Posted by Monte on November 12, 2001 at 11:08:50:
In Reply to: Re: Ray Brown, Al McKibbon (etc) must have switched to steel strings for a valid reason! posted by Marco on November 12, 2001 at 10:04:37:
: : Is he still using that 1650 Jacob Steiner? Unbelievable sounding bass.
: Yes, that must be it.
: : Solo strings would approximate gut tension. I love that deep fundamental that solid steel strings just seem to lack.
: That's true, I agree...too bad that gut strings can be used satisfactorily only for the first octave of the bass...for God's sake, I need some sustain when I play in thumb position, forget it with gut!
Well, that might be true with unwrapped gut, but I don't think that is the case at all with Oliv's, Eudoxa, or Velvet's. I have no problem with proper sustain in thumb position, although it isn't going to sustain several seconds like Spirocores.
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