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I'm thinking of Zyex..

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Henri Gross, Nov 11, 2018.

  1. Henri Gross

    Henri Gross Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2018
    I'm a college student who's a bass performance major, and I spend a majority of my time doing orchestral work. Anyone have any experience playing in orchestra with Zyex? I want to try them, and they're pretty cheap too... I like the way they sound on some other basses, especially under my bow (I have a "special" bow). I've tried the Kaplan heavy tensions, and I REALLY liked those, mostly because of the amount of sound I could pull. I really just want a canon that can win auditions...
  2. Seanto


    Dec 29, 2005
    Curious with those that main on orchestral think of Zyex. I personally found them to be not so much a friendly bowing string with a flat tonal response(or does that make them a good bowing string?). My Spiros are both more powerful and have a wider tonal response, which i think would convey more emotional and dynamic playing. Some describe the tone as scratchy though. To me, "scratchy" simply equals cutting through. Then again i've never played in an orchestra/symphony.(probably should become my signature)
  3. Henri Gross

    Henri Gross Supporting Member

    Sep 22, 2018
    I played on a Spiro extended E and absolutely hated it. It was an extremely slow bow response, and then the tone quality was just down the tubes. Granted, that's just on my bass and for my playing, so while it may not work for me, it works for many (or else the string wouldn't be sold anymore).
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  4. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    I found Zyex to be a tad too bright on my bass to blend well in a bass section. But that’s my experience on my bass, so YMMV, etc.
  5. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans
    I've hated zyex under the bow. Most basses have issues with the low strings arco. I would suggest going with a standard string like flexocore or belcantos. if you get a setup that works then stick with it and focus on practicing for auditions. that's what will get you the job.
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  6. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    +1. I’ve been really digging Flex92s on my bass (medium ADG w/ heavy E).
  7. Steve Boisen

    Steve Boisen Your first second choice™ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Tampa Bay, FL
    I don't think Zyex would be a good string for orchestra work. Even the other synthetic core strings used for jazz such as Obligato or Evah Pirazzi are better choices IMO. For a pure arco sound I've been impressed by D'Addario Kaplan and Thomastik Belcanto.

    - Steve
  8. byrdzeye


    Mar 28, 2013
    Toronto, ON
    I'm a beginner on the stick of pain, but I found the Evah's are better under the bow than the Zyex were. However, I started with Zyex on my first bass and loved them with pizz, and had nothing to gage bowing them as a beginner. When I upgraded to the Upton, it was recommended to use the Evah's on it, and I really like them.

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