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A question about Evah Pirazzi strings...
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ncholland
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July 9, 2014 - 9:45 am
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Hey,

I recently (well, a couple of months back), changed to a set of Evah Pirazzi strings. This is the first time I'd ever used them, so had no idea what to expect. More recently (the past few days), I've noticed something kind of odd. I get one pitch note while I'm playing the open A or E string, but as I lift the bow off, the ringing sound of the string after is almost a semitone higher... the clash of the two notes sounds pretty nasty, and it's making tuning more difficult than it ought to be!

I wanted to ask in case anyone here has more experience with these strings and can offer advice... Is this normal for the strings? Is there anything I can do to stop this? Does it mean they're on the way out and need replacing?

I'm playing a gig in 3 days... and really want to have this sorted by then!!

Thanks!

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Hi ncholland! Welcome to the forum.  I am not an expert and only an advanced beginner.  If you have problem with tuning, you can try restringing your instrument.
http://violinblog.net/?p=33

http://violininformation.webs......sories.htm

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Is it possible that you are putting too much pressure on the string with the bow and either pulling it to the side or downward?  If you use a very light bow pressure does it still do it?  The only thing that should change the frequency of a vibrating string is to change it's length in some way. 

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And/or tension (?)

Evahs are advertised as a "virtuoso" string mainly because they are in the high range for tension and usually loud and hard to control.   They may be the wrong string for you.

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ncholland
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No matter how much (or little) pressure I put on the strings, the ringing sound that follows is sharper than the note as I played it. I'm fairy certain this wasn't the case initially!

Thanks for your help everyone - it sounds like the remedy may simply be to go back to the Dominant strings I'd always used before...

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Please wait.  The boss has not come out with his opinion.  In the meantime, check whether the 'A' and 'E' strings are touching each other lightly, in the peg box.

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July 10, 2014 - 9:17 am
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I'm not the biggest fan of Evah Pirazzi strings though I have colleagues who swear by them. Larsen work way better for me in that price range but I'm super happy with the Zyex strings I use for well under half the price.

As far as the ringing is concerned, I would love to hear a demo. I could probably give more insight after hearing the effect myself. Sounds like something else is ringing on the violin when you release your A or E.
One remedy worth trying would be to change the afterlength. Longer afterlengths are said to increase the length of the ringing.

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