Pat Zoffreo

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  1. Pat Zoffreo

    G string bad sound in the upper positions.

    Hi Bruce: Thank you for your answer. Actually looking at the closeups you produced I can readily see the D string is a Pirastro Oliv D string. In my photo it looks like a Eudoxa D. As I view your closeup near the tailpiece the G string is also a Pirastro Oliv. The E string is the Lenzner Goldbrokat E string. I couldn’t identify the A string hence my inquiry. In your photo it is the Passione. I too just received the Gamut Tricolor G wound gut and looking closely at the tailpiece section of the string in my uploaded photo and G Strings I just received from Gamut it is the same the Tricolor aluminum wound gut for the G. Actually all I knew is that Salvatore prefers wound gut strings and I have the same Pirastro Oliv G & D on my violin. I’ve had great problems with the Pirastro Oliv A it seems the sound is flat considerably deficient compared to the magnificent and extraordinary Oliv G & D Strings. I use the Pirastro Oliv Gold E string and it too is fantastic on my instrument. Therefore with my A string concerns I started to read about problems folks are having with the Pirastro Oliv A Strings. I recently saw some photos from a colleague who attended the concert Salvatore gave two weekends ago of the Bartok Violin Concerto No 2 in Naples. When I saw the closeup photos of his Guarneri Del Gesu I immediately focused on the violin strings in an effort to identify what A string he uses. I’ll have to experiment and get some Passione A Strings. I’ll also have to look into the Larsen and Evah Pirazzi Gold A Strings. It’s amazing how poor the Pirastro Oliv A string sounds on my instrument compared to the highly resonant sounds of the Oliv E, D, and G Strings. A package of the Goldbrokat have just arrived at my residence and I can readily see it is indeed the same E string shown on his instrument. My Goldbrokat E strings are also .26mm. I want to thank you for your generous time and effort responding to my inquiry. I’m fascinated by the strings chosen by famous performers for their instruments and we can all learn a thing or to from their discerning choices. Pat Zoffreo PS I’ve managed to inspect my Pirastro Oliv A string closely and realized the build up of rosin factored into the lack of resonance. After carefully removing all the rosin from this string the A string opened up and its resonance was equal to the Oliv D and G. Although I do remove rosin from the strings each day I must not have noticed some layers of rosin on the A string. Mystery solved of the Pirastro Oliv A string at least on my violin it now sounds fabulous!
  2. Pat Zoffreo

    G string bad sound in the upper positions.

    Hi Bruce: I took the photo of Salvatore’s Guarneri Del Gesù and imported it into PhotoShop then resized the photo focusing in on the area close to the tailpiece (making this section of the photo much larger) without sacrificing resolution detail. You are right the D string is the Pirastro Oliv. The G is the Gamut Tricolor as you stated and E string is Lenzner Goldbrokat. Thanks again for your responses to these threads. Pat Zoffreo
  3. Pat Zoffreo

    G string bad sound in the upper positions.

    Hi Bruce: Thank you for your answer. Actually looking at the closeups you produced I can readily see the D string is a Pirastro Oliv D string. In my photo it looks like a Eudoxa D. As I view your closeup near the tailpiece the G string is also a Pirastro Oliv. The E string is the Lenzner Goldbrokat E string. I couldn’t identify the A string hence my inquiry. In your photo it is the Passione. I too just received the Gamut Tricolor G wound gut and looking closely at the tailpiece section of the string in my uploaded photo and G Strings I just received from Gamut it is the same the Tricolor aluminum wound gut for the G. Actually all I knew is that Salvatore prefers wound gut strings and I have the same Pirastro Oliv G & D on my violin. I’ve had great problems with the Pirastro Oliv A it seems the sound is flat considerably deficient compared to the magnificent and extraordinary Oliv G & D Strings. I use the Pirastro Oliv Gold E string and it too is fantastic on my instrument. Therefore with my A string concerns I started to read about problems folks are having with the Pirastro Oliv A Strings. I recently saw some photos from a colleague who attended the concert Salvatore gave two weekends ago of the Bartok Violin Concerto No 2 in Naples. When I saw the closeup photos of his Guarneri Del Gesu I immediately focused on the violin strings in an effort to identify what A string he uses. I’ll have to experiment and get some Passione A Strings. I’ll also have to look into the Larsen and Evah Pirazzi Gold A Strings. It’s amazing how poor the Pirastro Oliv A string sounds on my instrument compared to the highly resonant sounds of the Oliv E, D, and G Strings. A package of the Goldbrokat have just arrived at my residence and I can readily see it is indeed the same E string shown on his instrument. My Goldbrokat E strings are also .26mm. I want to thank you for your generous time and effort responding to my inquiry. I’m fascinated by the strings chosen by famous performers for their instruments and we can all learn a thing or to from their discerning choices. Pat
  4. Pat Zoffreo

    G string bad sound in the upper positions.

    Hi Bruce: I know he has said previously that he uses only wound gut strings so the Oliv G and D or Tricolor G (thinnest gauge) makes sense, however, the photo below and others show a Pirastro Eudoxa D string. Perhaps he sometimes uses a Eudoxa D as well. The Pirastro Passione A string makes sense too as it is also a wound Gut string thinnest gauge. What is most fascinating is the Lenzner GoldBrokat E string ( the Heifetz choice) but whereas Heifetz used the thickest version Accardo prefers thinnest gauge. It is always interesting to learn about what great violinists use on their fabulous instruments.
  5. Pat Zoffreo

    G string bad sound in the upper positions.

    Hi Bruce: Do you know what type Strings Salvatore Accardo uses? I’m sure it is wound gut but any info on make and type?