String Brand Choices
Thanks to our violinist friends who love to know
what violin string brands famous violinists liked or
used in their careers. Some of these are taken
from photos, public concerts, endorsements and
interviews. While it's interesting to know what
some of the great players used 10 or 20 years ago, the
present can be even more interesting in that because
there are so many different variety of gut, synthetic,
metal core and so many different combinations of alloys
used today, it's fun to see what "they" are using today.
Yascha Heifetz: Goldbrokat Medium E,
Plain Gut A&D, with some kind of wound G. This you can
see from most of photos on this album covers throught
out his career.
Anne Akiko Meyers: uses
Pirastro's Passiones on her 'new' Del Gesu
Mariam Fried: Evah Pirazzi G and D, Dominant A
and Goldbrokat E string.
Nathan Milstein: a Eudoxa G&D, plain
gut A and Goldbrokat E in the 1960ís.
Zino Francescatti: Eudoxa G, Kaplan Silver D,
Eudoxa A and Goldbrokat Medium E.
David Oistrakh: Eudoxa D and G,
Steel A (or Chromecore) and a Prim E.
Henryk Szeryng: Used a
Eudoxa D and G, a Kaplan A and either a Gold Label E
or Kaplan E
Isaac Stern: Used the Eudoxa A, D, G and a
Goldbrokat Medium E. Later in his career he switched to
Pinchas Zukerman: Used Eudoxas until the
Dominants came out which he still uses (including the E,
Itzhak Perlman: Used Eudoxa in his early
career than switched to the traditional combo of
Dominants with the Gold Label E.
Dominants with a Gold Label E.
Maxim Vengerov: Used to use Dominants but
recently switched to a full set of Pirazzi.
Ilya Gringolts: He uses Evah Pirazzi at the
Evah Pirazzi Violin Strings
Gil Shaham: Uses Dominants and a Jargar E
(donít know which gauge).
Midori: Uses Dominants
Stefan Jackiw: Uses Dominants and a Jargar
Anne-Sophie Mutter: Dominants with a Gold
Label E string.
| Combined Custom
||You name it...we combine it!
||Evah Pirazzi, Passione, Obligato, Gold Label,
Olive, Chorda, Eudoxa and Paranito and Tonica
||Dominants, Infeld Blue, Infeld Red,
Peter Infeld and Vision
|D'Addario Violin Strings
||Helicore, Zyex, Prelude, Golden Spiral, Kaplan,
||Helicore, Kaplan and Prelude cello strings
||Brilliant, Nefrit, Ametyst, Karneol
||Westminster E strings in all sizes
||Strings geared to be used in "period"