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Easy to Bow "E" String

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by bdengler, Jan 23, 2006.


  1. bdengler

    bdengler

    Jan 23, 2000
    New Albany, Ohio
    As I slug through some health issues, I would appreciate your recommendation on an arco string that is easy on the left hand and easy to bow. I'm recovering from shoulder injuries (plus I've had ongoing problems with the left hand that's being treated), so I need a string that doesn't kill me when I finger and bow the E string. Thanks for your help!

    Brian
     
  2. chipsas

    chipsas

    Feb 28, 2005
    Europe, Lithuania

    eudoxa E - deep round warm sound, good articulation with bow.. and you can play clear fast stuff on eudoxa E..
     
  3. Reuben

    Reuben

    Aug 8, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    Corelli 370 or maybe Helicore Orch light gauge.
     
  4. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Flex '92 Stark. I haven't played this one myself, but if it is a good match for the rest of the set (see KSB), then I would say it's a great bet. Gauge and stiffness are similar to regular gauge Spiros, maybe a bit softer and more noodle-y ala the Obligatos.
     
  5. jmpiwonka

    jmpiwonka

    Jun 11, 2002
    this string bows well, it feels a little looser than a spiro mittel E to me (going from memory here though), i think the guage is about the same too.
     
  6. Well, maybe in comparison to Spiros, the Flex '92 Stark E might be easier to bow and easier on the left hand, but in my opinion, in comparison the the Heliocore Orchestra Medium E I have bowed for more than two years, and the Heritage E that I tried on my section mates bass, the Flex Starks require more work for the left hand and more pressure with the bow.
     
  7. jmpiwonka

    jmpiwonka

    Jun 11, 2002
    well, i had pirastro pizzicatos on my bass before.....
    and i have new hair in my bows and kolstein rosin now so they are easy to get started and i think most stuff will seem easy after the pizz's.

    i don't know about left hand tension, they don't feel bad at all to me.
     
  8. I've been using superflexible solos for about 6 months. They are low tension, but bow well, especially the E and A. I'm sure they won't sound as good as something like the eudoxa, but you could also purchase the whole super set for what you'd pay for the the eudoxa e. Especially if you see yourself gaining strength, you could get back to your regular strings in a few months the super could be a good cheap way to stay on your instrument while you recover.

    Hope that helps a bit. I think the E can be purchased for around $35 new.

    Chris
     
  9. bdengler

    bdengler

    Jan 23, 2000
    New Albany, Ohio

    Hmmm....I have a set of "ducks", not a bad idea. I also have, I found, Obligatos, Permanents, Helicore light tension orchestra and the Corelli 370's. Out of this batch, any recommendaitons other than the Eudoxa's? Thanks, Brian
     
  10. chipsas

    chipsas

    Feb 28, 2005
    Europe, Lithuania
    jargar's are great for easy bowing, and warm tone! but E string can't respond well when you need to play fast on this string.. compared to eudoxa E. for me, eudoxa = the best E i've tried. other choice i'd say - corelli , if you're looking for a good articulation with bow on E.. they sound weak though..
    by the way, i heard that innovation 140b not bad, and they are similar to eudoxa's..
     
  11. kwd

    kwd

    Jun 26, 2003
    silicon valley
    I have a 140B E on now. It's pretty easy to start but requires a little more from the left hand than a Corelli. It's similar to the Jargar Forte E.

    It works well as a match to the plain gut A, D and G I have on now.
     
  12. bdengler

    bdengler

    Jan 23, 2000
    New Albany, Ohio
    I had Jagars on my other bass; I thought the E string required a lot of bow pressure. Jagars are pretty forgiving strintgs, however.

    Brian
     
  13. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    The corelli 370s are by far the most comfortable string I've played on for both left and right hands. It's easy to stop notes with the left hand and are incredibly responsive to the bow. I hope this helps.
     
  14. chipsas

    chipsas

    Feb 28, 2005
    Europe, Lithuania
    compared to jargar E, eudoxa E bows like a dream..
    these are expensive though..
    but i don't know other E string could sound so good with so good articulation..
    maybe your answer is- corelli, if you don't need big warm round sound.., these are weak, thin sounding strings, but very comfortable to play.
     
  15. bdengler

    bdengler

    Jan 23, 2000
    New Albany, Ohio
    Yes, I would agree, the Correlli's are wonderful on the hands. They also vibrato nicely.

    Brian