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what SOLO/Orchestra string people use for G...

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by megan, Mar 5, 2004.


  1. megan

    megan

    Feb 29, 2004
    LA, CA
    I am using Pirastro chromsteel now...I like DAE but the G sounds so sharp and bright. I used to love chormsteel but now I hate it so much...... don't know why...sigh.....
    I'd like to know what people use for G? :help:
    Thanks for your response! :)

    -Megan
    ================
    Life is not always beauty, but you have to create it!~
     
  2. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Hi.
    I assume you're talking about the FlatChromesteel?
    You could get an Original Flexocor or Original FlatChromesteel G.
    (they're the same thing; the latter is just selected with a closer tolerance range and sold a bit higher price)
    It's less twangy than the (new) FlatChromesteel and would match nicely with them, methinks.
    You could want to change the D too.
    I've found that mixed sets are often better when matched in pairs. (D-G & A-E)
    HTH!
    François
     
  3. megan

    megan

    Feb 29, 2004
    LA, CA
    Thanks, Francois! :)
    yes, I'm using Flat Chromsteel, white and red spiral....never thought I'd dislike the G this much...

    Do you have any suggestions? mainly for orchestra use...
    Thanks in advance~
     
  4. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    I already suggested the Original FlatChrome G.

    The (new) FlatChromes are considered an hybrid string, in the sense they're designed for both arco and pizz playing.
    If you are playing mainly arco, you should consider other strings, IMO.
    The strings you have are quite bright.

    Depends if you're open to change the whole set.

    The Kolstein Varicors are another excellent hybrid string, with a warmer tone than the FlatChromes.

    If you want to change only one or two strings, I'd suggest you keep the A&E from your FlatChrome set, and get Original FlatChrome D&G.
     
  5. megan

    megan

    Feb 29, 2004
    LA, CA
    THANKS for your input, Francois!! :cool:
    really really appreciate.....................
    ps. out to buy some more strings~ gonna replace my GD ~~~
     
  6. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Let us know about the results!

    BTW, you may also want to use the rubber tone filter that comes with every Pirastro steel G string.
    If you don't know how to use it: it goes between the string and bridge, so that the string touches the bridge groove right over the hole in the rubber ring filter.
    This greatly reduces the brightness and adds warmth to the G string.
    (it also reduces the sustain)