I'm around a few great arco players and a lot of classical bass students on a regular basis. I notice that the strings du jour these days seem to be either Bel Cantos or Permanents. I also notice that the string heights of these players seems to be a fair bit lower than what I use with stiff strings (Dominants/Spiro starks at 7-10mm G --> E). On my bass, with my newbie arco technique, I seem to get better "grabability" with the bow when I keep it on the loose side. On some of the basses with the lighter/softer strings that are set lower, I seem to get better results with a somewhat tighter bow (don't get me wrong - I'm still a rank amateur, but relatively speaking...). So, in short: Tighter/higher strings = looser bow adjustment Softer/lower strings = Tighter bow adjustement My question: is there some sort of universal "looseness quotient" at play here as part of the equation, or is it just me not having my chops together?