Originally Posted by Mgaisbacher
I am getting a new bass and have decided that when I first get it I am going to stick with spirocores for a while to get used to the bass but I still think in the long run I'm going to be trying different strings. What I'm thinking about doing is maybe keeping the spirocore E and A but changing the D and G. I'm thinking about trying eudoxa, velvets, obligatos, or possibly just gut. And I was wondering from people who have probably already had experience with these, which out of the ones I listed with last the longest, and also I was worried about sustain compared to spirocores. And just for reference I play probably 90% pizz and 10% arco.
Also, A few days ago a played someone's bass who had EAD evah pirazzi and a velvet G string. I didn't care for the Evahs to much but I really liked the feel and sound of the velvet. The only thing the owner of the bass said was that the intonation is a little different on that string from the others, is common with mixing strings?
I'll kick this one off...but it's all opinion. The question is more about what will give you the sound you want on your
E and A Spirocore Mittels (unless they are Weichs) have quite bit of tension so they could very well choke off a much lighter D and G such as guts or Velvets. Or if not choke off, give you a strange feel because of the big difference in tension. Hard to say unless you try them all together though.
Obligato's will work OK...Upton Bass has been selling Spiro Mittles and Obligato's as a set. Obligato's sound good on most basses but do not last very long (6-9 months usually) whereas the Spirocore will last for many years.
Eudoxas on the D and G would work OK...but....they are prone to unravelling depending on the climate. The silver wrap is quite fragile. The two Eudoxa's will likely cost you around $270.
Also, Obligato's and Eudoxa's will not sustain as much as the Spiro Mittels.
Some other strings that would likely match your Spiro's are Dominants. They have a strong fundamental, are closer to the tension of the Spiro's and last a lot longer than Obligato's.
Innovation 140 H will also work...so will Original Flexocor.
I could go on. I have used all the strings I mentioned and was a tester for Obligato when they first came out many years ago.
I am now using Velver Garbo's with a gut G...I have never had the "intonation problem" that your friend mentioned.
There are tons of opinions and suggestions available here on the strings forum if you do a search.
In the end though you will have to shell out some cash to see what works and what doesn't.
Enjoy the ride!