Posted by Bob Gollihur on May 24, 2001 at 12:24:59:
In Reply to: Strings posted by Wilbur Thompson on May 24, 2001 at 11:13:32:
: I was wondering if it was better to use orchestral or solo tuning strings for jazz bass playing. I just started playing bass this past fall semester, and I was using some kind of orchestral tuned strings. Then I started studying with my bass professor and he used solo guage strings because it responded easier. I noticed that it did respond a lot easier when I played it and I didn't have to fight as hard to play, but, unlike my professor, I couldn't get a loud volume. Any comments?
The differences really depend on the string you start with. Some orchestral pitched strings have a similar tension to solo strings of other brands. Some are simply not as stiff as well as lower tension. I guess the bottom line would be, if you particularly like a set of strings' character and tone but prefer a less taut feel, tune the orchestra set down a full step and see if that satisfies your need, before you order a set of solo gauge. OTOH, you may wish to explore strings that are less taut to begin with. I use Corelli 370 Forte and TX on two of my basses and like their lighter tension, tone, and playability. YMMV - some folks don't like their "edge" and the fact that they are a bit brighter and thinner than ordinary strings.
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