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Guide to E Strings
Listed below are most of the currently produced E strings, divided into categories by material and construction type. Strings that are available in-store or through our online shop have links to their relevant product page.
You can also download or print our Guide to E Strings as a handy reference chart.
Evah Pirazzi Gold (black packet), Dominant, Vision Titanium Solo, Warchal Spiral, Warchal Brilliant, Chromcor, Prazision
Eudoxa, Gold, Obligato, Violino, Synoxa, Aricore, Piranito, Dominant (tin variety), Vision, Vision Solo, Infeld Blue, Zyex, Peter Infeld (tin variety)
Tonica, Evah Pirazzi (green packet), Wondertone Solo, Passione, Passione Solo
Wondertone Solo (‘advanced’ variety – warmer sound than silvery steel)
Gold-plated Chrome Steel
Oliv, Obligato Gold, Infeld Red , Peter Infeld (gold variety)
Gold-plated Carbon Steel
Evah Pirazzi (green packet, gold variety)
Platinum-plated Chrome Steel
Peter Infeld (platinum variety)
Wound Steel – Aluminium
Kaplan non-whistling, Kaplan Golden Spiral (aluminium variety), Helicore (aluminium variety), Eudoxa (aluminium variety)
Wound Steel – Chrome
– Chrome steel and stainless steel E strings are the least affected by hand perspiration. As a consequence these strings last longer as well, especially the stainless steel ones.
– The ‘Silvery Steel’ strings from the Pirastro range are made from a special formulation of tin-plated carbon steel, and are meant to sound more brilliant and louder than the plain steel ones. (Therefore, should you wish to make your E string sound less bright or ‘warmer’, you might prefer for a different steel string)
– Gold plated E strings are prone to whistling, although not on all instruments.
The Evah Pirazzi gold variety does not seem to be as much affected by whistling as other gold varieties.
– Wound E strings may not sound as powerful as the non-wound ones; they can tend to sound dull on some violins, but might be appropriate for some of the orchestral repertoire. Their gauge is a bit thicker and consequently gentler under the fingers of children and teenage players.
– Plain gut strings have a warm sound, and give the authentic sound and feel sought by those specialising in early music, Baroque repertoire etc.