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Pirastro Tonica Violin Strings, SET

By Pirastro

4.7 from 102 reviews
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'New Formula' quality student string similar to Dominant Quality and value student string from Pirastro very similar to Dominant with the benefit of a silver D. Medium tension, ball end only. For loop end E please order each string separately.

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20/09/2012 21:37
London, United Kingdom

Grade 8+

Lovely tone but patience required
4 out of 6 found the following review helpful

Pros: They are soft to the touch and have a mellow tone

Cons: They took a long time to settle and could be a bit out on double stops

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Dónal Maaguire
15/03/2011 12:36
Rossendale, United Kingdom


Pirastro Tonica fiddle strings at a bargain price!
4 out of 6 found the following review helpful

Pros: I'm more than pleased with the product...the strings are beautifully balanced across the instrument and seem to suit the demands of playing vibrant Irish music. The tonal qualities surpass those of much more expensive strings......AND I particularly like the highly competitive price!! Dónal Maguire

Cons: I cacn't complain!!

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22/02/2011 22:11
Nottingham, United Kingdom


Looking for a good set of strings-stop here!
2 out of 2 found the following review helpful

Pros: great complete set of strings, good price and great sound. Ideal for players grade 4+

Cons: nothing!

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09/04/2018 19:52
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

For half size violin, go for Pirastro Tonica.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Bought as an experiment as a replacement for a set of the market leader brand of strings on my daughter's 1/2 size violin.We'd thought the existing strings (a synthetic string) sounded a bit "muddy" on this particular violin (perhaps to do with this size and make of violin), and thought the Pirastros might be better. Not disappointed- the Pirastros give a much brighter, more resonant sound on this small violin. The strings arrived on time. They were reasonably priced (slightly cheaper than the market leading brand). well packaged, and came with handy diagram and guide about changing strings.

Cons: Not yet sure if the E string will be better than the previous E string on this violin (the problem with the muddy sound was on the G,D and A).

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20/01/2016 11:47
Plymouth, United Kingdom


Bemused by the general ratings
3 out of 5 found the following review helpful

Pros: Cheap...

Cons: Do not stay tuned from session to session Tinny raucous sound Thin, almost no tactile feedback NOT a Dominant replacement

Other: I bought a set of these on the basis of the reviews here, seemed like they were a keenly priced substitute for Dominants. I have been using Dominants from Grade 1 and I am going back to them for Grade 5 and up. My current violin is just a nice beginner (Hidersine Giovanni), has a nice warm tone when played with Dominants. Sounds like a scratchy vinyl record with Tonicas. First time I have replaced a set of strings before they were even close to extinction but what a relief.

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19/03/2015 08:11
BRISTOL, United Kingdom

Grade 8+

1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: I was extremely pleased with these Pirastro Tonica strings. They are so much more mellow than any other strings that I have used. They were easy to fit and are soft to the touch when playing. I really like the softness of the actual strings as it made playing my violin easier and the string itself does not dig into your fingers like other strings made from harder material. I would probably recommend buying the special rosin made especially for these strings, as my Hindersine rosin seems a bit too hard. A softer rosin would really load the bow and suit these strings well. I would not hesitate to recommend these strings. I wondered at the price if they would be any good - they have exceeded my expectations!!!

Cons: No cons.

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Mr Nunn
26/01/2014 18:26
Wokingham, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Excellent product delivered within 24hrs.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Nice bright free tone and stable. An improvement on the Thomastik Dominant that they replace. A very good combination with Art rosins.

Cons: The new strings took a while to settle. Stretch was a problem for about a week.

Other: Amongst non professional players of stringed instruments it is common to find that no consideration is given to the effect of tonal results of the rosin used with the strings. I have found that sticky rosin is not the best thing to use because the stickiness reduces the capabilities of the string. The combination is important and needs experimentation.

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24/09/2013 16:09
Fleet, United Kingdom


Pirastro Tonica Amazing Strings.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Over time I have tried Crystal, Dominant, and others, but found the Pirastro Tonica's absolutely the best set of strings by far. These string are head and shoulders above Dominants. As long as you put your strings on correctly they stay in perfect tune,settle very quickly, give a great sound, and the E string is amazing. Overall very satisfied with the set at an amazing price, and very satisfied with Stringzone for their excellent next day service, well done.

Cons: No cons they are brilliant.

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29/03/2013 13:16
Exeter, United Kingdom


Tonica string set
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Very nice when played mellow, and they sing like a quality string when played harder. A very good value set, considering the horrendous price of most stings.

Cons: Value, & a quality string.

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25/03/2013 19:21
Dublin, Ireland

Keen Amateur

Very good quality strings for the price
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Very good quality strings for the price, sits "in the middle" under every aspect and is just right - brightness, tension and volume. They are better than Dominant for me - both for tone - open, rich and "silvery" - and tension (slighlty higher than Dominant). I'd say it probably suits lots of different instruments. For sure it suits mine (a modern Guarnieri model).

Cons: Quite long settling period (kept re-tuning for 3 days, especially the A string)

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