Posted by Preston Smart on October 12, 2000 at 11:48:03:
In Reply to: Need bow and strings advice posted by Al on October 11, 2000 at 17:37:05:
: I can only afford one Bass at the present time. It's a Kay. I use it in a jazz
: band. It has Thomastik Spirocore Orchestra Strings. Great sustain! but seems
: tough to bow. I only use the bow at home. I'm taking classical music lessons,
: which I like and want to continue. Until I can afford to add another Bass, with
: different strings, what can I do to make the bowed music sound better?
: I'm using a fiberglass bow at present and I think it has synthetic hair.
: Would a better bow help? I don't want to change my present type of string,
: because it's got great sustain.
: I would also like to know if I can do anything with the bow to help the sound.
: Tighter bow? Looser bow? More rosin? Less Rosin? I tried those things
: with no results, but would like an opinion. My teacher is on leave now,
: so I can't ask my teacher. Would someone advise?
I know what you mean! I have a student that is using an Englehart. It originally
had Thomastics on it too. But the sound was so metallic when bowed that it made my
my teeth clinch. So I segested to my student to try D'Addario or Corelli strings.
I have Corelli's on my instrument,but my student chose D'Addarios and never
looked back! Both manufacturers produce good strings for both pizz and bowed
styles and are not that expensive. Check out Quinn Violins or String Bass.Com.
Rehair your bow first before purchasing a new one that you may not afford.
The combination of new strings and rehair will make a world of difference. Yes
even on a Kay!
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