Pirastro Oliv Violin String, E

By Pirastro

4.7 from 21 reviews
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Ball end, medium tension
9 in stock
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Ball end, low tension. (Thin)
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Ball end, high tension. (Stark)
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3 in stock
Loop end high tension (Stark)
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Gold plated chromesteel. Brilliant powerful sound. Three tensions, ball or loop end.

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  • Gold-plated chromesteel
  • Made in Germany
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Customer reviews:

Rating Summary
Mr Charles Rogers
03/02/2012 00:38
Macclesfield, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Clear, clean and responsive....this is no whistler
7 out of 7 found the following review helpful

Pros: Violin E strings are so much a matter of taste and what suits the instrument. It's often a case of trial and error until one finds one that has good tone, speaks easily, doesn't whistle easily and is good all the way up the fingerboard. All I can say is that the Olive Gold E does all of that for me. The initial 'attack' of notes up the fingerboard is so good and consistant and tone is in no way 'hard' or brassy. They are powerful when needed and stopped notes on the E match those on the A seamlessly. I like them very much indeed.

Cons: None....they are simply a joy to play on my violin. You will however need one of those tiny black plastic pieces to cushion the loop end, if using an 'English' ajuster.

Other: Top price and very much top end of the range for a Violin E and worth it!!

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22/10/2015 09:17
MANCHESTER, United Kingdom


The soft option doesn't whistle.
3 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: As close as I can find to the excellent Kaplan Gold E that has - at least for now - been discontinued. The only gold E since the Kaplan that I can find that has the gold sound, but does not tend to whistle. The medium thickness does whistle - so I personally go for the soft/thin option.

Cons: Being noticably thinner that the medium version, I have a feeling that it may not last quite as well. However as no set of strings gets past a month for me without dying; I am yet to notice much of a difference.

Other: Having sworn by the Kaplan Gold string that has been discontinued - at least for now - I was left with the old problem: preferred the sound of a gold string, but annoyed by their tendency to whistle. The medium Oliv Gold - like all other gold strings - was a keen whistler. However the soft, or 'thin' version (it is noticably thinner) does not whistle, and still maintains enough of the richer sound that the gold strings have over other coatings. So far, I have only tried this string with my chosen 'other three' - namely Pirastro Violono. Violonos are the half-way house between Evah Pirazzi and Obligato - and a very underrated string. However if one is to assume that this soft/thin Olive E is similar in character to the Kaplan Gold (albeit with fractionally less power), then I would say that it would work with Obligato (whose own gold E sounds wonderful, but does whistle a lot) violono and Dominant strings. With Evas it may prove too powerful to match. As a final note, I would add that all of this applies mainly to my own violin, which works far better without high tension strings. Back in the day when we had far less choice, it had a far greater dynamic range, and far more colours when I stopped using Olives and switched to Eudoxas. Evas sound awful on it - although in all honesty I rarely do find a violin that I find Evas suit me on. As most dealers routinely put Evas on everything now, I have tried an awful lot of violins thusly strung recently...

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01/04/2011 15:40
LONDON, United Kingdom


Strongly recommed!
4 out of 5 found the following review helpful

Pros: Bright and powerful! Favorite one!

Cons: A bit difficult when string-crossing from A string sometimes!

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09/02/2011 19:18
Pinner, United Kingdom

Grade 8+

Excellent quality sound
3 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: Produces a ringing sound - lovely

Cons: Wears out easily

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18/01/2011 05:40
London, United Kingdom


Bright, brilliant E string.
4 out of 5 found the following review helpful

Pros: I love the brightness of the Oliv E. It's very responsive, all the way to the top of the fingerboard.

Cons: The only problem with the Oliv E is that sometimes when the bow doesn't make good contact with the string (crooked bow) you can encounter a squeek.

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14/07/2015 13:03
Malvern, United Kingdom


Highly recommend Olive E
2 out of 2 found the following review helpful

Pros: I find the Olive Gold E string works very well with the resonance, clarity and richness of tone of the Eva Pirazzi Gold strings I use. It is sweet and powerful and feels lovely under the fingers. I have used the Olive E to great satisfaction for many years, but only recently with the Eva Gold strings and I am not disappointed.

Cons: No cons

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13/07/2020 21:31
Seaton, United Kingdom

Grade 8+

Lovely golden sound
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Have always used oliv on my violin as it is a naturally mellow instrument and it is good to have a bright sounding e string. The sound is bright but pleasant and a pure tone. I previously used eudoxa E but found it occaisionally whistled/screeched, haven't had that problem. Rest of strings are eudoxa they seem to go well together Arrived promptly and suitable packaged

Cons: None

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08/02/2018 00:06
Macclesfield, United Kingdom


Safe, reliable E string but expensive.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: The Oliv is long lasting and reliable and it looks nice on the instrument. It doesn't whistle.

Cons: It's expensive and on my particular violin it seems slightly harsh in sound.

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08/06/2017 15:44
Harrow, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Nice string, rather slow delivery
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Really like these strings, they make such a good sound on my violin.

Cons: They're rather expensive, and the previous one of the same make had snapped unexpectedly for apparently no reason. It was only one string, but it took longer to arrive than I'd hoped - had to put on an inferior string to get through the week.

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10/10/2014 13:06
Portsmouth, United Kingdom


good E string with a lively ring to it

Pros: Very loud and strong. Has a loud ring.

Cons: Gives a bright sound but could be sweeter.

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