String Recommendation/Advice Needed
I'm looking for some advice on strings for my double bass. I've used Spirocore Mittels almost exclusively for several years, and been very happy with them. I have however, recently moved to another country and had to leave my old bass behind.
I recently purchased a 1920s Czech ¾ of unknown make. It came with the same strings, but they don't seem to respond as well; they really seem to lack projection/volume. In the practice room and it sounds great, but I feel like I'm killing myself on the band stand. They are probably close to 10 years old; has their lifespan just worn out?
As an experiment, I've been trying Innovation Super Silvers. The difference in projection/volume is incredible. I've gotten a lot of comments on it. However, I'm really not digging the more 'gut' string sound. The sound I'm after is much more 1960s Ron Carter/1990s-present John Patitucci. The tension is also far too low; it's almost too easy play.
So, in summary, I'm looking for strings that will offer greater projection, but still afford a similar degree of articulation, sustain and tuning accuracy as the Spiros.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!