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Re: Innovation Strings by Picato

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Posted by Robert Goodlett on March 24, 2002 at 07:33:48:

In Reply to: Innovation Strings by Picato posted by Bean on June 28, 2001 at 11:21:40:

: Hello, I was wondering if anybody has bought these strings and what they think of them. Please include what type of bass you have, and what kind of music you play. Thanks

My name is Robert Goodlett and I am the Assistant Principal Contrabassist with the Indianapolis Symphony Orhcestra. I was able to obtain directly from Picato a new set of the Braid Core Innovation Strings for orchestra playing directly from the manufacturer. As I understand it, they are not quite ready for mass production but will be very soon.
I was able to obtain a new set of the Innovation orchestral strings with the braided core. From what I undertand these strings are a new formulation and are not quite ready for mass production, but will be very soon. The strings I am using are model #140-B.

I find the strings to have a very warm and dark tone, which suits my bass particularly well.
The first thing a player will notice is that the strings are thicker than most metal strings. However, I don't find this to be a
problem at all. The tension on the string is somwhat less than a metal string, and the response is very quick. There are a few
adjustments that I made in my playing to get the best tone out of my instrument. I noticed that with these strings that if I used a
little less pressure and a little more bow speed, that the string responds very well and the instrument feels quite free in tonal
production. For more volume of sound, the player needs to remember not to press into the string too much, but simply move
the contact point closer to the bridge. In playing in soft passages, especially in accompanying soloists, the really positive
response of the string gives me a lot of confidence that I can make an entrance softly without having to worry whether the string
will speak or not, and it won't be too loud. I also found the articulation of notes in fast passages to be very clear.

Robert Goodlett

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