Larsen Viola String, A

By Larsen

4.6 from 19 reviews
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Ball end, Medium tension
26 in stock
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5 in stock
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* All strings are ball end, unless otherwise specified.


Chrome steel on solid steel core. Ball or loop end.

Recommended for violas with a playing scale of 35-38cm which covers most violas of back length 15-16.5 inches

Customer reviews:

Rating Summary
27/02/2011 19:46
Wickford, United Kingdom

Grade 8+

Larsen still my favourite Viola A
6 out of 7 found the following review helpful

Pros: Reliable, stays in tune when playing and in the case, good tone throughout range, easy to speak at higher registers, good range of power at all registers, long lasting, works well with other makes of string, responds with sympathetic resonance to other makes.

Cons: No cons

Other: Still my favourite A string after trying many others.

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09/10/2013 13:08
EXETER, United Kingdom


A full, straight-forward sound....
5 out of 6 found the following review helpful

Pros: This is a strong, powerful-sounding, high quality steel core string – yet full, quite warm and well- rounded, almost 'solid-sounding', but never tinny or strident at all. It’s not a particularly complex sounding (on my Viola anyway) but I’m pleased I decided to trial it. It’s a reliable and predictable open A sound and that’s nice. It was recommended to me as a replacement for my Obligato as I wanted to try and get a ‘firmer’, stronger sounding ‘A string sound’ on my Viola. Blends well overall, but was initially a bit more of a jump from the ‘D’ string sound than I thought it would be – but has settled now and blends well.

Cons: A much thinner string than the Obligato ‘A’ that it replaced (although both medium tension steel core strings but the Obligato with Aluminium winding and the Larsen with Chrome winding) – almost reminiscent of a very cheap steel violin ‘E’ string cheese cutter under the finger (to a viola player anyway!)– will take some getting used to for me as harsher under the finger, but I like the reliable “power sound”.

Other: Came with a bridge protector tube which I didn’t use because my bridge already had a protector tab in place for the A string – but given this is a thin string by Viola ‘A’ string standards - it does cut in to the bridge somewhat, so I’d use it in future. Not particularly relevant, but nice packaging from Larsen – the faux wax seal on the packet was a nice touch! Check out the manufacturer’s website – very interesting!

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07/03/2012 10:04
Plymouth, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

A good viola A
3 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: More substantial sound than a synthetic A and blends well with Dominant C,G,D.

Cons: Nothing.

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04/08/2015 00:39
Sheffield, United Kingdom


Works well for me with obligato lower strings.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Sounds great on my viola combined with DGC obligato's. Settles in very quickly and has a warm, clear, bell like tone that carries well. A good alternative to Eudoxa set which have a beautiful sound on my viola, but are not as stable and do not last as long.

Cons: N/a

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14/07/2015 17:48
cupar, United Kingdom


An excellent viola string
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Many violists like the Laren A for its cleanness of sound and its lack of stridency. I haven't come across a better-sounding A. I have had a number over many years and they always give satisfaction, this one replacing a (good) Evah Pirazzi on a viola I bought recently and out-performing it for clarity and sweetness of sound, in my view.

Cons: Nothing at all

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14/06/2011 14:07
Bedford, United Kingdom

Grade 8+

2 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: Settles in very quickly and an amazing sound. My favourite a string.

Cons: Nothing.

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25/05/2019 19:04
Oxford , United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

The only A string I use these days

Pros: A well rounded string, both bright and resonant on my viola. Pairs well with synthetic strings such as Dominant and Obligato. The only A string I use these days.

Cons: You have to match it with other strings. The Larsen D is fine but you really should use better G and C strings.

Other: Fast service by String Zone.

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02/03/2019 11:08
Birmingham, United Kingdom


Snapped on restringing

Pros: I have been loyal to Larsen for years because I like the feel under the fingers and the tension on my instrument.

Cons: This will be the last Larsen A I buy because, and not for the first time, the string snapped as I was putting it on. It snapped right at the peg box. Money wasted.

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Dr Glyn R John
28/12/2017 17:34
Yarm, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

A great A string which 'sings so sweetly'

Pros: This Larsen A (which replaces an Obligato A which I found disappointingly dull) 'sings so sweetly' on my 1907 Thomas C Buttcher viola and lives up to its reputation.Took only a few days to completely settle and stays in tune very well. Blends in beautifully with Obligato C, G and D strings to give a consistent sound picture - an excellent combination which I'll stick with.

Cons: Not cheap but great sound and worth it.

Other: As others have commented it is the combination of string and instrument under review.

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07/11/2016 16:29
Kaštel Gomilica, Croatia


The string has a brilliant sound.

Pros: Larsen a string medium tension is very bright, it gives your instrument a brilliant solo sound rather like e string on violin.

Cons: Could be cheaper.

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