Strings by D'Addario are available for all three playing styles: Arco, Pizzicato,
and Hybrid. Orchestra
players, jazz pros, students, and their teachers like the even tone across all
four strings, as well as the easy 'start' that are the hallmarks of Helicore
has been reformulated to have a richer, more complex tone. A bit of added mass
creates more volume and makes the string more lively for larger orchestra basses.
Overall the tone is more robust and more complex than Hybrid.
Arco comes in three gauges, Light, Medium, and Heavy. Color wrap in the tailpiece
is blue silk with a golden spiral.
Solo Tuning Helicore
Arco is the thinnest gauge of all and
can be tuned to A-E-B-F#. Color wrap in the tailpiece is brown silk with a golden
spiral. There is no additional color band that denotes tension.
has also been reformulated to be much more robust, with greater volume and sustain.
We liked the new formula Pizzicatos on Lemur's Jupiter Bass because they had
the mass to drive the big top plate. Pizzicato comes in three gauges, Light,
Medium, Heavy. Color wrap in the tailpiece is dark red with a golden spiral.
A+ to D'Addario for this re-make.
has also been improved by removing the damping layer to allow much greater volume
and sustain while the arco response has been warmed up by chaning the core wire.
Color wrap in the tailpiece is green with a golden spiral. Again, we are
most pleased that the original formula Hybrid Bass String has been improved.
Helicore Light Gauge Bass Strings
are suitable for lighter weight double basses with more delicate top plates
that just do not need higher tension strings. They're also a good choice for
players with hands that are just not as strong. A solid gold band at the end
of the color silk denotes Light Tension.
Gauge Bass Strings are the most adaptable
and will service the greatest number of upright basses. A solid blue band
at the end of the color silk denotes Medium Tension.
Gauge Bass Strings have the most mass
on the string, making them a noticeably higher tension string. Heavier, thicker
top plates will benefit from these stronger, more robust strings. A solid
red band at the end of the color silk denotes Heavy Tension.