. It feels nice and silky to play, and after initial stretching in, keeps in tune well. I generally use Tomastik Dominants for G, D and A, and the Pirastro makes a good E for the set, giving a nice balanced set.

Cons: Depending on the type of music played, it may not be trebly enough - some Bluegrass fiddle styles demand a bit more top end to cut thru over the banjo.

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04/08/2011 16:44
Waterlooville, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Worth the money!
3 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: Great string and worth the money. Settled in very quickly with minimal tuning fuss. And no whistling. Very pleased.

Cons: Nothing

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02/02/2011 08:44
Beckenham, United Kingdom


Buy a Kaplan Golden Spiral for 1/3 of the price
6 out of 9 found the following review helpful

Pros: Very good quality E string with a clear and consistent tone production.

Cons: Too expensive and not as good as cheaper E strings

Other: Kaplan Golden Spiral.... You can't beat it for value but more importantly pros use them because they are the best!

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20/03/2011 15:54
Isle of Lewis, United Kingdom


very good quality string
2 out of 2 found the following review helpful

Pros: very sharp and responsive

Cons: no cons

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15/02/2011 22:47
NORWICH, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Universal E has its uses
3 out of 4 found the following review helpful

Pros: Good singing tone and excellent for certain violins, especially if the E sounds a bit strong and strident.

Cons: Not quite strong enough in an orchestra, but again it depends on the violin.

Other: If the E on the particular violin is strong, the Universal E is very good. If the E is a bit thin in sound, this will not help.

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15/08/2017 19:34
Wirral, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

So far, a good string.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: I was looking for a less harsh sounding E string to go with Dominants. Having tried several others this is the best so far. Not quite as loud as some of the others I tried but this is good on this fiddle for a better balance. Settled in quickly, almost immediately.

Cons: Nothing really.

Other: Usual excellent service from the String Zone.

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06/08/2016 06:53
Bournemouth, United Kingdom


The best E-string!
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: The Universal E-string is still my favourite. It is designed to work with any set of strings from all brands, or combinations of different strings. It allows the different pressures of materials or guages to equalize across the bridge to give a much more resonant and equal tone. Cleverly, it prevents squeaking when crossing the strings. A few other E-strings are designed to do this, but only the Universal achieves this one hundred per cent of the time. Amazing!

Cons: There is nothing I didn't like about this string.

Other: Try this string when you need to next change your E-string - don't worry about it not blending with your existing G-, D- and A- strings. You will be pleasantly surprised.

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13/11/2013 23:17
Croydon, United Kingdom


Best playing experience ever - wish it was tougher
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Best EVER playing experience I ever had playing any top E. Rated over ANY E string I've ever tried. Nuff said. Anything you could possibly think of in terms of - stability of tone, playability, brilliance, richness and depth(I purchased medium tension ). EXCEPT that...

Cons: ... They do like to break. They are sensitive to snags on the grooves of the nuts (aka "upper saddles") of both my fiddles (to be fair, both my nuts look like they could be dressed better). [Yes I did just write that]. They are not cheap, so it can be annoying. Plus inconvenient, if in the middle of a gig / recital.

Other: Advice: Fit this E as straight as possible - as straight as your pegbox allows. Perhaps also try the old graphite technique (rubbing soft pencil lead / graphite into the groove as a lubricant - never tried it myself but apparently this helps minimise wear and tear, so they hopefully last longer). For sound and performance, I definitely rate them over the Kaplan whistle-free. Even though the Kaplan seems less likely to snap, more reliable in that sense, that other string lacks the sound quality of this "No.1" (although the Kaplan whistle-free is also a great string).

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21/12/2011 20:01
NORWICH, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Non Whistling E string - it works.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: I bought this string to overcome a whistling E string problem on my new violin. The other strings are D'Addario Helicore, and this new Pirastro non whistling E string does exactly what it says ie doesn't whistle. The tone seems to match too, so I'm very happy with it.

Cons: No cons at all.

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11/06/2011 23:28
Cardiff, United Kingdom


Always buy two - as the 1st may not last!
2 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: It sounds very nice now - and goes very well with the other strings (also Pirastro)

Cons: Was very careful setting string up - but the 'loop' bit split as soon as tuned to correct pitch. Very disappointing.

Other: Stringzone were brilliant - as soon as I returned the dud string a new one sent by return. THANK YOU !

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