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Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by RBPCRC, May 10, 2018.
Would the Spirocore light S42 be the 3/4 or 4/4 set?
S42 is the 4/4 set.
But keep in mind that the S42 set fits either 3/4 or 4/4. According to Gollihur Music it is the most common. I have two sets on two basses, one 3/4 and one 7/8ths. They do make a 3/4 specific set, 3885, but I've never bought it. Not sure why they have it.
Another question: how long does it typically take for the banjo sound to wear off?
1 month of heavy use, 2 months of decent use for me.
Do this trick rub each string down with some olive oil right when you take them out of the package. Each time I've gotten a new set they feel better after doing that
I believe it is a bit heavier, to get a somewhat matching resulting tension between the 3/4 bass and the 4/4.
The S42 is the Medium 4/4 set. The 4/4 Weich are the S42W.
Is there a big difference in bowability with 4/4 and 3/4 weich set?
I’ve had both on my bass recently (Spiro weichs) and didn’t notice that one set bowed “better” than the other. Only difference I found was the 3/4 set is slightly tighter and that there’s slightly more depth to the sound in general
Rub oil onto the part of the string that a bow is going to touch?
No the whole string not just bow part. Wipe from red end to red end and leave it sitting on the strings for a day (maybe even before putting them on). Next day wipe them down to get any extra off and throw them on
Oh, my concern was putting oil on the part of the string where one bows and the negative effect it would have on the bow hair.
So, you're doing this to get oil "inside", onto the core of the string thru the spaces between the outer wrap in order to tame the output?
No it's different. Last 2 times I bought a brand new Spirocore it had a sort of white powder on it. And was harsh. I dulled the string down slightly by putting oil on the whole length of it and it helped fight the harshness. Probably dulled it as much as playing it for a week would have. I don't think you will have a negative affect on the bow hair if you clean it off well. Or just play them in like so many others do.
Has anyone ever tried submerging the Spiros in oil? Bad idea?
Why? I've used oil on brand new spiros by putting a dimes worth on a paper towel and running it up and down the string to wear it out a little before playing but wouldn't do it again (I like bright). You want to put the whole string in oil?
I went to school for classical but have mainly been playing jazz for a while. I'm feeling very reluctant to put on the Spiros since though the Hybrids feel rubbery at times I think the bass still sounds good with them pizz. Under the bow they respond like like good arco strings.
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