Posted by François Blais on September 04, 2000 at 16:15:11:
In Reply to: Re: Strings posted by Bob on September 04, 2000 at 12:32:20:
: : : 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?
: Thanks for the info. I've been using Helicore pizzicato and am not unhappy with them. I am looking for more "wood" and less "metal" in my sound. I haven't tried the Permanents. Any idea on the approximate lifespan of the Dominants?
The Helicore Hybrids are already warmer than the Pizzicatos, and the Arcos even more.
As for the Dominants; if they fit the instrument's lenght (if the metal-wound part doesn't reach the tuning pegs), I'd expect about two years max., but some players break them faster, like Joel Quarrington, the classical player who tunes in fifth, may use three A's a year (first string for him).
But he plays hard, and some other factors are important, like your bass nut's grooves and angle.
Jazz Bassist Dave Young plays on Dominants, and I've heard that Michael Moore, who was endorsing Picato Innovation synthetic core strings, has switched to Dominants too. (apparently because the Innovation were breaking too fast and were going dead quickly)
The Pirastro Obligato's synthetic core also have a good review from many players.
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