The Violin Channel recently caught up with Pirastro Co-Managing Directors, Annette and Henning Müller-Zierach – in Offenbach, Germany.
We sat them down to learn more about the latest addition to the Pirastro suite – the new Perpetual Violin String Set.
“During the last 20 years Pirastro has introduced 7 new violin string sets. With each of these sets we had very different goals in mind when creating them. Our goal with the Obligato in 1998 was to create a warm noble sounding string that was easy to play with great tuning stability. On the other hand in 2000 with the Evah Pirazzi we set out to create a very powerful string for more dynamic styles of playing. This is why with every new string we look at our existing violin strings and try to identify areas where we do not offer musician’s a matching solution. Hence, a statement like ‘the string is better than’ does not capture the whole picture and can even be false.”
After identifying the blind spots in our product range, we research new materials and develop new ways to construct a string. This is an exciting process for us in which there are moments of great joy, when we realize that a new idea not only meets our expectations but new and unexpected aspects of sound or playability appear. Of course we also come across moments of disappointment when the desired outcome of the tests does not materialize.
The funny thing is that the starting point of the new violin Perpetual strings was actually the steel core A-string. With all the experience we learned during the development of the Cello Perpetual and Evah Pirazzi Gold Viola steel core C strings, we identified a way to design a violin steel core A-string that has a very broad sound spectrum with the typical easy playability of steel core strings. Knowing that some of the top Soloists of our time play on the Russian School steel core A-strings we decided to create a set around it. We then tackled the D- and G-strings with the goal of finding strings that would match the easy playability and power of the steel core A-string. The feedback we received confirmed that the violinists experienced a new level of control over the strings while maintaining great projection and power. We can confidently say that the Perpetuals have the easiest playability of our entire line of violin strings. We then looked at the E-strings and it quickly became clear that the only possible match for the Perpetual violin set would be our most powerful E-string the platinum-plated Evah Pirazzi strings.
During the development phase of the new set, we also received very positive feedback about the D- and G-strings which led us to begin experimenting with a synthetic core A-string. In some markets, steel core A-strings are not welcomed and in the end we wanted the musicians to decide which set combination they prefer. Our tests made it clear that the 0,26mm E-string option is a better match for the synthetic A-string, while the 0,267mm option is a better match for the steel core A-string. Again, it all depends on the instrument, but as a starting point when testing these strings we recommend these combinations.
In conclusion we can say that the sound of the Perpetuals is distinctively different than any of our other strings. It has a more focused and very powerful sound without losing a nice broad sound spectrum.
Tensions of all of these strings can be found on our website. The steel core A-string is only a slightly higher tension than the synthetic core string.
-Annette and Henning”
For more on the new Pirastro Perpetual Violin String Set, visit: https://bit.ly/2IWGgM6.