String tension relationships between strings.
I'm sure this has been covered and I know I've even read some on this here but here's my question regardless. I was playing EP's and the e string was just too muddy. Threw on an old spiro mittel extended E and everything was working smooth enough.
Then, as any bored bass player with only half a brain does, I tried to improve on this. I tried a mittel A. It was a little aggressive at first but we settled into an understanding.
Now in my folk rock band I was under amped and tried to make up for this with more mids/aggresive strings. Wanted to try velvets so I grabbed some blues but the old string shop didn't have an extended E so they recommended an extended spiro weich to match tensions. From the get go the weich E has been dead and worthless compared to the blues. This struck me as odd seeing as both strings are suppose to have decent mids/sustain/presence.
Now I do play a decent amount of arco and not being sold on the sound nor the bowability I'm ready to leave the blues. I wouldn't mind trying weichs but the awful E string scares me away from them. Do you think the deadness of the E string could be caused by the extra low tension of the blues and I should give it a shot with a regular set or does my bass just need a beefier string on the low end? Long post for a short question but I thought I was all relavent.