oh my gosh buying strings for DB's is hard & Expensive labor...I am looking for the 1st string that would be the "G" string but the one that it tune to "A", every time that I see and Ad selling a solo string I dont know if they are selling the 3nd string "A" or the string that I am looking for.
Can someone give me an lecture on Solo strings? :help:
WHAT IS REALLY A SOLO STRING?
Usually to avoid this confusion, a lot of ads/shops specify the tuning of the string in question, not the string it will be replacing. Also, the word(s) "solo" or "solo tuning" find their way in there somewhere. Similar to orchestral tuning strings, the lower the pitch the higher the price tag seems to remain true, so you might be able to use that as a guide.
From bottom of a 4ths tuned bass to top you should see listed a C# (formerly low B on a 5 string) F# (with an optional "extended" for basses with extensions) B, E, and A. (occasionally a "high D" specified for a 5 string high C tuning) The important thing being that "solo" or "high A" should be in the wording somewhere.
If you have any confusion about this, contact the retailer directly. A quick phone call or email can save you a lot of grief. Often violin shops don't have a bassist on staff or aren't familiar with solo strings/tunings (a lot of bassists never use them/don't know they exist) so it's better to be safe than sorry.
We actually go out of our way to make it clear; for instance, our Solo A string for Evah Pirazzi is explicitly labeled:
"Single String: Pirastro Evah Pirazzi A1 String (SOLO GAUGE, G position)"
The "1" after the "A" indicates it's the "first" string (coming down from the top) and we also specify in parentheses, "SOLO GAUGE, G position," just in case you don't catch that distinction.
We also have an Solo Strings FAQ and a string buyer's guide to Solo Strings on the site to help you figure out solo strings. Feel free to use these free resources! And call if you have any questions.
+1000000000000 to a real bass shop
Guitar shops, or even big chain music stores with a "band and strings" or "orchestra" section in them RARELY have anyone who knows anything about bass. They often carry a very limited selection of strings and rosin, favouring D'Addario because the guitar side has a relationship with them etc. If you're lucky, they might have someone who plays violin on staff, but usually it's mostly wind players. (The one I'm thinking of does have a bassist on staff I went to university with, but this is an exception to the rule.)
Likewise, a reputable "violin family" shop that I have dealt with occasionally knows very little about bass. I applied to work for them years ago selling the fact that I have a bachelor's degree on bass, a burning interest in gear, play violin at a semi professional level, studied bow making and repair with the same teachers as the head of their repair shop, and having purchased a couple of (mid-high end) instruments from them. They hired another cellist. They obviously didn't care about bass related business, and there is a much more bass friendly shop in town they are giving it to.
With the internet, you don't have to subject yourself to this. There are a lot of great exclusively bass, or bass inclusive shops out there. If you live somewhere where you can drive for a short while to get to one, it will definitely be worth the experience to stop in. If not many have a great or exclusively online presence, and will ship anything to you and usually still offer better prices than your other alternatives.
I am not saying we are all saints, but I have met a lot of bassists that have gone into the business side of things because they wanted to help fellow bassists and saw us as a void in the market. I have met a lot more viol(in)ists and cellists that feel defeated and jaded by having to work in a string shop because they didn't make it on the audition circuit. Send your business to someone who cares about you, not just making a buck off of you. Start a relationship. You won't regret it.
Thanks Mike and Mark
I am looking for only for the G1 solo tune to A1 Something like Spirocore, Obligatos or something decent to Bow, but still with some Pizz life like 75% bow and 25% or less pizz. I am happy with my Spiros. And I found it on the internet what I was looking for, but I wanted to use my Bill me later account from Paypal, and i found it impossible to be sure what I was getting on Ebay.
Spirocore solos are great strings. Not to confuse matters, but I use them tuned down to orchestra pitch on one bass.
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