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Pirastro Oliv Viola Strings. SET

By Pirastro

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The 'Gold Standard' traditional covered gut string. Full, rich and noble tone. Set of 4 strings in medium tension with knot ends. Not suitable for fitting to fine tuners. Please see individual strings for low and high tension.

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

Medium tension strings are designed for a vibrating length of 37cm. For a shorter vibrating length consider using high tension, for a longer vibrating length consider using low tension strings.

For more information please visit the manufacturer's website, link below


  • A-aluminium on natural gut-knot end. 13.75 PM
  • D-gold & aluminium on natural gut-knot end. 16.25PM
  • G-gold & silver on natural gut-knot end. 17 PM
  • C-tungsten & silver on natural gut-knot end. 19.75 PM
  • 1PM=0.05mm e.g. 16PM=0.8mm
  • Made in Germany
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Customer reviews:

Rating Summary
04/10/2012 17:16
FALKIRK, United Kingdom


These are quality strings and well worth the price
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: These strings have the same feel as gut strings but with a fuller sound.

Cons: I thought they wold be supplied as straight strings.

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23/09/2014 11:21
London, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

A mistake to change all four at once.....

Pros: The C and G strings are very rich and produce a good sound at all dynamic levels.

Cons: The D string wasn't anything special, but the A string was a disaster. It sounded nasal and harsh even after a couple of weeks of playing in -- by which time it had frayed in six places. I replaced it with the type of string I was using before -- relief!

Other: It certainly wasn't worth splashing out all this money -- and if the strings aren't consistently good it doesn't make sense to replace all four at once. I'll stick with the C and the G until they need changing -- and return to using the strings I was using before trying Pirastro Oliv.

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28/08/2013 08:30
Cambridge, United Kingdom


High quality, low price, speedy delivery, URLworks
0 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: High quality strings Very good price Arrived in the post the day after I placed the order

Cons: No labelled packaging so difficult to store an unused string without it becoming confused with other strings over time

Other: I am delighted I have found The String Zone. I value the reliable,, speedy service and low prices.

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22/05/2013 21:47
FALKIRK, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

A sympathetic string which responds readily
0 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: These strings play with the characteristics of gut and respond readily to the touch of the bow.

Cons: The A string damages easily particularly where it is pulled over a bend such as the exit from the peg box.

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