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Posted by monte on July 07, 2001 at 13:34:54:
In Reply to: Strings and things posted by John Precious on July 06, 2001 at 15:46:52:
: I too am on the horns of a dilemma, having just bought an acoustic bass for the price of a small car!
: My EUB had Thomastik Spirocores (red) on it.
: The Acoustic bass came with Thomastic Superflexibles which are brighter (possibly newer)and harder (i.e. stiffer) to play.
: I have swapped them between instruments and find that the acoustic instrument is easier to play and has a darker sound with the Spirocores which are three years old.
: My problem is: should I buy new Spirocores, which are an unknown quantity to me, or should I try Pirastro Jazzers on the acoustic bass in an effort to acheive a warm sound with flexibility in the action?
: I would appreciate any information on this from somebody who has experience of both these types of string.
: Incidentally I play Jazz pizzicato, so arco compatibility is not an issue.
: Many thanks in advance, John.
I'll put in a plug for the Velvet 360's if you are pizz mostly and want a darker sounding string. They are EXTREMELY low tension and do very well on carved basses that like lower tension strings. Very gutlike tone, but they are expensive (about $175).I would suggest tuning your bass down a half-step and leaving it for a week and see how it likes low-tension. My Juzek loved it.
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