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Posted by Pat Harrington on March 05, 2001 at 17:14:34:

In Reply to: Bass Strings posted by Dave Wood on March 05, 2001 at 07:05:27:

: I know there's a lot of you jazz guys out there. So I must recommend Pyramid jazz strings for you. They make a nice soft tone but still keep the notes clear. I've gotten the best sounds out of my rig after getting Pyramid, mainly 'cuz I love a soft yet clear tone. The strings don't cost too much so check them out.

: Though I think I've found them I'm still on the look out for really good strings. So if you think you've found The strings for you why don't share it with the rest of us too. I'm really intrested as I think strings affect your sound at least as much as anything else. (For the record I use 40-100 gauge strings.)

>>>Hi Dave,

Have you tried the Thomastik flats?? If you're into getting upright
tones from your electric, Thomastiks are the finest flatwound string
made, period. I've tried the Pyramids; more like the Rotosound 77's.
The Thomastiks will cost you more, they're Austrian made, so a little
more pricey, but they LAST AND LAST!!...For rounwounds, I only play
stainless strings, primarily Rotosound RS66 swingmasters 40-100 guage,
and 99's which are the Piano String Design (contact core), The D'Addario
PRISMS are super bright long-lasting stainless strings that I really love
too, but have been in short supply lately around town. FYI, there are
only a few actual manufacturers of bass strings world-wide (less than
15, at last count) So a lot of those "boutique" guitar companies actually
source their strings from one of the big string makers and simply re-package
them with their own logos and labels. Almost ALL of the world's string
makers are winding on VINCI stringwinding machines with nearly identical
input materials, with the exception of ROTOSOUND which uses their own,
purpose-built winding machines and only high-grade Swedish wire..Rotosound
has had some Q.C. problems in the recent past, but I spoke with Martyn
How, CEO of Rotosound, and he's assured me that these problems have been
corrected. I haven't had a bunk Rotosound string in over 4 years. So
I'm back to playing Rotosounds again!!

Pat H

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