Diane Mitchell recently sent me a set of Red's old strings to try out. They are basically Spirocores tuned in fifths. I am a bit confused because every picture of Red's bass I have ever seen seems to have much thicker strings than these. I know pictures can be decieving, but his strings - especially the high A and D look a lot thicker than these spirocores. Does any one know if Red was using anything different? Also, in the Tal Farlow documentary, there is a bunch of footage of Red playing. He has very low action, and his strings seem so bouncy. All the spirocores I have used always have seemed very stiff at any hight. It looks in the video like he is using the fifth tuned spirocores because of their red windings on the bottom, but they are just way thicker than the ones Diane sent me - which with the exception of the low C, are about the same as regular spirocores. Any ideas?