Newby would like to know what strings are on his bass
A good month ago I started lessons on the DB together with my 7 year old daughter and we are both just loving it! At the moment I am renting a bass. The Luthier told me it is fitted with Pirastro Obligato strings but both me and my teacher doubt that. Or at least for a few strings. I have made a few pics of both ends of the strings so maybe some of you could help me help identify the strings?
Thanks in advance!
G and D are indeed Pirastro Obligato.
The E seems to be a Pirastro Flexocore.
The A might be a Thomastik Spirocore Mittel, but to know this a picture of the ball ends might be helpful. It is also unclear if it is the 3/4 or 4/4 string (which are different in tension for the same vibrating string length) since this could only be found out by measuring the total (uncut) length of the string.
Pirastro uses a cylindrical ball end for steel core strings like Flexocore (with a number) and ring shaped ball end for synthetic core strings like the Obligato.
Thomastik uses a barrel shaped ball end with a roman number for Spirocore.
A lot of players that tried the Obligato didn't like the rolling of A and E, so this might be the reason why there are other strings used on E and A.
Thanks for the very quick reply! Below a few pictures of the ball end
I cannot seem to find any Roman number
A doesn't seem to be a Spiro.
A S-S Red Label maybe?
The hot spot from the flash is obscuring it in the photo but it almost looks like the edge of an 'O'...
Well, I just looked again and there is indeed a Roman III stamped on top and an O on the bottom of the A string ball... Could hardly reach my bass due to all my kids toys lying arround so I missed the stampings the first time... So it must be a Spirocore then.
If the E is indeed a Flexocore we have the set complete! Thanks!
Yup, Flexocor 92 on the E.
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