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Going from Flexocor to Spiros

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Danko, Mar 30, 2006.

  1. I had Flexocor on my bass, and have been pretty happy with the feel, volume and tone so far. Now switchig to spiros (just orderred a set) because Flexs have become all thumpy on me. (they are more than 3 years in use now)

    Switching to Spiros for two reasons:
    1. To see for myself why they are labelled as "THE jazz strings".
    2. Because they are a bit cheaper than flex's.

    What can I expect tonewise, feelwise and volumewise?

    Ah, yes... both orchestral and both medium, so I guess no big diff in tension. :)

  2. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Never played Flexocores, but lots of Spiros on lots of basses. I think you can safely expect the following:

    -Lots of growlll, plenty sustain. kind of a midrangey sound, sort of a "modern" pizz sound. Very bright at first, then they fatten up as time passes.

    -I like how they feel...smooth and refined. They feel "well made" to me. I've gone on to different strings now, so they feel a bit spindly to me, but you can adjust to that.

    -Arco is good after breaking them in. Some people find them to be scratchy, but I think they do fine.

    -Volume is not as big as some of the other choices out there, in my experience, but that depends a lot on the individual player, the bass, and the setup.

    -They will last forever. Very hard to kill Spiros. They also stay in tune very well in my experience.

    I consider them one of the great bargains in the DB string world. I've tried a lot of strings, but I always have a set of Spiros in the drawer if I need them. I can toss 'em on, and I know the bass will sound great.

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