Oliv alternatives?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by joel kelsey, Mar 8, 2014.


  1. joel kelsey

    joel kelsey Gold Supporting Member

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    Hello bass fam!

    I really love the sound and feel of my Oliv D and G. However, as with all Pirastro strings I have tried, the Olivs do not hold up (the strings start unwinding at the bridge or near the nut). I'm looking for a D and G string that sound and feel like an Oliv, but hold up better. Any thoughts? (By the way, I am a "jazz" player and you can hear me at the page linked in my signature)
    Thanks in advance!


    Joel
  2. jdombrow

    jdombrow

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    Perhaps the bridge and/or nut slots are too tight
  3. joel kelsey

    joel kelsey Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't think so. Almost every Pirastro string I've ever owned has come unwound near the bridge, but not in the slots. I just put a new G on last week, and the windings on the string are coming off around the half-position area, not actually in the slots. Case in point-I've had spirocores on for years with no problems at all. I also have my bass checked out regularly by a good luthier. However, I'm not here to bad mouth Pirastro. I'm just looking for a string that is comparable to an Oliv.
  4. TylerEmond

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  6. bskts247

    bskts247

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    Evah. I use the Weich d and g with dpiros. Sound great
  7. robobass

    robobass

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    I haven't used Olive, but used Eudoxa Stark for many years. I did find that they came unwound in the lower positions and a bit (but not so much) near the bridge. I still was usually able to get a year out of them. I oiled them regularly and tightened the wrap every so often. As for substitutes, I've switched to Obli's, which do last much longer, but of course they don't replace gut for sound, speed, and articulation. If you are a hard hitting pizz player, then I think that you just have to accept the low durability of gut and bite the bullet, or make the sacrifices of going synthetic. Life sucks and then you die:meh:
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  9. tyb507

    tyb507

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    I'll second the Evah P suggestion.
  10. Medve

    Medve

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    I use gut strings and cut my own bridge. Thickness of my bridge on the top is approximately 7 mm instead of 4,5-4,9 mm. Just a thought .
  11. BHBassman

    BHBassman

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    Evahs! Weichs or /& reg. !
  12. daddarioorch631

    daddarioorch631

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    Hello! My name is Josephine, and I work for D'Addario. Have you ever tried our Zyex set?

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