Dean Markley SR2000 Bass 2698C 7-String Bass Set, 22-127
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Oh yeah! This is one hot string! Taper-wrapping at the bridge allows SR2000 to vibrate easier . . . and longer.Most of you may not realize the technology and finesse involved in creating Dean Markley strings. Every company makes ‘em a bit different, and the "recipes," while they may look the same, can be quite diverse.
With the exception of strings smaller than .050, all of the bass strings are made using compounded winding. The winding directions are reversed between layers to "cross-hatch" the covers. This makes the string smoother.
The term "compound wound" does not necessarily mean two covers. When you get to thicker gauges like .095, Markley use three covers. At .120 there are four covers, while other manufacturers continue to use no more than three covers on large strings. This makes the string's surface as smooth as possible. And second, compounding allows for a smaller more flexible core wire, which enhances the string’s playability.
As an additional and very important factor, the process tension (the tension that the core is held at during the winding process) is equally important to obtain the final recipe desired.
Another factor considered when creating these bass strings is the "core to cover ratio." These ratios vary to hone in on just the right mix that offers the best playability and durability. If a string is designed in such a way that the core percentage is too large, then playability is sacrificed. If the core percentage is too small, the string can break, and obviously that isn’t what a player wants!
There is a rule that comes from the early 1900's piano string industry that states that a string’s tension should never exceed 66% of the breaking point of the core. The engineering philosophy maintains a 60% rule when developing new designs, because these strings are plucked, slapped, or worse, and not hammered like a piano. Each material used has a specific weight which influences tension, so mathematical modeling is used to determine just the right mix of core to wrap. Sounds technical, but the important result is a great sounding string that lasts. So thump ‘em, slap ‘em, pick ‘em, caress ‘em. They’ll give you the love right back with tone, resonance, and sustain that just doesn’t quit.
String Gauges: MC .022 .027 .047 .067 .087 .107 .127
Dean Markley Item No. 2698C
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