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Strings for Double BassStrings for 3/4 and 4/4 size Basses

Pirastro Passione Upright Bass Strings

         Manufactured by: Pirastro

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Pirastro PassionePirastro PASSIONE
The new Pirastro Double Bass Steel Core String, perfect for ARCO!

Pirastro has just recently (8/2010) released these new steel rope-core strings, which are tailor-made for orchestral bow style (arco) players. For a metal-based string, they are not "metallic" sounding at all, and have pretty "average" tension and feel.

They're not really aimed at the folks who play pizzicato most of the time - they're intentionally a little "dark" and don't have a lot of definition when plucked, especially the E and A strings. The word on the street is that they have big, projecting sound under the bow. Nice clarity, with a full, rich tone, and they're reportedly quite easy to bow.

Passione strings are now also available (and in stock) in STARK (Heavy) and SOLO Gauges.

From Pirastro:

The core sound is full, round and warm and has a complex overtone spectrum which results in a deep and noble sound with great projection and power. The sustain characteristics of the string allow a strong, big and warm pizzicato - Bass PASSIONE is a modern and very reliable steel core string suitable for the demanding bassist.

The response is incredibly easy and flexible, the notes are separate and distinctively clean when played in fast passages. No matter whether playing Spiccato or Legato, the sound can be altered as desired independently from the bowing speed. The big advantage of the Passione strings is that the sound does not need to be developed by using excess bow pressure as the strings vibrate freely and easily. The set is extremely well-balanced concerning tension and sound. Immediate playability and exceptional tuning stability are important additional advantages which offer great comfort to the bassist.


Color Code
  • At the tailpiece end:
    • Medium Strings: brown spiral on white
  • At the peg end: G – brown; D – red; A – black; E – green; H5/Low B – yellow; Extended E – green
4/4 bass? Pirastro designs these 3/4 size bass strings to fit on a standard 3/4 size bass and most 4/4 basses. They may very well fit your bass if it is larger than 3/4. For your reference, the length of a representative string, as measured against the bass tailpiece to the nut is 55.5 inches (51.5" playable, 4" for silk-wrapped afterlength), plus an additional silk-wrapped 11.75 inches to handle stringing in the pegbox.




We source our Pirastro strings directly from the factory-authorized US Distributor, and they are the real deal. Only legitimately sourced strings are certified for sale by US dealers. Buying your guaranteed authentic Pirastro strings from us means that you can be confident that you'll have the support of the manufacturer AND us here at Gollihur Music.


  • great orchestra string
  • Designed to be easy to bow
  • dark tone, not so great for pizz
  • big, full sound
  • average tension
  • nice clarity and "sweetness"


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