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Looking For Dark Warm Strings For Bright Cello
I would like to darken my bright cello
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May 9, 2019 - 1:05 pm
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Would it be possible to make some comparison videos with cello strings on a cello that has a tendency to be bright?

I am looking for strings to warm down my new cello.

I do not like the Larsen D and A for sure. It came with those and they are actually rather harsh.

Right now it has Pirastro strings: Evah Gold C and G, Passione D and Perpetual A. The D and A are the main issue. They are not as warm and dark as I would like. This is a string set Pirastro sent me.

I removed the cello’s original Spirocore C and G, and Larsen D and A. They were just too bright for my preference. The Larsen D and A were harsh. So, those strings are not necessary to include. This may give you an idea of what I am looking for for this particular cello.

I am looking for warm/dark tones.

I read that Olive are warm, but on the Pirastro site they say they are bright, so I am not interested.

I was reading where Jargar are dark cello strings, followed by Prim.

Would you be able to have your cellist do a video with Jargar and Prim strings on the same cello that has a bright tendency? 

I use a snake wood bow, so if you have a snake wood bow, that would be great, or wood bow of similar quality. It is as $1k bow. I think the bow makes a difference.

If the cellist has another dark string set or combination in mind, could you have him/her sample those in videos, too, on the same cello with a tendency to be bright? I would like a bit of volume, but not blasting.

Could I be notified when it is done, with a link(s) to the video(s’)?


Viola Time! 

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May 17, 2019 - 11:42 am
Member Since: September 26, 2010
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Sometimes we need to consider making changes to the instrument when changing strings does not help enough.
For example, you can try having someone move the soundpost further away from the f-hole, but it might be too short for that, and possibly further from the bridge. These movements of course should be minimal and you should be able to test in-between.
Also, more wood usually equals darker sound, so a thicker sound-post might help. That being said, there are SO many factors on your instrument that will contribute which means that some of the graduations could be off, the wood might not be very dense.... etc.
As for strings, perhaps Larsen or Aricore. Since I'm not a cellist I'd have a hard time getting that video done. I will however speak with "Suaima" who is a professional cellist as well as a full time luthier here at Fiddlershop.

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