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Why is the Corelli 370TX G string lower tension than the 370F?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by unbrokenchain, Oct 12, 2017.

  1. unbrokenchain

    unbrokenchain Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Asheville, NC
    Have a set of Corelli 370Fs coming in the mail today, planning to swap them onto my 69 Kay C1 in hopes they won't bow the neck quite as much as the Spiro mittels do, and hopefully a little more forgiving with arco. I noticed on the tension chart at Gollihur that the TX (heavy gauge) G string actually has a lower tension than its middle gauge counterpart. I happen to have a set of older Corelli 370TXs lying around, wondering if anyone's tried using the TX G with the 370 DAE, or see any reason I shouldn't?
  2. Disclaimer: for what I know.

    Don't know where is that chart but the TX model is more a difference in construction than in tension.
    The TX series are more rigid and have a brighter tone.
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  3. Scott Lynch

    Scott Lynch Supporting Member

    Sub'd. I've been curious about this as well.
  4. unbrokenchain

    unbrokenchain Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Asheville, NC
    Well I went ahead and set it up with the 370Fs and the TX G. D and G string are almost the same diameter, but I don't really see why that's a problem. Haven't tried the forte G to compare, probably won't since I really like the way the TX G feels and sounds.

    Have had them on maybe two hours now so I'm sure the sound will change a bit, but it seems like a perfect string solution for this bass. They are noticeably quieter than the spiro mittels as expected, but great tone and the relief on this wimpy kay neck is much easier to handle. They are indeed infinitely easier for arco and the flexibility of the string makes vibrato effortless. Much easier to play quick pizz lines as well. This bass will get a neck rebuild at some point, but I'm trying to make it last at least through rest of the year as my primary, and this gives me a bit more confidence. Almost all my gigs are amplified anyway, so acoustic volume isn't the biggest deal to me.
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  5. DaveAceofBass

    DaveAceofBass Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2004
    Charlotte, NC
    This is accurate...I have emailed Corelli and this is basically what they told me too. I would recommend sticking with an entire set and not worry about what you’re seeing on the tension chart from Gollihur, as he took his own measurements...perhaps they are slightly off but even if not, why does it matter? The sets are made to sound good together. The 370TX is a louder set with better projection, but it’s definitely stiffer under the fingers compared to the 370F set. The TX set is better for louder gigs...maybe like playing in an orchestra....although I think Belcantos are better in a section because they are warmer sounding. Corelli are excellent though, and are very nice and low tension.
  6. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    We take our own gauge measurements, but the tension measurements (when available) are taken from manufacturer's product info. I don't have the equipment to properly measure tension.

    That said, if I have a tension measurement that doesn't jive with the manufacturer, please let me know about it so I can correct it!

    (edit) - I did have some numbers listed that were a little off. I've made corrections. They may have been conversion errors from kg to lbs. Thanks for pointing it out!
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2017
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