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Larsen Crown Cello Strings

Larsen Crown Strings crown_a_thumb

These are very little-known strings from Larsen, the makers of the most popular top-end cello strings. The fact that their top-end set (Magnacore) costs over £200, makes it a bit surprising that they also offer one of the cheapest good-quality cello sets at just £71.99 from simplystrings.com.

A similar set of strings in competition with Crown might be Kaplan or Jarger, but the Crown strings are some £30 cheaper than Jarger. It might be the case that if you’re looking for a good quality steel core string to perk up a student instrument, then these are in a niche of their own. In the past we’ve had customers who had wanted to upgrade strings for a cello for a student, but understandably without being willing to spend almost £100 for a nice set of metal core strings. So, it seems that Larsen maybe are trying to fill that niche with these Crown strings as a set.

As far as the professional payer may feel about these strings , some players are more than happy to use the A and D strings on a professional level instrument, regarding them to be similar to Kaplan, often using them in conjunction with more expensive G and C strings such as Spirocore Tungsten. To a professional player, the G and C Crown strings will seem unresponsive compared to more expensive strings such as Magnacore which are specifically constructed to mitigate the natural problems getting a thicker string to speak and be flexible and responsive.

So, the A and D strings can be used in a variety of circumstances, but the whole set represents an excellent high-quality steel-core set, which not bargain basement by any means, are excellent value and one of the cheapest good-quality sets on the market.

Pirastro Cello Strings Currently Available


Aricore synthetic core


Chorda gut strings


Chromcor steel strings


Eudoxa gut core strings


Evah Pirazzi Gold synthetic core


Evah Pirazzi synthetic core strings


Flexocor steel core strings


Gold gut core strings


Obligato synthetic core strings


Oliv gut core strings


Passione steel upper and gut lower strings


Piranito steel strings


Synoxa synthetic core

Introducing String Choices

These days there is more choice than ever when choosing strings, and it can be expensive to experiment and discover that something isn’t the best choice for your instrument (it’s all very personal and specific to your instrument afterall) so we’d like to help by beginning to discover and explain more for you about the strings on offer so that it may save you time and money in trying new things.

It’s not as simple anymore as steel bad, gut good but unreliable, but let’s begin with some basics.
Doubtlessly, many a violinist has had to struggle with the eternal conundrum: what strings to buy? Steel, synthetic or gut? Most violinists tend to choose either of the latter two, but still it remains a difficult problem.

Before we begin: steel strings are the most durable, followed by synthetic strings. Gut strings come in last on this front. On the other hand, gut strings possess the richest tone, followed by synthetic strings. In last place, we have steel strings.

Steel Strings
These strings often come along with cheap beginner instruments, because they are cheap to manufacture, and because they are virtually indestructible, being able to withstand almost any kind of abuse. However there are now more sophisticated steel strings for the student market such as Pirastro Chromcor, and the like, and for the cello there are innovations such as the Passione set of strings which brings the bright benefits of steel to the A and D strings, with the warmer G and C in gut.
Metal strings can be harsher, brighter, but speak more immediately and can be very responsive. Violinist will struggle over deciding between the bright steel E strings, or the more expensive wound strings provided in set such as Dominant, Eudoxa and others.

Synthetic Strings
Synthetic strings are a compromise between steel strings and gut strings, promising both satisfactory durability and richness of tone. Synthetic strings have come to dominante in recent years with innovations in the way in which the strings ‘speak’, colour of the sound and durability. For example, Evah Pirazzi strings are bright synthetic strings, whereas Obligato are also synthetic violin strings, but produce a darker sound. Their comparatively low price, and a good balance between rich overtones, tuning stability and durability make them an easy bet.
Synthetic strings are generally made of engineered nylons or other composite materials, judged to be able to produce tones that do not have the faults of steel strings, while approaching the tone of gut strings.

Gut Strings
Nowadays, when we refer to gut strings, we usually refer to strings that have a gut core, rather than pure gut strings. The classic got core strings are the leading strings from Pirastro Eudoxa and Oliv. Either way, these strings are the most high-maintenance and expensive strings you will ever purchase, but they are able to produce rich and complex overtones that justify their cost. They don’t last as long as synthetic strings, and their pitch tends to vary with changes in temperature. However, if you are able to afford them on regular intervals, you may well find yourself addicted to the sound. Again, recent innovations have changed the status quo again, with sets such as Passione from Pirastro providing an updated take on gut strings with greater durability and reliability.

This is just a beginning, and we’ll begin to look into brand and types of strings in more detail with articles on a regular basis.