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Pirastro Oliv Cello String, C

By Pirastro

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£75.76 inc VAT & Free Delivery in the UK
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£22.86 (23%)
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Medium tension (36.5PM)
Due in stock:
June 01, 2020
Low tension (36PM)
1 in stock
High tension (37PM)
1 in stock


Pure silver wound on natural gut.

Please note. This string does NOT have a ball end and is not suitable for use in a fine tuner. Please ensure this product meets your requirements prior to purchase.


  • Gauged by string diameter: 1PM = 0.05mm e.g. 20PM = 1.0mm
  • Made in Germany
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Customer reviews:

Rating Summary
04/03/2011 22:56
london, United Kingdom


the dark side !
3 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: this is the thickest, darkest sounding c string that you can buy, with great depth of tone and terrific resonance. it is probably best used on a substantial cello that can take a fair degree of tension (it feels that it plays at greater tension than eudoxa). i would also suggest it is ideal for a cello that sounds a bit thin (it might even go well with a Belgian bridge)

Cons: on the down side, the extra thickness and rigidity over eudoxa means it has less variety of sound - how near you play to the bridge affects the character less than on a eudoxa string and you cannot quite get the same edge to the sound. as with all gut strings it's pitch is badly affected by slight changes in heat and humidity so you will need to to tune throughout a concert, probably at times in mid movement. for some reason the c string seems more badly affected in this way than the 'd'and'g'.

Other: the 'd' and 'g' strings not surprisingly have similar characteristics. i have not tried an 'a' string but oliv label 'c','g'and 'd' combined with an 'eva pirazzi stark 'a', on a 30 year old modern copy of a montagnana seem very satisfying to play.

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08/01/2019 20:47
Telford, United Kingdom


The best string in the Oliv set
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: My favourite string out of the Oliv set. A clear, focused sound and big tone.

Cons: Keeps going out of tune, has a tendency to keep going sharp and can often go to C sharp! Very unstable for holding its tuning and has a reputation amongst my colleagues for going sharp and being difficult.

Other: I love this C string and it worked brilliantly with the Oliv G and A or Eudoxa G D A. It is clearer and more forthcoming than Eudoxa C and I also felt that the sound was a bit tighter in tone and possibly louder . Eudoxa more reedy and pliable. Didn't like the Oliv D string this time round with the rest of the set.

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31/03/2013 23:28
Deal, United Kingdom


Will make your cello sound like a cello should.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Absolutely wonderful bass sound, really makes your instrument sound like it should.

Cons: Difficult to get used to if you are a steel player, although after about 3 months you get the hang of it and start making wonderful sounds. Very soft feel under the fingers, and it has a lot of "give". Forget about doing any fast playing straight away, you really have to have a solid bow technique to make these speak, particularly with subtle use of the fingers.

Other: Combined with eudoxa on the top (the "Isserlis" set up) it sounds wonderful. Requires some effort to get a solid bow technique working.

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22/04/2013 18:06
Petham, Canterbury, United Kingdom


Excellent string at reasonable price

Pros: An established string at reasonable price

Cons: Nil

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01/10/2012 23:45
Edinburgh, United Kingdom



Pros: Beautiful sonority; at first seems somewhat weak but after a couple of days its richness really set in.

Cons: Without any experience with gut strings, it will take some getting used to; but well worth the effort.

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17/10/2013 15:05
London, United Kingdom


Excellent wound gut string
0 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Rich tone with lots of possibilities. Nice to find a C string at a reasonable price too.

Cons: -

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30/03/2011 15:31
London, United Kingdom


The only possible string
1 out of 4 found the following review helpful

Pros: I have bought these particular strings as spares, so haven't tried them yet. I can say, however, that there is no other kind of C string that I would consider using. I've tried others and this is the only one of sufficient quality.

Cons: Only possible con is that sometimes the binding is too thick to go through either the peg hole or the hole in the tailpiece.

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