As you've probably gathered from reading our string descriptions, the selection of string can make a profound difference in response, so D'Addario offers strings in three flavors: Orchestra, Hybrid, and Pizzicato.
D'Addario makes Helicore Pizzicato strings for players who play mostly pizzicato (plucking), hence the name. They have the most sustain and growl in the Helicore family of strings. They have a brighter attack for pizz play, which can provide that more "modern" jazz tone, and cut through a denser mix. If you do bow, though, you might consider the
Hybrids, as they maintain some of the pizzicato "presence" but are easier to bow than the Pizzicatos.
They are available in light, medium and heavy tensions.
An Extended E/C string (for low string extensions) is also available.
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We are sorry to hear of your experience. If you experience a problem with your strings (or string set), you may contact us (D'Addario) to see whether a manufacturing mishap is the cause. If you wish to return the string(s), visit http://www.daddario.com/ra. Please return the string or set in question in its original packaging (including corrosion intercept bag if possible). This will help us determine if a defect or other malfunction has occurred. Upon receipt and evaluation, if a manufacturing defect is revealed, we will quickly send you a replacement.
NOTE: Though it may not be the case in your situation, please keep in mind that premature string breakage is often caused by burrs or rough edges that develop at the nut or bridge/saddle. These rough edges are often difficult to see, but can be ruthless on strings. If your string continuously breaks at the nut or bridge, please check these points of contact for a nice, smooth surface. If burrs or rough edges are found, contact your local music shop or luthier to perform the necessary minor repair to resolve this common problem.
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i play a fair amount split between 2 uprights..they last about a year before getting dull...but the first 3 months....they sing!
I contacted you on 11/4 asking for a recommendation for some new strings for my 1964 Kay upright, and you responded with a few qualifying questions, then made a couple of recommendations. One of your recommendations was the D'Addario Helicore Pizzicato. I just wanted you to know that I ordered them per your recommendation on 11/5 to include your "Extra Fast" shipping, as I am gigging this weekend with my Bluegrass band, had broken my G-string, and was left with a less than adequate 3-string bass! I wanted to let you know that I received my new strings the next day, 11/6. I installed them that evening, and they are all that you promised in quality, feel, & sound. I have the brightness that I like, the sustain is incredible & the volume is too. Thanks for your fine recommendation & the wonderful service in getting my new strings to me in plenty of time for my weekend gig. Sincerely... A Customer For Life