Evah Pirazzi Bass - Set
Evah Pirazzi Bass - Set

Pirastro

Pirastro Evah Pirazzi Bass String Set

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EVAH BASS SET

  • Evah Pirazzi strings have a core made from a modern synthetic multifilament fibre which is wound with chrome steel.

  • The all-round string set: suitable arco and pizz alike.

  • The sound is big, powerful, dark and well-rounded.

  • emphasized lower frequencies and outstanding resonant decay

  • exceptional projection

  • high torsional stiffness

  • short playing-in-time

  • very quick response and comfortable left-hand feeling

  • completely insensitive to changes in temperature and humidity

Available in Orchestra or Weich (Light) Tension

  • Gauge “weich”:  Compared to the medium orchestra set the sound of the “weich” strings is brighter and growlier with a little more sustain. The set has a pronounced core sound. Due to the reduced string tension the playability is easier than with the standard set.

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02/26/2021
Eric A.
United States United States

Best Strings for My Bass! They also do alternate tunings.

I will review the strings below, but as for Fiddlershop, I highly recommend this company. Strings were shipped right away, and received in good, short order. First, my instrument: Let's be honest: 1) You can pay less than $100 for a set of string bass strings; 2) I have a really, really cheap internet string bass that I paid less than $700 for (the purchase also included a bow [hair came undone after literally three downbows and three upbows -- not an exaggeration; and I use a German, not French bow]; gig bag which, after 20 years, is really coming apart; free $50-esque cheap strings; and free shipping, which under normal circumstances, was $150 back in the day! That's how cheap this instrument is!). That's a long sentence, and didn't include that I had to have the bridge (also supplied) cut down by a good inch or so, because they simply threw in the bridge, matching or not. Now to the review of the strings: I purchased a set of Pirastro Evah Pirazzi strings. This is the second set of the Evahs I've purchased, since I loved my first set so much! The strings are considered a hybrid classical/jazz set, both genres of which I have in my repertoire. I primarily use them for classical, but ANY time I get to "plug in," I seize that opportunity. The set I got this time is the "normal" orchestral version. Alas, I cannot remember if my last set was a "weich" (smaller scale, designed more for jazz) or not, as it's been a long time ago since I got them. The original set of strings that came with my cheapie bass were the cheapie strings mentioned above. They were simply coming unraveled -- literally. I put the Evahs on, and the tone of my cheapie bass improved easily by 200%. The difference was that notable! The "box" of my bass is very sympathetic to the note C2 -- probably 50% louder than any other note on my bass. I do not expect anything short of an entirely different bass to change that. But considering my cheapie plywood bass, the tone is so much better -- still not up to the sound of any better bass, but again, that's due to the bass, not the strings. As to the classical side: The tone is so much deeper, but it is also respectable for doing solo work, as it is not tubby or muffled; a round, lively sound, without being *too* dark. With the exception mentioned above (because of the box on my bass), the sound is consistent, without one string overpowering the others. Also to note: They are flatwound, not roundwound. Considering that I had the old set of Pirazzis on for about 8 years (I play somewhat seasonally, not 8 hours a day), they held up ever so much better than the cheapie $50 strings! So is it worth getting a legitimate, good set of strings? For the value one gets out of them, absolutely! (Of course, I do not recommend having them on as long as I did, as a rule.) As for the jazz side: These strings absolutely ROCK! As I play both electric and upright bass, I find that there is a time and a place for both instruments. But when playing Cool J or Big Band, to my mind, there is no substitute for an upright, and these strings 200% deliver! One of my all-time favorite sounds on the planet is when one plays a G1 on the E-string, because of its "growl." And I find that on my instrument, that famous upright bass growl can be found throughout all four strings, especially in the lower hand positions. MAJOR plus! I should also note that my pickup is a wing-fitted Underwood pickup that I purchased in 1981; perhaps not everybody's cup of tea, but I love it. EQ it properly, and you are in upright bass heaven. About alternate tunings: Since putting a Low C attachment would cost me easily three times more than I paid for the bass, ever since I started playing bass in college (40 years ago now), I have employed a "drop-Eb," "drop-D," and a "hybrid cello" tuning of (from high to low) G-D-G-C tuning (the G-C so that I don't have to finger all lower notes for a full major 6th to get to what would be an open-A). All that to mention that these strings do not flap or flop around at those reduced tensions, especially the low C. (I once tried being a smart-aleck and tuning to a B1: Don't do it. Just don't.) Yes, there is a somewhat reduced tension, especially going to a C1, but it is quite acceptable to me, and when one plays Copland's "Appalachian Spring," or the fourth movement of Beethoven's 5th, or whatever, it's just a glorious thing to have that C1 there at your disposal! I do have to address the string a little lighter with the bow, but that's a small price to pay; none of my other stablemates have Low-C attachments, so I alone represent in the below-E department. (There are advantages and disadvantages to the alternate fingerings used, admittedly.) NOTE: I am not aware of a Low-C-length Evah Pirazzi string, so do your research on that, before purchasing. Sorry for the long review, but I want to be thorough. To summarize: BUY THESE STRINGS, especially if you do both classical and jazz!

Fiddlershop founders, Michael Holstein and Pierre Holstein, posing in the Fiddlershop workshop with some of their favorite violin and violas for some of the best workshops

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