Spirocore Bass Medium Gauge
String Set of 4 Tunes to G-D-A-E
Spirocore Bass Medium
Tension - Red Wraps is Lemur Music's pet name
for these wildly popular Spirocores. They are the benchmark for a jazz string
in so many ways: superior volume and sustain, good growl, and a true bass
fundamental. Give your Spirocore Mediums a week or so to 'settle down' for
the most long term durability of any steel string.
Spirocore Bass Strings In Orchestra Tuning (G-D-A-E)
Spirocore bass strings
are specially formulated for pizzicato play. They
are an all steel string made to produce maximum volume and sustain. While
their outer wrap feels very smooth to the hand, they are not most players'
choice for bowing. Spirocore is now available more variations than any other
Bass Light Tension - Weich is the German Word for soft and that's
a good description for these lighter gauge strings. There is less mass on
a weich gauge Spirocore so it's a bit easier in the hand, without sacrificing
any noticeable volume or sustain. Players who want less tension for the
top plate of their bass choose a lighter tension string. This one delivers
all the Spirocore punch you would expect.
Bass Heavy Tension - Stark is the German word for heavy and these
strings are much thicker and heavier than other makers' heavy gauge strings.
Use them when you really need more volume - there is enough mass on a Spirocore
Stark to drive a truck. Your hands need to be stronger to play them, too.
That being said, Spirocore Stark delivers a focused pitch every time.
Bass in Fractional sizes
- Almost all the Spirocores
we sell are considered full size (4/4). We do that to fit the greatest number
of string playing lengths. We also stock Spirocore True 3/4 size Bass in
Medium & Weich Tension, as well as Spirocore 1/2 size Bass in Medium,
and Spirocore 1/4 size Bass in Medium.
Strings - Lemur stocks all the extension fourth strings, High C and Low
B 5th strings in each Spirocore Bass Gauge.
Bass In Solo Tuning (A-E-B-F#)
Bass Solo Tuning Strings - The Thinnest Gauge steel strings are
made to be tuned up a step from Orchestra Tuning sets. Because many bass
players using solo tuning are arco players, they prefer Belcanto Bass Solo,
which was designed from day-one to be a bowed string. Still, if you want
that Spirocore punch and sustain in the thinnest possible gauge, then this
solo tuning string may be right for your bass/your play. You can tune the
solo tuning strings down a step to lower the tension.
Bass in Fractional Sizes - We stock the True 3/4 size solo tuning
Spirocore Bass as well as a 1/2 size solo tuning set.
Spirocore Bass Extra Strings
- Thomastik Makes and Lemur Stocks an Extension 4th string (F#) as well
as a Low 5th string tuning to C#. We consider both of these strings
to be rare birds (not made by many manufacturers) and so we USE THEM FREQUENTLY
since they have great center of pitch, remain focused, and are readily available.
Bass In Fifths Tuning (A-D-G-C)
Fifths Tuning, the double bass is tuned like a cello but an octave lower
(A-D-G-C.) Fifths tuning was once a very common double bass tuning
but has been supplanted by standard tuning in fourths. However, Fifths tuning
has been re-adopted by a handful of bassists, most notably (the late) Red
Mitchell who lends his name to this particular Spirocore sets. Other players
who tune in 5ths include Joel Quarrington, Dennis Mazzuso, Silvio Dalla
Torre, Paul Unger, and Larry Holloway. 5ths tuning is definitely gaining
advantages of fifths tuning seem to be that:
- The bass achieves better
intonation with the rest of the string section due to the uniform tuning
with upper strings and cello.
- It's a very good method
of reaching a low C, without an extension or a fifth string.
- Jazz players find it
easier to reach the major tenth which can be played easily without a position
- Increased resonance, volume
and quality of sound.
- The strings have more
common overtones, causing the strings to vibrate sympathetically.
years we had to mix-n-match from a variety of manufacturers to
make good 5ths Tuning Sets. Now we have the Spirocore Red Mitchell 5ths
Tuning Set in both Medium and Weich Gauges. Yipes! Chosing bass strings
is getting easier, thanks to Thomastik-Infeld.
updated Sept 2012 tb