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Swapped Out Strings on my New Cello, Evie
Not a violin, but it is strings and the result would apply to any stringed instrument
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Evie, my new cello, came with Spirocore C and G strings, and Larsen D and A strings. I was not a fan of those strings. More-so, the Larsen D and A. They sounded better in the violin shop’s wonderful studio than in my very nom-acoustically sound livingroom.

Originally, my issue was a raspy harsh sound with the D and A, mores-so with the A. I realized this cello was a little different than my other cellos and that difference was the issue. My luthier adjusted it, and got rid of the issue. Not going into details, that is not what this post is about, and would be cello category specific, but what was part of what induced me to change my strings.

After the adjustment, I still did not care for the Larsen A and D strings. The rasp was gone, but they both sounded harsher than I like.

Backing up a little. About a month and a half ago I was getting info off the Pirastro site. I recall filling out a survey or something. The next day I received an email stating my package was on its way and would arrive from Germany or wherever they are located (believe Germany), it would arrive in two days. Uh oh! What did I do? I did not think I ordered anything.  But then I knew I didn’t because I did not provide any payment info. Just my name and address, and answered a few questions.  Well, two days later, I received an Evah Pirazzi Gold C and G string, Passione D string, and a Perpetual A string. I emailed a thank you to Pirastro.

Forward to now. Two days ago I decided to try the Perpetual A on Evie. Wow, I loved it and so easy to bow. Today I swapped out the original D, G and C strings on Evie. I put the Passione D string and Evah Perazzi Gold G and C strings on her.

It is a fabulous set for Evie! They sound terrific. As a set, they bow and finger beautifully. This is both good and bad. It is an expensive set. If I want them again, in no sooner than 4 months, hopefully longer, I will have to shell out for them. Bummer. My cello playing will have to greatly improve to justify it. Do not see it happening that soon.

I might put the set from Evie onto Monte, my first cello. He is almost like pawnshop cello, Belle, that I gave to my niece. I was going to sell Monte, but I have decided I want to keep him. At least for a little while. He has a different sound and feel than Violet and Evie.

Amazing what a set of strings will do.

They call me, “Mellow Cello” 

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