Permanent Double Bass Strings
Pirastro makes good double bass strings, called "Permanent".
These are primarily a classical (bowed) upright bass string, but
some Jazz players also use them. For some basses, the Permanents
can be a little 'too much' for their bass. That is, the strings
have a little added tension which can have add more punch to the
attack (or "pop") of the string from the bow, but the
tradeoff there is that while they have warm tone, the seem just
a bit more stiff than the traditional Flexocor bass strings. (The
slight added tension can do that). You can use the whole set
of Permanents (as is often the case) or you can supplement a set
of Flexocors (A, D and G) with the added Permanent E string.
The E has more substance than the Flexocor and will still blend
well with the rest. Need more information about
Flexocor bass strings?
Changing the tension (upright bass strings)
When buying new upright bass strings, most don't take into account
that simply changing one string (from another brand) can actually
effect the whole tension balance of the bass. It's not a bad
thing, just something we should all take into account: There
is something like 500 lbs of pressure on the top of a bass (fully
strung at concert pitch) so you can just imagine how changing a
significantly more or less downward tension, can effect the way
a double bass plays, sounds and feels.
Again, it can really vary from bass to bass. Some basses have
very elastic tops. If you have never noticed this before....just
pull the E string, as if you're really going to pull it hard, but
don't let the string go. Then you look down at the f-hole
(E string side!) and you can see the flexibility of the top!!
Pull that E back and forth and you will see the top flex with it.
So by seeing this, one can quickly see how even putting a slightly
higher or lower tension string on can add to your set up equation.
Need to order some Permanent
double bass strings? We offer the lowest prices on all the big
brands: Pirastro, Thomastik and Helicore strings. See our upright
bass strings page.