The "Solo Tuning" for the contrabass was adopted sometime in the 1800s to create a more transparent, brilliant tone with more projection for solo works. It involves tuning all of the strings up a whole-step, using thinner strings. The lighter strings are more responsive under the bow, and the tone's clarity carries better in a hall.
The bottom string is usually tuned to F#, although some players choose to leave it at the E pitch to extend the instrument's range.
We offer a full range of strings for solo tuning. However, our Pistoy style of gut does not respond well to this tuning, so that string style is available only for the third-string position.
The solo gauges are assuming a pitch of a-440.
The following strings are included in the standard set:
A-1 - Lyon gut
E-2 - Lyon gut
B-3 - Gut/Silverplate
F# - Gut/Silverplate