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Velvet Blues vs Velvet Animas

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by CarterEddy2004, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. CarterEddy2004


    May 26, 2020
    I was just wondering what the main differences between the Velvet Blues and Velvet anima strings were?
  2. lurk


    Dec 2, 2009
    Be aware that as far as I know Velvet is no longer in business. I've used both, and I think Animas bow better and have a more complex sound. To me, Blues are a little closer to steel.
  3. elmer


    Oct 1, 2004
    +1, exactly my experience too...
  4. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides Supporting Member

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    Blues are great for pizz and sound great. They don't bow well at all.
  5. Eric Hochberg

    Eric Hochberg

    Jul 7, 2004
    Also, Blues are thinner and closer to what I would call a "normal" medium string thickness. I experienced breakage with them, which is one reason I gave up using them. Never had Animas on my bass.
  6. Blues seem to be a generic Perlon-core string. Animas are totally unique. I’ll miss them.
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  7. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Krivo Pickups
    Animas always had major durability issues for me, ranging from unwinding to once having one explode while being installed at David Gage’s shop in NY. I kept using them because they sounded so good. Clear and dark, great feeling, and LOUD. Loudest strings I’ve ever used hands down. The G string had a small bit of tynex wrap that gave the string a little extra fatness, both in feel and sound. This string always unwound first for me. Kind of a PC arco sound, but they started ok, except for the G which was always a drag. Always carried spares.

    Used the Blues for a year across two basses. They were somewhat stiffer, brighter, thinner, and quieter than the Animas, but had a roughly similar feel and tone. The arco was just awful, worse than I thought possible for a metal-wrapped set. Very hard to start, although this got somewhat better with age. These also unwound eventually, and by that point Velvet was done. Moved over to synthetic Evah slaps.
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2021
  8. robassable

    robassable Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2014
    I'm late to this thread, but have used both the animas and blues. Love the sound of both, but the Animas are definitely more gut sounding while the blues are a cross between steel and gut sounding. They are both low tension which I like since I play mostly pizz. Liked them both, but if you are looking for that gut sound, the Animas are hard to beat. On the down side, I have had issues with both: strings breaking on the Animas and you have to expect to tune them a lot, while the blues stay in tune much better. Unfortunately, after having the Blues on my upright for a few years, the G and A string spontaneously snapped apart (in the yellow nylon section of the string towards the bridge).
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