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solo use orchestral tuning strings

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by theodore, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. theodore


    Dec 14, 2004
    I will be performing a classical solo recital on my bass, and have found that my current set of strings are not cutting it. They seem pretty dark and a little muddy, and I was wondering if a brighter set of strings might be able to project more.

    I have a set of Thomastik Spirocore solos that I might throw on, but I was worried the tension would be too low because I am playing the recital at orchestra pitch. Any recommendations on a set of strings that would be able to project a bit better?

    Here is what I have now:
    E-Pirastro Permanent Extended E
    A-Pirastro Flatchrome Original
    D-Pirastro Flatchrome Original
    G-Pirastro Flexocor Original

  2. Theodore, please first note I'm a pizz only player.

    The solo Spiros are fine at orchestra pitch, I have three of them on my EUB right now and they're just fine.

    However, for arco work, I think I'd suggest Corellis.
    My favorite Corelli set is the 380M.
    Nickel wound, medium tension.
    They're very easy to play, have a clear yet warm tone, and I hear they bow like a dream.
    Like most strings, they sound brighter for the first two weeks.

    Hope this helps!