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 string.
In Orchestra Tuning
(G-D-A-E) Spirocore Bass
Tension - Spirocore 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.
Spirocore Medium Tension
- Red Wraps is our pet name for these 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 mediums a week or so to 'settle down' for
the most long term durability of any steel string we know of.
Heavy Tension - Spirocore
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.
Size Spirocore Bass Strings
- 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
3/4 size in Medium & Weich Tension, as well as Spirocore 1/2 size in Medium,
and Spirocore 1/4 size in Medium. Fractional sized Spiro's are proportionally
smaller, meaning a bit narrower and shorter. See package details for exact lengths.
Extra Strings - Lemur
stocks all the extension fourth strings, High C and Low B 5th strings in each
In Solo Tuning (A-E-B-F#)
Solo Tuning Spirocore
Strings - The Thinnest Gauge steel strings are made to be tuned up
a step from Orchestra Tuning sets. Because most musicians using solo tuning
are arco players, they prefer Belcanto 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
Fractional Size Spirocore
Solo Tuning Bass Strings - We stock
the true 3/4 size solo tuning Spirocore as well as a 1/2 size solo tuning set.
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 string manufacturers) and so we USE
THEM FREQUENTLY since they have great center of pitch, remain focused, and
are readily available.
In Fifths Tuning (A-D-G-C) Spirocore Bass
In this 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 in popularity.
The advantages of fifths
tuning seem to be:
- The bass achieves better intonation with the
rest of the string section due to the uniform tuning with upper strings and
- 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 shift.
- Increased resonance, volume and quality of
- The strings have more common overtones, causing
the strings to vibrate sympathetically.
For years we had to
mix-n-match from a variety of manufacturers to make good 5ths Tuning
Sets. Now we have the Red Mitchell 5ths Tuning Set in both Medium and Weich
Gauges. Yipes! Chosing bass strings is getting easier, thanks to Thomastik-Infeld.