Pirastro Oliv Violin String, A

By Pirastro

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Medium tension, 13.5 PM
7 in stock
Low tension, 13.25 PM
2 in stock
High tension, 13.75 PM
2 in stock

* All strings are ball end, unless otherwise specified.


Aluminium wound on natural gut.

Oliv are the world's consummate gut cored string. For many decades these strings have been the choice of many of the world's leading soloists and professional players.

The wide range of gauge and cover options mean it's possible to achieve the absolute best from any instrument. These strings appeal mainly to players of the highest ability looking for a string with they which can 'customise' the sound of their instrument. They can significantly improve the sound of an already good instrument.

Due to the delicate nature of this type of string construction the life expectancy of these strings is inexact and their tonal stability is inferior to a synthetic cored string. As with all gut cored strings they are not recommended for use in fine tuners due to their elasticity.

Pirastro gut string tensions are measured in units of PM (Pirastro Measurement) and refer to the diameter of the string. 1PM = 0.05mm, so gauge 14PM = 0.7mm diameter. The tension of the string varies by 3% for each gauge.


  • Aluminium wound on natural gut, ball end
  • 1 PM=0.05mm, e.g.14PM=0.7mm
  • Made in Germany
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Customer reviews:

Rating Summary
09/08/2016 16:52
Tumba, Sweden


Excellent sound

Pros: This string has all the tonal qualities i want!

Cons: It takes some experience to use, need for mastering the placement of bow on the string. If You are not paying attention it will squeal occasionally.

Other: Well worth the "effort" of taking care of place of contact which You will need to master anyway.

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04/12/2015 17:25
London, United Kingdom

Grade 8+

Great product, great service - highly recommended!

Pros: Usual magnificent strings, Oliv Label, love the sound of them!

Cons: The price - but you get what you pay for and they are worth every penny!

Other: Great service from String Zone - and not that many UK places seem to stock Oliv at all...

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21/04/2011 18:09
Nykøbing Mors , Denmark


It does not waste very long
0 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: The strings are fine, the sound is good, but

Cons: It does nor waste very long, therefore I also bay an extra string

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28/02/2011 18:04
LANGLEY PARK, United Kingdom

Grade 8+

good strong sound to this string
0 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: This gives a very strong, dark sound to my violin

Cons: sometimes windings start to come off after a few months

Other: a beautiful string which I still buy even though the windings often come off after about 3-4 months

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