Popular Viola Brands and Combinations
We are always asked to help make
comparisons for people trying to choose viola strings
and to assist them in comparing what they have already
tried and what they were interested in or thinking of
buying next for their viola. With all the brands
by Pirastro, Thomastik etc..., it can be a little
intimidating if not more than a little confusing.
So, while the cost can sometimes dictate what is
available, there are trends and close comparisons
between manufacturers. (They tend to copy or
'closely assimulate' the other competing brand's formula
when the other has a new, popular string out.
Sometimes, as soon as their is a new technology in the
string business, several of the leading makers will come
up with their own version. As a viola player, this
is great because it is extremely difficult for anyone to
exactly copy a string (if not illegal), and so the
comparable string can be a nice alternative that will of
course match your viola more than the other.
Sometimes there are close
comparisons within brands that just improve or change
the older version enough that it makes sense to keep
both, old and new as alternative choices. A
classic example is the newer Evah Pirazzi strings and
the older Obligatos. Similar, but different.
You can read more about these two at the Evah Pirazzi Viola page
we have. In general, Evahs tend to be brighter and
Another close comparison to the
Evahs, are Thomastik's Dominants. Same kind of
technology but a little different. Dominants tend to
respond closely to the Evahs. Most players that
use the Dominants like to substitute the Dominant A
string with the Larsen.
Spirocores. Spirocores are
made by Thomastik-Infeld (Austria). They're
Spirocore C and G strings are punchy, loud and big
sounding. While they can tend to be bright while
new, they settle in a bit once they are played in and in
general, they are the most powerful C and G. This
also holds true for cellos in that they are definitely
the most popular (and most expensive) C & G strings
The most favorite viola
set of strings (for sure) is Spirocore medium C, G and
Larsen A and D strings. While they are the most
purchased viola sets, they are not cheap either.
See our combination viola
sets page for a stunning price on these as well.
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| Combined Custom Sets for Viola
||You name it...we combine it!
| Pirastro Viola Strings
||Evah Pirazzi, Passione, Obligato, Gold
Label, Olive, Chorda, Eudoxa and Paranito
|Thomastik-Infeld Viola Strings
||Spirocore, (most popular
are the C and G's!) Dominants, Vision
| Larsen Viola Strings
||Offered in light, medium, heavy gauge.
||Helicore, Kaplan and Prelude cello
|Jargar Viola Strings
||Jargar Supremes, come in light, medium
and heavy gauges.
||Offered in light, medium and orchestra
||Brilliant and Karneol (These are
new and getting popular.)
We also have some helpful and interesting links about individual string brands, comparisons and some practical related viola information to read: