I was fortunate to hear and see this great orchestra conducted by sir Simon Rattle in the end of December in Berlin. Here has been some discussion about their bass section´s string choises. So here´s what I saw; Their 1st solo bass mr. Janne Saksala had Pirasto Original Flat Chromes and an Obligato G string on his (Amati?) 5 string bass. 2nd solo bass mr. Esko Laine (both from Finland by the way had all Thomastik Bel Cantos. I saw six basses from eight closely and interestingly half of them had Original Flat Chromes and the other half had Belcantos on. What a wonderful New years concert it was. The Firebird by Stravinsky was a breathtaking performance.