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Thomastik Precision
Double Bass Strings

Precision strings are general purpose bass strings, offering a low cost, long lifespan and quick response. The solid steel core results in a hard tactile feel. These strings are not well suited to Solo pizzicato playing as other choices. The tone is transparent, meaning they do not color the tone significantly. Thomastik wants you to upgrade to Spirocore if Precison performance is lacking Solid steel core with steel wrapping is the first type of steel string ever produced. The concept for its design is unsophisticated, and the resulting tone is likewise simple. These strings will not color the tone as other types of construction can and will. Before solid core strings, gut was the core of choice. Early users of steel strings were happy just to have stable tuning. Expectations were low at that time.
Basses respond dramatically to changes in tension. Due to the large span of a bass's top, any changes in string tension can have a profound effect on the fitting of the sound post, and therefore the tone production of the instrument.

Heavy Basses need more tension. It is assumed that the user of Precision, or other low cost solid steel core strings, has an instrument of substantial mass. Student instruments are generally heavier, with thicker parts to ensure durability. This extra mass requires more energy to resonate.

3/4-4/4 Bass
Orchestra Tuning
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G $39.80
D $44.65
A $45.45
E $54.60
Set $183.99
B (V) $70.00
C (V) $68.50
3/4-4/4 Bass
Solo Tuning
A $39.80
E $44.65
B $45.45
F# $54.60
Set $183.99
C# (V) $70.00
It's all about value. Precision strings continue to exist because they are cheap to produce. No frills bass strings are few, especially those in small sizes. Little innovation is possible due to the simplicity of the fundimental design.

Alternatives to Precision are few, but well worth considering. Corelli offers a solid core string, but also a ropecore string that is low cost, but offers more choices of sizes available. The Tungsten rope core type is easier to play compared to Precision. Also, D'Addario Helicore offers an affordable alternative with more character.

Tension Specs. Measured on an instrument with 110cm vibrating length. G 70.5 lbs, D 70.5 lbs, A 77.1 lbs, E 77.1 lbs


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