Re: gut strings

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Posted by Don on May 18, 2000 at 20:09:15:

In Reply to: Re: gut strings posted by Ed on May 18, 2000 at 12:25:09:

: : I have been toying with the idea of trying gut string on my upright i would love any comment regarding anyone's own personal experience in the matter. I am currently playing mostly jazz and think maybe i could get a more percussive sound with the gut.

: I'm not sure what you mean by "more percussive". To me, a more percussive sound is what I get with steel strings when I let my callouses get too hard. Maybe "thumpy" is what you mean, big attack, quick decay, short sustain? I dunno, most of the PC I have on record is with him using gut strings and he doesn't seem to have a problem with getting a very singing sound out of his bass.

You won't get much sustain with gut strings, if that's important to you. That's the trade-off. Quite accidentally, I discovered a string that is steel wound over a synthetic gut. It has the stability of a steel string, it holds its pitch and has some sustain, but it's softer and has a tone quality towards gut. It is the Obligato made by Pirastro; $100 for the set

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