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Composite core string technology is the string making technology of the future, today. Strings of this type tends to be among the most expensive. However D'Addario offers Zyex, and Corelli Alliance are moderately priced products of this type. Pirastro Obligato and Evah Pirazzi are best-selling composite core strings. While Thomastik Dominant has dominated violin string sales for years, the names of new string choices have fallen on deaf ears in the United States. There are many other strings on the market today that are good alternatives to Dominant. Many users of Dominant strings have switched to Helicore, Obligato, Evah Pirazzi or Vision. Check out our new Custom Sets of strings for Full Size Viola. Through a special arrangement with some of the major string manufactureres, we are able to offer an extra discount on sets of strings that feature popular combinations. A good example would be Dominant D , G and C with a Larsen or Jargar A. Click HERE for Viola custom sets. Violas come in different sizes, and so do strings. Long Scale strings are intended for instruments 16 inches or larger. If a string is described as Full Size, it is generally intended for 15 inch and larger instruments. Some brands offer Medium Scale, which is specifically for 15-16 inch Violas. Short Scale is for 14-15 inch Violas. There are few choices of strings for small Viola. Helicore is one of the best strings you can get for a small instrument. Otherwise, string choices are limited to student grade products.



Viola Players often substitute a Steel A with other brand of D, G and C-Larsen, Jargar and Kaplan Solutions are common choices. New brands of strings take this into account, by offering an A as part of the set, which has this type of construction. For Example, the Evah Pirazzi string set has a solid steel core A (like Larsen and Jargar), but the D, G and C strings are of the composite core type of construction.

D'Addario/Kaplan      
Zyex
Helicore
Prelude
Pro Arté
Kaplan Solutions

Kaplan

       
Pirastro        

Obligato

Evah Pirazzi GOLD

Evah Pirazzi

Permanent

Passione
Eudoxa
Synoxa
Chorda
Flexocore
Aricore
Gold Label
Tonica

Chromcor

Piranito
Olive
Thomastik        

Dominant


Vision and Vision Solo


Precision
Superflexible
Spirocore
Super Sensitive        
Red Label
Octava
Pinnacle
Stellar
Supreme
Sensicore
       
Corelli        
Crystal
Cantiga
   
Warchal        
Brilliant
Karneol
     
Other        

Jargar

Prim
LaBella

Larsen

 

 

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