Re: Obligato strings and bridge

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Posted by Al on September 11, 2000 at 12:37:11:

In Reply to: Re: Obligato strings and bridge posted by olivier on September 11, 2000 at 01:58:32:

: : : 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 ?
Thanks, Oliver - If Musima is a laminated bass then my "popper" is not a Musima
It is a"solid" top and back - I was once told it is a cedar top.

Thanks for the idea that the helicore strings predominate re the sound - So, who made my german bass in
1995 in Germany for Wm Lewis Co.?

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