Anybody know what kind of strings these might be?
These came on a Clevenger EUB I found in a pawn shop.
I haven't owned an upright in a while and they seem kind of stiff compared to what I remember the Spiro Weichs feeling like that I had on my last upright.
I saw the thread for the lower tension strings and may try the Spiro solo gauge tuned normally as so many suggested.
Any help on the current strings is appreciated.
(Yup! Purple on the top, Red on the bottom)
Those are just flash artifacts on the body. It's actually in excellent shape.
Thomastik Spirocore Weich. But if it is the 3/4 (3886.0W) or the 4/4 set (S42W, less tension than 3886.0W on the same scale) could only be checked by knowing the string lengths.
On my Clevinger (without a raised saddle, yours is raised) the 3/4 Spiro Weich have too much perceived tension. The 4/4 might be fine, but probably a bit long for the small pegs.
Yeah, I thought they "looked" like they might be the Spiro Weichs,
but the perceived tension made me have some doubt.
They're not terribly stiff. Just a little more than I remember.
I still may try the Solos though.
What do you mean by "raised saddle" as pertaining to this bass?
The underlengths on your instrument run over a wood block on top of the lower end of the body. This is what I meant.
On my instrument (older keyhole tye) there is no such wood block, so the angle over the bridge is larger (and the bridge originally was screwed to the body to avoid a falling bridge due to uneven string to bridge angles on both sides of the bridge).
The larger angle of the strings on the bridge might (!) have an influence on the felt string tension.
If I wouldn't have a 5-string with high C, I would have tried the Solos or the S42W.
The recommendation by the manufacturer is Pirastro Obligato, I'm thinking about putting Innovation Braided on my Clevinger which have a little bit less tension and have a smaller diameter on the higher strings than the Obligato (but still more than Spiros).
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