Re: gut strings

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Posted by David Kaczorowski on May 21, 2000 at 12:47:53:

In Reply to: gut strings posted by Tom Rau on May 18, 2000 at 12:06:47:

: 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 installed a set of Pirastro Oliv just a few days ago. They're flatwound
chromesteel over gut. I was using Helicore orchestral strings. I play jazz
and classical. All I can say is that so far, the Oliv are awesome. The sound
is huge. In a room with wall-to-wall padded carpeting I feel the floor
vibrating under my feet. Straight ahead jazz is pizz is thunderous. The
strings are certainly not dead and thumpy, though that may vary with the
quality of the bass. They sustain long enough for my taste.

I considered for awhile trying a synthetic core string. I decided I had to
try the real thing first. In everything I heard or read about other strings,
steel and synthetic fiber, there is always a remark about how closely they
resemble the sound of gut. I wanted to hear for myself what that sound is
(admittedly though, I'm not using plain gut).

If you like the sound of the bass on old jazz records (Mingus' sound and PC's
sound come immediately to mind) try gut. Do some research first to determine
which gut strings would be best for you in terms of plain G and D w/ wrapped
A and E, or all four strings wrapped, and wrapped in what. The wrapping will
affect the sound.

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