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Belcanto/Spirocore "Velvet Blues" Set
DescriptionVelvet Strings was a company that made several well-regarded double bass string sets; the Anima, Garbo, and Blues were their most popular offerings. The Velvet strings were somewhat unusual in their design and materials usage, and over the years they have earned a very dedicated and devoted user base. With the unfortunate (and unforseen) dissolution of Velvet Strings, many people have been looking for string sets that have a similar feel and tone to the strings that the company once made.
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Discussed in ISO: a string set that's closest in qualities to Velvet Blues in the TalkBass community
This is very cool. In my experience, downtuned solo strings have a similar overall feel to the blues, and more or less equal tension from string to string. I used a complete set ... ... more
Hi, Dave; how might you compare (if you'd happen to know by now, & care to share) the pizz timbre/tonal response of this set, relative to any other down-tuned solo set you've perhaps ... ... more
Remember the main thing re: this set from Gollihur; these are solo tuned F#BEA, but the intended application is orchestra tuning EADG, mimicking the aggregate tension of the Velvets, ... ... more
I have done this with a complete set of Spirocore solos tuned to orchestra pitch and I have used regular Belcantos, but not this mixed set. It's actually an old trick (solo strings ... ... more
Yes, this point is certainly germane to this subject; keeping that groove pocket tight and comfy really needs to always happen. ;) I'm really appreciating everyone's input with ... ... more
Discussed in Gollihur's "Velvet Blues" set in the TalkBass community
I have no experience with them, but have been reading up on them since you posted this. Spiro Solo E and A under Belcanto Solo D and G. Apparently available in 3/4 and 4/4 size sets (with equivalent string gauges). While the "formula" was suggested by TI, on further reading it looks to me like this is a custom mixed set ... ... more
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