Corelli 370TX and D'Addario Hybrids
It's been a while since I've had work done on my double bass and I'm about to contact a luthier who is going to help me out with a few things.
First off, I currently have a set of Corelli 370TX's on (black and red silk). I slapped these on while I was studying classical - my teacher was right into Rabbath and these were the strings she used. Fabulous, cello-like, arco sound. Easy to bow. My main problem was that they seemed a bit thin in an orchestra setting and they are definitely not suited for jazz playing, unless I'm doing something wrong. They seem to have very high tension, and the 'thump' from my finger resting on the next string is a bit too loud (because of the effort it takes to pizz with volume in a jazz style.. again, unless I'm doing something wrong.)
But, right now I have no classical gig and there's none in the forseeable future. I do, however, play in an acoustic rock band on electric bass and we want to incorporate double bass every so often as well as do laid-back acoustic sets. I am also thinking of putting together a jazz trio.
I have a set of D'Addario Hybrids laying around. If I remember correctly, they are lower tension and definitely more suited to pizz playing. Perhaps not as smooth for arco, but maybe a bit warmer in tone. So I'm thinking of getting these put on. Unfortunately it's these or nothing, because I haven't got the cash for new strings.
As far as I remember, and by the feel of it, my bridge is currently set up for solo arco playing. Again, good for bowing, but high enough to get more 'thump' than 'mwah' when playing jazz - so not so good. So I think it needs lowering. I don't have an adjustable bridge, BTW.
My question is: will a string change AND bridge adjustment help make my bass better for jazz playing? Or, should I just try the strings first, since there is a difference in tension and that in itself may make it easier to play?