Double Silver Basses

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oc chuck
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Double Silver Basses

Post by oc chuck » Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:18 am

I usually play Saverez Cantiga bass strings.

I would like to hear reviews or comments
about double silver bass strings.

Do you hear a better tone with them
or a longer life?

e.g. - Knobloch Actives
- Pyramid Double Silver
- La Bella Argento SH Sterling
or others that may be out there.
Thanks

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Kent
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Re: Double Silver Basses

Post by Kent » Fri Jul 19, 2019 2:15 am

Tone? Depends on the guitar. I use Pyramid and they sound really pure and warm on my 60 year old guitar. On my other gem, they sound tinny.
Longer life? Yes, very noticeable longer life.

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Re: Double Silver Basses

Post by petermc61 » Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:01 am

My experience is that, as a general rule, the higher silver content bass strings have a richer and harmonically purer sound. They tend to last longer.

Savarez Cantiga, for example, are probably the closest to a high silver content string there is amongst the ‘normal’ strings.

Given pricing and performance for me the standout bass strings are:

Cantiga (regular silver, see above)
Knobloch Double Silver
Pyramid Sterling Silver

I just can’t see the value in Knobloch Sterling or La Bella Argento. More so, I don’t particularly like the Argento. Nice tone but they sacrifice weight and power for purity. At that price, I want it all not a trade off.

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