Posted by François Blais on September 04, 2000 at 10:10:53:
In Reply to: Strings posted by Bob on September 04, 2000 at 08:36:34:
: I am considering synthetic core strings for my upright- possibly Pirastro Obligato or Picatos. My main concern is that I have heard that these strings have a very short string life. I have been using Spirocores and Helicores and am looking for something less "metallic" but I still want growl as I play about 75% pizz 25% arco. I have also been considering rope core strings- possibly Corellis. Any comments?
Spirocores and Helicores are using rope-cores too (their core is braided steel) and, to my knowledge, the Corellis are not much less metallic.
The Helicores are coming in pizzicato, hybrid and arco variants. Which one did you tried? The arcos are much less metallic, but growl less than the hybrids.
The Jargars are definitely the less metallic of steel bass strings I've tried, but they don't growl.
You have to compromise somewhere.
The Thomastik Dominants are using a perlon core, and have the kind of pizz tone you're looking for, and I heard they bow great too, but their life is not very long, and they can break easily if the metal-wound part reaches your tuning pegs.
Have you tried the Pirastro Permanents?
They have a good pizz tone, and they're supposed to be designed primarily for arco.
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