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Pirastro Universal No.1 Violin String, E


4.5 from 27 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 ball end, full size, and medium tension unless specified.

Using loop end strings? The use of an insert to prevent the tuner hook breaking the string is essential with loop end 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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Customer reviews:

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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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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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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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J I Sterry
15/05/2011 20:58
Colne, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Wolfing Violin E
2 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: On a new violin the E string was wolfing badly in rapid string crossing. I thought it was a bad string and replaced it with a new Pirastro E. The violin still wolfed. The Pirastro No 1 solved the problem.

Cons: So far I have had no problems with this string.

Other: The string blends well with the other Pirastro strings on the instrument. I bought a wolf note eliminator at the same time as I bought the No 1 but haven't needed it.

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30/12/2016 15:58
Naas, Ireland


Worth a try

Pros: Lovely warm sound, unlike any e string I've ever used. It wasn't particularly bright but given the fact that my violin is on the bright side of the sound spectrum, this was very welcome. It settled within a half hour of playing and it was impossible to make the string whistle!

Cons: Perhaps the first one I had was faulty but the string snapped while performing the Debussy Sonata after only 6 days! I have another and will be interested to see how long this one lasts. The string snapped right at the bridge so it could be down to my bridge rather than the string, however, this has never happened with any other e string I've used.

Other: Had it not been for this string's apparent lack of longevity I would have given it five stars as I was really impressed with the string.

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