String ID

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Selim, May 2, 2018.

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  1. Selim

    Selim Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    New York City
    5C5B0C34-E190-40C0-9E16-2A32D9304BB8.jpeg a friend of mine asked if I could find out for him what strings these are.

    Thanks
     
  2. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    The E is an orchestra Helicore. Not totally sure about the other two.
     
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  3. Permanents.
     
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  4. elmer

    elmer

    Oct 1, 2004
    Finland
    They aren´t Permanents. Permanents have blue spiral on yellow.
     
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  5. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Agree, not Permanents.

    I don't think they're Pirastro strings. I don't recognize them as such.

    My gut said "those might be some type of Corelli", but I have no idea what I might be basing that on.
     
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  6. Selim

    Selim Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    New York City
    My friend is surprised by the Helicore. He says these strings are on a very old, very valuable instrument (not his).

    Hey, whatever works. Every pot has a cover.
     
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  7. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I'm sure about the E-String. Helicore Orchestral.
     
  8. Scott Lynch

    Scott Lynch Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2002
    Delaware, USA
    The A and D do look like Pirastros. Original Flat Chromes maybe?
     
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  9. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    You know what? Shame on me. Those are Original Flat Chromes. I have a G string on my bass now and just looked at it. In my mind, the spiral was purple for some reason, it's a match with the photo above.
     
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  10. Selim

    Selim Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    New York City
    Oh I’m not doubting you. I think maybe my friend was surprised to find a “budget” string on an expensive instrument.

    Or more likely was just expressing the facc that he himself doesn’t like them!
     
  11. Selim

    Selim Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    New York City
    Thanks Troy!
     
  12. OFC are white with a dark purple twist. The photo is absolutely potato but the silks sure look like yellow with an electric blue twist to me. A better, clearer picture can only help.
     
  13. Scott Lynch

    Scott Lynch Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2002
    Delaware, USA
    Are you sure you're not thinking of the Flat Chromesteels? The silks on those look more dark purple to me, whereas the Original Flat Chromes look more blue.

    I also remember reading somewhere that A Heli Orch E or E/C with OFC A D G is a relatively common orchestral set, which really makes think those are OFCs. I could be wrong though.
     
  14. Selim

    Selim Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    New York City
    It’s an old shot — somebody he used to study with from the BSO. He studied with a few guys from that section.
     
  15. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    Here's a phone photo of the Pirastro G string on my bass. If they are Pirastro strings, the peg-box end silks will be"

    A= black/violet
    D=red/violet
    G=brown/violet

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