VelvetŽ Strings for The Double Bass and Cello
(Text below is from the velvet home page- my note: Velvet strings in my experience
have proven to be the solution for many professional players looking for the purest sound
from their instrument, bluegrass and jazz players alike. The newest addition, the compās180Ž are
made with the needs of the classical performer in mind, but can be used by anyone looking to combine
the velvet sound with the more accustomed feel of steel wound strings - a great arco and pizz string.)
Limitations of liability
Velvet strings is not responsible for direct, special, or incidental damage, or negligence.
The warranty is limited in duration to the limited warranty period. No warranties apply after that period.
updated color code chart --- Installing the tailpiece cords
At Velvet we believe the strings to be integral to the musical instrument.
At Velvet our attention is focused on the instrument as a whole, its function and history. Our work involves both respect for tradition and openness to innovation, combining handcraft and contemporary computer-aided string design in a quest for the most beautiful, expressive sound of all.
Round full tones and the greatest possible sound transmission are achieved by uniform loading of the bridge. The strings have been designed so that the force required at standard pitch is the same for each string.
The string cores consist of materials chosen for their sound quality and consistency, elasticity, resilience and robustness. The winding ensure free oscillation of the strings and the best possible tone.
The choice of materials, the design and construction, produce a lighter string with lower tension, reducing the stress on your instrument and opening it up to allow a heightened clarity, intensity and spaciousness to the sounds produced.
Tailpiece cords of flexible, light weight, but ultra-strong cord, are also available. Strings and tailpiece cord work together to ensure perfect results.
Garbo, anima, blue and compas 180 sets are constructed around a core of natural fibers and produce a sound difficult to distinguish from pure gut strings. Windings, whether of copper or synthetic materials, reinforce the strings' warmth and richness of tone. Each type of string offers unique characteristics, providing an attractive solution for most playing applications.
velvet gārboŽ price list
The strings of choice for the jazz bassist.
Garbo "regular" strings have the largest diameter and the highest proportion of silk core to copper winding of the velvet string sets. Providing big volume and a dark sound, these strings are the ones recommended for jazz and bluegrass pizz players. Tension is 25 kg per string.
Garbo light are ideal for slap techniques or for instruments with thinner tops that may need the lower tension. (23 kg per string).
Garbo G gut is a set for those who would like a true gut G string. The G string is of high quality European made gut. The other 3 strings include a light D and regular A and E strings.
The silk core highlights the particular frequencies which enable the acoustic instrument to hold its own - even against a drum set. The sound is especially distinctive for the lower-middle frequency range, offering rich harmonics that are clear and assertive with the familiar "kick" as the note begins. The gārbo strings can produce a fullness of tone and penetration which is simply unbeatable.
velvet animaŽ price list
The Anima strings have a smaller diameter than the Garbo. They have more articulation, more sustain and respond better to the bow. These strings are Velvet's best seller among jazz bassists who also do some arco work. With a big volume, and warm sound, the Animas are not as dark as the Garbos.
Anima's thinner core ensures a rapid response for pizzicato and arco players alike. The strings produce a strong well-balanced sound with a rich bass and open **harmonic** range. Perfect definition and audibility in all registers makes them suitable for practically every application from Jazz to Baroque. Tension is 25kg per string.
velvet compās BlueŽ price list
The first synthetic core string from Velvet, which took 2 years to develop. Intended to be a more affordable string that still sounds like a velvet product, featuring great articulation, big volume, great sustain and equal tension on all 4 strings. The Blue set has it all - a bit brighter than the silk core sets, offering fast response and good volume - a string with a student price but professional sound --- tension per string 25kg (55 lbs)
velvet compās 180Ž price list
Our classical string designed for orchestral tuning.
The use of up-to-date textile fibres makes the compas 180 strings particularly elastic, producing a full, rich, open sound. The pizzicato is strong with long sustain. The strings respond perfectly to the harmonics which are crystal clear. Compas 180 requires no change in playing technique, while opening up new possibilities in sound, tone and modulation. These are thinner strings (than the anima and garbo sets), very close in diameter to regular metal strings. The inox (a high quality stainless steel developed in Europe) (flat) winding (instead of the copper) provides an excellent surface to efficiently grab the bow for smooth action.
There are five formulations of compās 180Ž:
- standard set (26 kg per string, red top) for orchestral playing price list
- suit set (24 kg per string, black top) can be tuned in standard pitch and solo price list
- solo set (26 kg per string) for solo tuning only price list
- solo light set (24 kg per string) for solo tuning only price list
- fifths tuning (26 kg per string) (C-G-D-A) (octave below the cello)price list
Tailpiece cord price list
Do not underestimate the importance of this piece.
Very often the tailpiece is fastened to the instrument by means of a metal cable, selected according to strength and ease of fitting, without any special considerations as regards acoustic qualities.
Over time, gut, which has excellent acoustic properties but which is fragile, has been replaced by metal cable, which, though very strong, represents a real mute for the instrument because of its stiffness.
To secure the tailpiece, we have invented a tailpiece cord with acoustic and elastic characteristics comparable to gut. The cord is very strong, safe, and fitting is as practical and simple as making a knot.
The tailpiece cord controls the oscillation of the strings in a longitudinal direction, makes the sound more open and upgrades instrument response capacity.
Recommended for use with velvet strings for completeness, or used together with strings made by other manufacturers, the velvet tailpiece cord considerably improves the sound from your instrument. Bass players who would like a taste of the technology innovation being implemented by Velvet in the field of bowed string instruments (even without trying the strings), can have their first concrete experience of the effect of velvet technology on the sound of their bass by replacing their existing cable with a Velvet tailpiece cord.
The tailpiece cord is available for all bowed instruments. A longer cord is available for those using adjustable tailpieces on their basses.