SF/ Mittel combos

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by bribass, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. bribass


    Jan 25, 2006
    Northern NJ
    Endorsing Artist; Arnold Schnitzer/ Wil DeSola New Standard RN DB
    Recently took off the EP's and went back to the Superflex G/ Mittel D,A,E combo I have been happy with in the past. In short I enjoyed the punch, but missed the bowability.

    After a couple days and gigs I thought I'd try adding the SF D and A and leave the Spiro Mit E on (so now SF G,D,A and Mit E) to keep that low end growl clarity thing that only Spiro Mits or Stark E's can do. This turns out to be a winning combo for me right now and was great for a recent club show where I had to play at Jazz & Pop at some louder amplified levels and then turn around into some featured arco parts on ballads etc.
    Some might say why not SF G&D and Mitt A & E? For me I think the SF D is too fat next to a Mitt A. It's a thicker D than the Mitt D and a Mitt A seems a bit whimpy next to it. The SF A, however works very well next to a Mit E I'm discovering and this well broken in E is bowing well enough. Great set up for Jazz gigs thru my Focus and Wizzy's giving warm, focused amplified piz tone. Really versatile, I kept the same set up for a orchestral gig and the bass seemed to blend beautifully in the section.
  2. Johnny L

    Johnny L

    Feb 14, 2002
    New Jersey
    I recently tried the superflexibles (put them on twice), and for pizz all over I liked them quite a bit right out of the package. I thought they bowed great in the lower positions right out of the package too, and if I had little interest in going above the heel with the bow I'd still have them on my bass.

    In the upper positions with the bow I need all the help I can get, and the SF's have it in for me up there. The dominants, belcantos, and spiros I've tried are much more forgiving.

    I'd still be using dominants if they stopped breaking on me.