Fifths tuning strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by hemhaw, Nov 29, 2004.

  1. hemhaw


    Dec 12, 2003
    Chicago, Illinois
    I could use some help.

    I’m looking for a set of strings for Fifths tuning (ala Re Mitchell).

    I’ll get the Spirocores as a last resort, but I’m wondering what other strings are available.
    I’m looking for a set that will be closer to, but not necessarily, gut.
    Like many of you, I would like it to be acceptable for pizz and arco.

    I know Velvet as offered various sets (garbos, animas, and compass) but I tried contacting them twice about what the currently carry and have gotten no response.

    Any suggestions? Info?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Congratulations! Red's Thomastiks are the only ones I know of.
    I'm sure our resident string expert Francois will know of any others.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Lemur Music carries all of the Velvet 5ths tuning sets. They would be the best to contact.
  4. On my electric bass, I used to tune up the G to A, tune down the A to G and replace the E by a B tuned up in C.

    Can a similar thing be done on the upright ?? I mean, without experimenting strings breaking or poping out of the tailpiece and injuring the first row in the audience.
  5. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Hi Charles.
    One could use this kind of setup:

    A: solo-tuning first string
    D: no problem
    G: solo-tuning fourth string (F#) tuned up a half step
    C: several low Cs or low Bs are available. A low B can be tuned up a half step safely.

  6. hemhaw


    Dec 12, 2003
    Chicago, Illinois
    Interestingly, Stephen Schertler got back to me today.
    He only mentioned the compas 180.
    Yet, Lemur only carries the Garbos in fifths?!

    Hopefully I can get a more detailed response from him.

    The bass I'm planning on tuning in fifths is a 2002 Kolstein Fendt.

    I wonder if the tension of Velvet strings are too low for this newer bass.
    Any thoughts?
  7. This is what I did when I tried fifth tuning a couple years worked fine. The bass and strings handled the change just brain didn't. :help: