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About Pirastro

Founded in 1798, Pirastro has become a byword for a sound that is both beautiful and reliable. Each individual string in the Pirastro line has been meticulously crafted to provide musicians with an unsurpassed choice in tonal colors. As a result, a great number of string musicians play and recommend Pirastro strings. With their tonal flexibility and expressive power, Pirastro strings have inspired musicians to create their own unique sound by taking full advantage of their instruments' best qualities.  

History of Gut Strings

Strings made from sheep gut have been mentioned in the history of string instruments since the earliest times. While nomadic peoples used tendons and horsehair, following the discovery of an Egyptian lute from 1500 BC, we know that the Egyptians had already mastered the techniques of gut string manufacturing. 

It is possible that a gut rope made of thin twisted gut filaments was used for the lower strings in the later centuries. However, the metal-wound strings we use today were not developed until the middle of the 17th century, at the time of Stradivarius.

To offer you authentic, historical strings at today’s high quality, Pirastro has reconstructed these developments and incorporated them into their gamba string program.

Materials

While it is still possible to use plain gut strings for the lowest strings of the gamba, the stiffness and thickness of the mono-filament of the gut string is a considerable impairment to the playability of the deeper notes. For this reason, Pirastro winds their lower strings with a variety of metals.

  • Aluminum: This creates a light, bright tone ideally used for higher instruments.
  • Copper: The use of copper in string making dates back to 1660. Copper gives strings a darker sound than the other metals.
  • Copper-Aluminum: A textured blend of aluminum and copper
  • Silver-Plated Copper: This is the most popular option. It combines the advantages of silver coating with the sound quality of the copper string.
  • Silver: Silver wound gut strings have a polished surface, which makes them ideal for use in studios. They are quiet, even as your fingers change position on the fingerboard. Silver produces a warm tone with good projection. This is the least historically authentic string, dating back to the 20th century.

Shipping

Because of the delicate nature of our merchandise, we take great care to ensure that every order arrives safely. Every shipment is insured, and we typically require signature confirmation on wooden instruments.

In an effort to be environmentally responsible, we often reuse shipping materials. So don't be surprised if your package arrives looking a bit well-loved. However, we will never compromise on the safety of your instrument. If you have any requests or specifications, please indicate them in the comments section of your order or contact us directly.

We ship to all major countries. Customers are responsible for all import fees, taxes, etc.

 

Damaged or Missing Items

Shipments should be inspected for damage upon receipt. If there is a problem, save all packing materials and contact us promptly. The shipping company will need to inspect shipping materials in order to approve a claim. If a claim is denied because of missing shipping materials, we cannot offer any reimbursement or replacement.

If damage is due to a defect in material or workmanship, it may be covered by a manufacturers' warranty. See our warranty page for more information.

 

Special Orders

A number of our instruments are available only by special order. If you would like to make a special order, please contact us. For most special orders we require a partial deposit to get the order started. For some instruments we require the full balance at the outset. Once we receive the final product, we will contact you to pay the outstanding balance. When the full payment has been processed, we will ship the instrument.

Please note that, because special order instruments are made per request, they take longer to craft and ship than other, ready-made instruments. If timing is an issue please let us know before you place your order. We will do our best to accommodate or we will direct you to an alternative option that can be shipped in time.

All special orders are considered final sales and are ineligible for return. If there is a quality issue or the instrument has been damaged, we will work with you to have the problem fixed. 

 

Return Policy

Instruments can be returned within 30 days provided the instrument is still in like-new condition. If an instrument is returned damaged, stained, or smelling of cigarette smoke, mildew, etc. we cannot offer a full refund. If the instrument can be repaired, we will offer a refund less the cost of repairs. If an instrument is returned after the 30-day window, we can provide a partial refund or we can sell the instrument for you on consignment. 

Special orders are not eligible for returns or refunds. See above for more information. 

Customers are responsible for all shipping costs.

 

How to Return

We ask that customers contact us before returning instruments. To make a return, pack up each item securely and mail it to our address

  • All wooden instruments that are shipped by air mail must be sealed in an airtight plastic bag. This includes services like Priority Mail, Express Mail, FedEx express, and UPS express among others. If you are not sure how your package will be shipped, use an airtight plastic bag just in case. This step is crucial as instruments dry out under the low air pressure and dry air conditions of air services. This can cause instruments to change dimensions, often irreversibly, resulting in tuning and voicing changes. If an instrument arrives in this condition, we cannot offer a full refund. If the instrument can be repaired, we will offer a refund less the cost of repairs.
  • Please insure the package for the total value of the contents and email us tracking information.




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