Thirty years ago, when John Pearse began to develop his unique string-making technology, the making
of violin strings was pretty much of a hit and miss affair. To this day, he remembers toiling over
long, wooden troughs of evil-smelling sheep intestines, the temperature up around ninety Farenheit,
"combing" and "waulking" the fibers to prepare them for the stretching and twisting that would transform
the unlikely looking stew into top-quality strings for the violin and viola. With all the care in the
world, however, the discard rate for unacceptable strings was almost twenty percent. the waulking
solution would be too acid, making the string brittle, or the lipid level was too high, causing the
finished string to not hold a satisfactory torque.
In the intervening years, many manufacturers, John Pearse included, switched to Perlon for a core
material because of the relative ease of working it--and its reliability. Good though Perlon is,
however, it does not have the majesty of projection that one associates with the older gut strings.
Although players the world over accepted his Perlon core strings and endorsed them enthusiastically,
John has never been satisfied. The thing that made gut strings so special was the fibroid construction
that allowed the string to accept--and retain--a strong torque, giving it great projection, and an
immediate response. There had, he reasoned, to be a way to manufacture a material that would
have the same properties when placed under similar torque.
In mid-1992, after countless disappointments, he hit upon the present bonded molecule formulation--and
made up a dozen or so prototype sets which were mailed to concert violinists the world over for their
critical evaluation. The response was ecstatic! Three months later, the set, now dubbed the "ARTISTE",
was added to our catalog, and made available on a limited production basis. Since then, its sales have
soared and it is now the set de choix of soloists and symphonies worldwide.
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