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Pirastro Tonica Violin Strings, SET

By Pirastro

4.7 from 104 reviews
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£23.15 inc VAT & Free Delivery in the UK
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Full size
19 in stock
3/4 & 1/2 size
5 in stock
1/4 & 1/8 size
3 in stock

* All strings are ball end, unless otherwise specified.

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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.

To check your instrument size measure the length of the back (LOB) excluding the 'button' which is the thumb shaped extension at the top where the neck is anchored. Old instruments can vary, if more than 1/2" over choose the next size up.

4/4 - LOB 356mm (14")

3/4 - LOB 330mm (13")

1/2 - LOB 305mm (12")

1/4 - LOB 280mm (11")

1/8 - LOB 254mm (10")


  • Synthetic core strings.
  • E - Silvery steel
  • A - Aluminium on Perlon
  • D - Silver on Perlon
  • G - Silver on Perlon
  • Made in Germany
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Customer reviews:

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

Grade 8+

Lovely tone but patience required
6 out of 8 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!
5 out of 7 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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19/03/2015 08:11
BRISTOL, United Kingdom

Grade 8+

2 out of 2 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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24/09/2013 16:09
Fleet, United Kingdom


Pirastro Tonica Amazing Strings.
2 out of 2 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
2 out of 2 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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22/01/2013 23:50
Buckie, NE Scotland, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Definitely worth a try especially at less than £30
3 out of 4 found the following review helpful

Pros: Good price and quite nice strings. Quick response and lively bright sound. Nice even tension, tone and volume across the four strings. I particularly like the clear tone of the G & D strings that allows double stopping to remain clear. The E also has a nice tone.

Cons: The A string could be a tiny bit less strident particularly when played open. The strings with the exception of the E haven't quite settled after 3 weeks.

Other: I have almost always always used Dominants which I will probably return to. I had the Evah Pirazzi on previously which never stayed in tune and tonally didn't suit my fiddle. Tonica strings haven't made anything other than a rubbish fiddle player!!

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19/12/2012 15:51
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Really please I switched whole set :o)
2 out of 2 found the following review helpful

Pros: Lovely tone, very competetively priced. Very impressed with speedy delivery too - thank you.

Cons: Nothing really

Other: I prefer to fine tune with adjusters rather than pegs. G D A too thick to use with adjusters I had ...but not a problem as they've held tuning well.

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21/01/2012 22:26
Bolton, United Kingdom


Tonica--a good alternative to Dominants
3 out of 4 found the following review helpful

Pros: I like these strings--They are slightly thinner under the fingers than Dominant. The "e" is certainly better. I think the tone warms up eventually whereas Dominants have it there all the time. On the violin on which I have put them, I think that individual notes sound clearer, but this may simply be that they match the instrument better

Cons: I found them strident at first, but they have settled down to a more pleasant warmth. It's a gut feeling (pardon the pun) but I do not think they will last as long as Dominants, but they have not been on long enough to tell.

Other: As a set they blend in well with other instruments using different varieties of strings

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Mr Mitchell
18/10/2011 21:25
Edinburgh, United Kingdom


First class violin strings
3 out of 4 found the following review helpful

Pros: As a player of traditional music, I found these strings very good in tonal quality and very easy to fit. Once again good value for the price. I would recommend these strings to other players.

Cons: cant find any faults.

Other: Very pleased with the excellent service from the string zone company, the orders I placed were dispatched and delivered the next day. WELL DONE THE STRING ZONE

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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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