They are made of Steel Core/Steel & Tungsten Winding, so their level of workmanship is excellent. They have a lifespan of about a year, but after about six months they will start to lose some shine (which does not necessarily result in a poor sound).
The only real downside of the Evah Pirazzi strings is their price: you can currently get them for about $300.
Yes, that’s quite a lot of money for a set of strings, but, believe us, it’s worth the investment!
It is very common to find excellent cellists who, while not using the complete set, do choose to combine the A and D strings with two lower strings, perhaps from Spirocore, or even the Larse Magnacore.
Perhaps without the projection and complexity of sound that the higher-end strings have, they are a great option, as they respond easily to the player (specifically to the bow), and have a very pleasant tone.
They cost around $140 which is very good value for strings of this caliber.
If it is within your means, we suggest that you change the cello strings at least once a year. After this period, little by little, the strings lose their quality.
If you don’t change strings, the sound becomes poorer, and it is even more difficult to tune.
What impacts the sound and tone of cello strings?
It depends on a few things. First of all, the thickness: strings have different diameters (gauges), which has a consequence on the sound.
Thicker strings usually provide a fuller and richer sound, but on the other hand, sometimes those strings have a lower response and are not too agile.
This happens mainly with the lower strings (G and C).
Tungsten strings are widely used because they are not too thick and respond quickly to the bow.
Secondly, the material the strings are made of also has an impact on the sound. At first, strings were made of animal gut, but now they are generally made of synthetic material wrapped in metal coil or solid metal.
As discussed, rather than a complete set of the same brand, a combination of different brands works very well.
In general, C and G of one brand and D and A of another are used.
Some combinations that are widely used are as follows: A and D Larsen Soloist, G and C Spirocore; A and D Larsen Soloist and G and C Larsen Maganacore, A and D Larsen Soloist, G and C Thomastik Belcanto Gold.
Remember, also, that after playing you should always clean the strings where the bow goes, between the bridge and the fingerboard, to avoid the accumulation of rosin.
In this way, you help them to keep a good sound, and not to get damaged as easily.
What strings do famous cello players use?
There’s no one brand that is favored by all players, so let’s take a look at a few different examples…
The legendary British cellist Steven Isserlis tends to use gut strings: Pirastro Oliv C string and the Eudoxa range, also by Pirastro, for the A, D, and G.
YoYo Ma, on the other hand, uses Jargar A and D combined with a Spirocore silver G and C.
Internationally renowned cellist Amit Peled plays with Evah Pirazzi strings (our number one!).
Wendy Warner, on the other hand, chooses to use Larsen Soloist on the A and D strings, with Spirocore on the G and C.