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"My Search For The Perfect Upright Strings" article by Bob McCaskey

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Steve Boisen, May 13, 2017.


  1. Steve Boisen

    Steve Boisen Your first second choiceâ„¢ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Attached is an article called "My Search For The Perfect Upright Strings" by Bob McCaskey that appeared in the March 1996 issue of Bass Player magazine. It was the first article about double bass strings I ever came across, and it actually informed a few of my subsequent purchase decisions. I agree with most of the author's opinions regarding the strings I've tried, but I find a few of the comments puzzling. I'm curious to hear what others think (you should be able to see a full-size version of the article by clicking on it).

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    - Steve
     
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  2. Adam Booker

    Adam Booker Supporting Member

    May 3, 2007
    Boone, NC
    Endorsing Artist: D'Addario Strings, Remic Microphones
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  3. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans
    "The tone of Spirocores lacks definition and helps if your intonation is weak".

    What? :confused:

    I find that if my intonation gets better with Spirocores cuz you can hear it better. What he's saying is the opposite?

    That's really the only thing is disagreed with him on. Everything else was interesting
     
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  4. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Colorado
    Cool to know that this insanity existed pre-internet forums. Maybe we're hard-wired as (bass playing) humans.......
     
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  5. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Bob also wrote a great shootout of bass pickups around the same time. I had some email exchanges with him and he was a great guy, very helpful.
     
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