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Olive and Innovation 140b comparison?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by grunter, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. grunter


    May 1, 2005
    London, UK
    I am currently using Innovation 140b strings for both jazz and orchestral playing, and they're proving to be a great hybrid string. My old English bass definitely prefers the lower tension and flexibility of these strings - but maybe it would prefer Olives even more!
    How do 140bs compare to Olives for arco and pizz playing? Are they similar tension and volume?

    Many thanks!
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  2. stefaniw80401

    stefaniw80401 Supporting Member

    May 18, 2004
    Evergreen, Colorado
    Hmm...nobody responded to this otherwise interesting question.
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  3. Steve Boisen

    Steve Boisen Your first second choiceâ„¢ Supporting Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Tampa Bay, FL
    Don't rush us.

    - Steve
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  4. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    Apples vs oranges. The Olive G is one of the finest strings made, but the D is bit lacking. I like Eudoxas better on the lower end if we're talking true wrapped gut. Never been a fan of any of the Innovations; they all seem like a plastic compromise to me.....start the flame throwing.....
  5. Reiska

    Reiska Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2014
    Helsinki, Finland
    Never tried any Olivs but I`ve understood that the lower strings are pretty thumpy, and especially the E. I was really close to ordering Oliv EA recently, but came to my senses as they would have been really unpractical in my playing / hauling system. Chris Wood sounds great with Spiro w E / Oliv ADG both pizz and arco. I tried Eudoxa EA under plain guts on my buddy`s 1/2 size laminate travel bass, those are glorious strings both in feel and tone. Higher tension than your average wound guts and more sustain than any wound gut string I`ve tried. I know some people prefer " Olidoxa " set with Eudoxa EA and Oliv DG. Tension and tonality match should be great on that set.
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