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  • Special offer on Oliv violin strings in November!

    For the rest of November, you can now buy the set of strings and get a Pirastro Oliv rosin FREE with your order, find the product offer here

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  • Larsen Virtuoso Violin Strings - in orchestral context

    Larsen Virtuso Review - Orchestral Playing I thought I’d write a review of my experience of using the Larsen Virtuoso strings in an orchestral violin section, specifically the 2nd violin section. I hope it’ll be of use simply because I was really surprised at how well they worked in that setting when they’re billed as ‘soloist’ strings. They really suited my violin on which I’d previously used Evah Pirazzi, and their flexibility suited quiet orchestral/section playing as much as big solo playing. I’d always wondered about Evah Pirazzi being just too hard in a way, and I’d always wanted...

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  • Infeld Red Strings Review

    REVIEW: INFELD RED VIOLIN STRINGS (THOMASTIK)Infeld Red violin strings were introduced (alongside Infeld Blue strings) by Thomastik as an alternative to their venerable Dominant set. Thomastik claims to offer in their Infeld Red strings a warm, full and rich sounding string that can be mixed and matched with strings from their Infeld Blue set (designed to be a bright string) due to their well-matched tensions. ProsThe Infeld Red strings certainly live up to these expectations. The set is superbly well-balanced and even across the strings, and delivers a rich, complex, vibrant sound with many interesting overtones and a large dynamic range....

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  • Send us a review of your favourite strings and get a discount off your next order!

    Help us to offer even more information on specific products for your string playing colleagues by writing a review of the strings you use.  Simply email the review to us at info@simplystrings.com. Once a week we'll pick the best review to award a 10% off voucher code for your next order!   We're particularly in need of reviews of cello and bass strings.   - Be clear about which strings you're reviewing, and which instrument they're for - We may edit your review to make things clearer or include links to the items reviewed - Let us know if you...

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  • Larsen Crown Cello Strings Review

    Larsen Crown Strings These are very little-known strings from Larsen, the makers of the most popular top-end cello strings. The fact that their top-end set (Magnacore) costs over £200, makes it a bit surprising that they also offer one of the cheapest good-quality cello sets at just £71.99 from simplystrings.com.   A similar set of strings in competition with Crown might be Kaplan or Jarger, but the Crown strings are some £30 cheaper than Jarger. It might be the case that if you’re looking for a good quality steel core string to perk up a student instrument, then these are...

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  • Pirastro Passione Violin Strings Review

    Passione Violin strings So, Passione are the latest gut-core strings from Pirastro, and have been developed many years after the Oliv strings, possibly the most famous gut-core strings. Was it time for a new take on gut strings, or have new synthetic varieties made the need for sheep gut a thing of the past?   I think it would be easier to discount the gut versus synthetic question if it wasn’t for that mysterious quality that gut strings can produce; the complexity of sound with a gut core string. It’s hard to define, but it’s intuitively obvious when you think...

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  • Introducing Larsen Virtuoso Violin Strings

    Larsen Virtuoso Strings Review This set of strings is quite new from Larsen; a maker that has always proved popular with cellists, but failed to gain traction with violinists in the same way. In my opinion, these strings are possibly designed to compete directly with Evah Pirazzi, the main reason being responsiveness, making a dull instrument brighter, and a responsive instrument extremely focussed and powerful sounding. General What the Virtuoso set may have over Evah Pirazzi is that they seem to be incredibly responsive, but with a lower tension feel than the Pirastro strings. Although Evah Pirazzi still prove to...

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  • Which Strings To Chose?

    These days there is more choice than ever when choosing strings, and it can be expensive to experiment and discover that something isn't the best choice for your instrument (it's all very personal and specific to your instrument afterall) so we'd like to help by beginning to discover and explain more for you about the strings on offer so that it may save you time and money in trying new things. It's not as simple anymore as steel bad, gut good but unreliable, but let's begin with some basics.Doubtlessly, many a violinist has had to struggle with the eternal conundrum:...

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  • We're running a competition to give away a free violin with case and bow - Get involved now!

    So, we're trying something new, something a little different; a bit of fun, but also to prove a point AND someone is genuinely going to win a fantastic top end violin outfit FOR FREE in the process! The competition is here for an Antiqued version of the Primavera 200 Violin Outfit. So here's how it works...you need to just answer a simple question (you can find the answer by looking at the Primavera 200 Antiqued Outfit in our website) and you'll be contacted if you're the winner! Why are we doing this? We'd like to make an important point about...

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  • It's not all work at no play at simplystrings.com today

    This is an old one, but nevertheless a really good one - if you haven't seen this already, maybe don't listen before an audition with Don Juan on the excerpt list, but it's certainly light-relief and a classic Shred. Prepare to die laughing...poor Martin!  

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