Re: Obligato strings and bridge


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Posted by olivier on September 11, 2000 at 01:58:32:

In Reply to: Re: Obligato strings and bridge posted by Al on September 08, 2000 at 13:34:55:

: : My five year old German "carved" factory (Musima ?) "Popper" bass through Wm Lewis Co. "Ficker" design seems bright to me so I am trying
: : Obligato strings to mellow the sound - but I don't hear much difference
: : - G & D Obligato - A & E Helicore Orchestra wor well _ I think
: : it is still bright sounding - Should I replace my bridge with "adjusters"
: : with a solid new bridge (with no adjusters) will it sound brighter or darker??

: PS I play orchestra bass and use a German bow

About Musimas: I don't know how they compare to Kays, but they are also factory plywood bass and what is said about Kays - a Kay is a Kay - applies, meening that you should not have too high expectations about them. They are nevertheless convenient student bass and, for that reason, I would keep the adjustable bridge.

About mixing Obligatos: the composite core of these strings is very elastic, and tend to atenuate longitudinal vibration and higher harmonics, resulting in a darker sound. Helicore orchestra have a braided metal core (plus damping material - silk?) and have less longitudinal elasticity, but they are heavier (especialy A & E!) so it is their effect which predominate, even when you don't play them. So I don't think Obligato mix well with other strings.

Maybe a soundpost adjustment would do the trick ?



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