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spiro orch vs. weichs?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by lin fung, Nov 16, 2002.

  1. lin fung

    lin fung Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2002
    Taipei, Taiwan
    I've read a few people praise spirocore orchestral strings. I don't understand what these are. Are they just the next thicker gauge up from weichs? How is the sound different from weichs? How much harder to play are they?
  2. sean p

    sean p

    Mar 7, 2002
    eugene, oregon
    orchs and weichs differ not so much in guage as tension. orchs are higher tension (and relatively high compared to most strings). the weichs have a 'snap' and decay to the pizz sound that many players perceive as gut-like. still, the sustain is certainly that of a ringy steel string. the orchs have a more resonant punch and longer sustain, and to many ears, a tinnier overall tone.

    both varieties are long-lasting and are used ubiquitously in the jazz (etc.) world.

    sean p