Re: Confused about strings


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Posted by Bob Gollihur on May 06, 2001 at 17:26:39:

In Reply to: Confused about strings posted by Francis X. on May 06, 2001 at 17:05:32:

: Dear Fellows:

: First,thanks to all who have replied to past e-mails,especially Bob G.
: I acquired a doublebass which was made in Mexico,and have had a luthier set it up(I took R.Laird,et al's advice),but having have played it for a month now,I would like to make some changes. Oddly,it is somewhere between 1/4 and 3/4 size:string length(nut to bridge is almost exactly one meter(39.25inches)Body length is 70",with upper and lower bouts of 19" and 24". Strings are black round wounds. Action is very,very soft-much too easy. I would like to buy strings with greater tension and greater volume. I play both pizz and arco equally.

: I'm confused about the attributes of the different windings and materials-can anyone advise me,or is there a website that has a comprehensive summary of whats available,and how to select strings? P.S-I'll buy a used set from anyone out there who has what I need.

There is none of which I am aware, but you will find two specific string resources on my Links page that could be of interest. There is a string survey I have done, first in 97, updated in 99, and soon which will be updated this year. There is also a page with string tensions contributed by users and from string mfr. websites that will give you some idea of tension. Many things contribute to the ultimate tension of a string. The slightly shorter scale length of your instrument also makes for a slightly lower tension than at 42". Your scale length roughly translates to a 5/8 or so size bass.



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