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Circle K Strings - Similar to What Other Makes ?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by ambientbassist, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. I just took delivery of 2 sets of the balanced Circle K strings.

    These are pretty amazing, easily the best strings that I've used. Tonally they sound perfect, and the feel and response is truly astounding.

    Problem is they work out quite expensive, mainly because I live in the UK.

    These 2 sets worked out at something like £80 including postage and VAT.

    Are there any other strings like these ?

    I like the balanced feel, that's probably the greatest thing.
  2. Levin


    Oct 30, 2012
    What gauges are you using, on what kind of bass? : ] Am getting some for my jazz I think.
  3. The gauges are 124, 94, 70, 53, 37, 26 on a Modulus Q6.
  4. ixlramp


    Jan 25, 2005
    I can't think of anything similar to Kalium/CKS' revolutionary stuff ... find a flexible string and build a balanced set from singles 25 35 50 70 95 130 is a set i often recommend, search for 3 wrap tapered Bs with as short and fat a tapered section as possible.

    My system for initially choosing balanced / slightly inverse gauges (and the gauges above) is derived from physics and is ...

    Working from high to low:
    Multiply gauge by 4/3 and choose next higher gauge.

    Working from low to high:
    Multiply gauge by 3/4 and choose next lower gauge.

    The direction you work in sometimes changes the outcome.
    Of course that is just a rough starting point for perfecting a set by feel, i discovered through trial and error i prefer tension falling from low to high.
    4/3 just happens to be the frequency ratio of two notes a fourth apart, and 4/3 is the name of the just intonation fourth 498 cents.
  5. alec


    Feb 13, 2000
    Perth, Australia
    I'm in Australia and although we don't cop any tax, the postage is still a bit steep. I sometimes do a group buy with other people and split the cost of shipping.