Flexocor Bass Strings
There are now 3 kinds of Flexocor bass
strings. Flexocor Originals, Flexocors and the new, Flexocor
Deluxe strings. First about Flexocor and Flexocor
Originals. Here's the quickie version of the story: For many
years Pirastro made just a few brands of bass strings.
Flexocors were (and I think still are) the most popular orchestra
type string used for the upright bass. Then sometime around
1992 they had the idea that they could make these strings even
"better"! So they changed the old formula and came out with a
new version and to be quite un-dramatic about the whole affair,
almost caused a world uprising. Well, not really, but most
were unhappy that they messed with their favorite bass string.
Finally, Pirastro quickly seeing their grave mistake, brought back
their "Original" Flexocor bass strings and called them that so that
there would never, ever be any confusion. For a while, they
called the "newer" version of Flexocors (Flexocor '92's), now simply
referred to as Flexocor. So now, you know why they have these
what's the difference? Flexocor Originals "feel" like they
have just a tad bit less tension. Again, it will always boil
down to what that particular bass does and what the upright bass
player needs or wants. The key point that every bass player needs to
remember is that for every one string characteristic strength, there
is almost an equal "tradeoff" with something else in the string.
So in a nutshell, the Originals tend to "feel" less tight with the
bow and they tend to sound just a little rounder (or thicker), but
the reason lots of people like the other brand (simply called
Flexocor) is that they have a bit more pop with the bow. If
you tend to really like Flexocors, the only way to really know what
you like better is to try them both or ask a friend that has a used
set, to try on your bass. True, the old set might be worn out
a bit, but you still can get an idea of what you might like.
We offer both
Flexocor and Original Flexocor bass strings brands as well
most all Pirastro brand upright bass strings.
Now about the Flexocor Deluxe bass
strings. The new Flexocor Deluxe strings still feel and
are similar to both the Flexocor and Flexocor Originals. The
new Flexocor Deluxe strings have a bit of "looseness" to them that
the other Flexocors don't have (as much.) I can see that the
new 'Deluxes" will win a lot of players over. They kind of
feel that your bow can sink into the string a little than the
others. It's hard to describe and ultimately (as we always
say!) it depends on the bass and the player's needs and wants.
We have a whole page dedicated to the
Why some don't use the Flexocor E string?
When comparing the tonal characteristics all 4 strings (of the
Flexocor bass strings), they match beautifully. Going from the
G, D, A and then to the E (while the timbre matches), the loss of
power on the E is more often too much to accept. Long ago,
upright bass players without having too much of a selection of bass
strings to choose from, often went with an 'E' Spirocore. It
will give way more punch ( and you can then get a decent spiccato)
on the E, but for longer sustained notes the brightness (edge) of
that Spirocore is often too much. We would keep these old
Spirocores on forever. Over time, the E would mellow and it
would blend better with the rest of the strings.
The Helicore is far less brighter (with the bow) then a
Spirocore. The Permanent E string
will have an even warmer tone (than both the Helicore or Spirocore)
and still have a pretty decent attack with the bow. Again,
(and again) it boils down to what works best for that particular
bass and the playing style of the player. If you want a
stronger E than what comes with the regular set of Flexocors,
we recommend using a Permanent E string instead.
We have the lowest priced bass strings in the world. See our
upright bass strings page for prices and listing of the bass
strings that we offer.