Posted by Bob Gollihur on March 04, 2001 at 14:27:51:
In Reply to: Bass strings??? posted by browntrout on March 04, 2001 at 14:02:31:
: I have a cremona and recently upgraded to a new Englehardt M1. The M1 has much better workmanship, comparatively, but the tone of the Cremona is better--somehow boomier, warmer, more orchestral--hard to describe but larger and more like an acoustic bass ought to sound.
: I noticed immediately the strings on the Cremona are softer and easier to play; they are also of a slightly larger diameter(I am not confusing this with the action; I have both basses set up similarly actionwise). I switched the strings on the two instruments and the M1 sounds a little better...
: Anyone know the brand of strings on a new, stock M1? How about the Cremona? Have I run into the difference of a metal core vs. nylon core string, perhaps? I really think the M1 should sound at least as good as the Cremona--it is not quite there. fyi--I am talking about the plucked strings here, not bowed.
A luthier I know mentioned that Englehardt recently upgraded the stock strings on their basses from the cheapie (and awful) Supersensitives to D'Addario Helicores (Orchestra, I think). Somehow I suspect you have the former, which, as you say, deserve replacement.
If you're playing pizz. only, Thomastik Spirocore Weichs might be a good choice, big sound with lots of sustain. I just yesterday put a set of Pirastro Obligatos on my Kay, at the suggestion of a friend and from many positive comments about them. They have a synthetic core, and while it's too early to be too definitive, they have a nice warm, yet focused sound.
You may want to take the Englehardt to a luthier for some opinions and minor updates -- that same luthier does a number of things to Englehardts to improve their sound, and though I can guess at some (cable tailgut, new endpin, new bridge, exam/replace sound post) I don't know the regime.
Good luck and enjoy your new instrument!
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