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Oliv alternatives?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by joel kelsey, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. joel kelsey

    joel kelsey

    Aug 1, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Hello bass fam!

    I really love the sound and feel of my Oliv D and G. However, as with all Pirastro strings I have tried, the Olivs do not hold up (the strings start unwinding at the bridge or near the nut). I'm looking for a D and G string that sound and feel like an Oliv, but hold up better. Any thoughts? (By the way, I am a "jazz" player and you can hear me at the page linked in my signature)
    Thanks in advance!

  2. Jim Dombrowski

    Jim Dombrowski Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Perhaps the bridge and/or nut slots are too tight
  3. joel kelsey

    joel kelsey

    Aug 1, 2006
    Chicago, IL

    I don't think so. Almost every Pirastro string I've ever owned has come unwound near the bridge, but not in the slots. I just put a new G on last week, and the windings on the string are coming off around the half-position area, not actually in the slots. Case in point-I've had spirocores on for years with no problems at all. I also have my bass checked out regularly by a good luthier. However, I'm not here to bad mouth Pirastro. I'm just looking for a string that is comparable to an Oliv.
  4. Zyex
  5. bskts247

    bskts247 Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans
    Evah. I use the Weich d and g with dpiros. Sound great
  6. robobass


    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    I haven't used Olive, but used Eudoxa Stark for many years. I did find that they came unwound in the lower positions and a bit (but not so much) near the bridge. I still was usually able to get a year out of them. I oiled them regularly and tightened the wrap every so often. As for substitutes, I've switched to Obli's, which do last much longer, but of course they don't replace gut for sound, speed, and articulation. If you are a hard hitting pizz player, then I think that you just have to accept the low durability of gut and bite the bullet, or make the sacrifices of going synthetic. Life sucks and then you die:meh:
  7. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
  8. tyb507

    tyb507 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2004
    Burlington, Vermont
    I'll second the Evah P suggestion.
  9. Medve


    Mar 8, 2013
    I use gut strings and cut my own bridge. Thickness of my bridge on the top is approximately 7 mm instead of 4,5-4,9 mm. Just a thought .
  10. BHBassman


    Jan 5, 2013
    Evahs! Weichs or /& reg. !
  11. daddarioorch631


    Jan 27, 2014
    Farmingdale, NY
    Product Specialist, D'Addario & Co.
    Hello! My name is Josephine, and I work for D'Addario. Have you ever tried our Zyex set?