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Switching to solo strings.

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by icanjam, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. icanjam


    Dec 8, 2013
    Manitowoc, WI
    I bought my bass this winter and it came with orchestra strings. Now that orchestra session is over I wanted to switch to Belcanto Solo gauges for, you know, soloing.
    Frankly I'm scared to do it, I've been swapping strings on my guitars numerous times before but this is different. Is switching to that thiner gauge isn't going to hurt my new bass or require changing nuts or anything will it? Is tuning solo strings down to orchestra tuning so I can still practice the solos I play now going to put me at risk for the sound post falling? Will changing strings on a double bass be likely to cause the bridge to shift? At this point should I order the strings and bring them into the shop and have them do it? Thanks,
  2. bskts247

    bskts247 Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans
    That should be fine. Maybe bring it to a shop so you learn how to change strings "properly". My friend plays Belcanto Solos when she wants solo strings and Evah Pirazzi orchestra strings. I don't think there is a reason to worry about the bridge falling. You wont need to change the nut as far as I know. Tuning down to orchestra tuning is fine but you dont get the same amount of "balls" (in my opinion). Hope that helps
  3. TroyK

    TroyK Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    You shouldn't need to cut the nut and the key is to change strings one at a time, so that there is always the pressure of the other 3 strings holding things together. Nothing to worry about.

    In the unlikely event that the soundpost falls (very unlikely), just take all of the tension off right away and get someone to set the soundpost before you bring it back to tension. But, one string at a time and you should be golden.
  4. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
  5. Steve Freides

    Steve Freides Former Mannes College Theory Faculty Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Ridgewood, NJ
    I wouldn't bother changing strings.