Passione Cello Strings
Passione cello strings are really starting
to emerge as the 'new set to try' in recent months.
We get a lot of calls and questions regarding what these
are and whether or not they will be 'the
strings' for your cello. The Passione C and G
have a gut core (with ball end) where the A and D
strings have the metal core with the ball end.
What's different about
these and how would they be better for your cello?
These strings work well on all cellos, but here are some
comparisons that will help you make up your mind on
whether or not they would be good for you:
First, if you have one of those 'tight' A strings that
plays ok, but doesn't blend in or respond as easy as the
rest of the lower 3 strings, definitely try the Passione
A string. The Passiones have a very slight thinner
gauge (you will not notice that) but it is enough to
make the A sing easier. Some of our customers'
experiences: The classic example is using a
regular medium Larsen A string. While it sounded
fine, it was harder in response. Switching to the
A Passione was warmer and gave just enough of that quick
response to balance in with the rest of the set.
Every cello is different.
Newer cellos often tend to play stiffer the first
couple of years. What does that mean and how do
they actually "play
in"? Remember that the top (as well as the back)
is carved wood. For anyone that has played
baseball with a new baseball mitt, you know what "new"
feels like. Once the fibers get used to creasing,
bending and flexing, it becomes easier to use and the
areas that are being "worked" tend to have a memory and
easy to flex over time and use.
That new top which is flexing from left to right
(rocking) gets quicker and easier to do that over time.
There is very noticeable break in time that first year
or two and this can continue for years, though it is not
indefinite. Here is a good way to see the motion
that your cello top makes while playing: While you are
sitting down in playing posture, start to pull or pluck
your cello C string. Don't let go of that string.
Just pull it like you're going to let a nice big
pizzicato (open string). As you do this, look
towards the bass bar side f-hole and you will see how
that top will flex from side to side while you are
playing. The sound post placement acts as a
fulcrum in this regard. You can also see how
moving that post in a different position will change the
angle or manner by which that top will rock. This
is but one factor that is part of the overall (set up)
equation of your cello sound and performance.
Back to the Cello Passiones. Whatever cello you
may have, the
Passione Cello strings
will be slightly less tension than the regular steel
cello set. These feel like steel and they all have steel