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Posted by Mickster on May 25, 2001 at 11:50:59:

In Reply to: breaking in strings posted by Elgin130 on May 25, 2001 at 08:45:12:

: About 2 weeks ago I changed my strings on my bass for the first time since I bought it. I loved the orginonal strings but I had no idea what they were. I'm using D'ddadario XL170s and they still sound too matalicy and clinky. Am I still in the breaking in period, or are there other roundwounds with a softer sound?

Elgin, most roundwounds are like that for the first couple of weeks, sometimes
longer. They will mellow with age, but how fast depends on what they're made of;
Stainless steel sounds brighter, but dies more quickly than Nickel(what your strings are made of) which is more stable. The next time you buy strings, I'd recommend D'Addario slowounds; very balanced, and for a roundwound string not overly bright. If you don't like the metallic sound of rounds, you can try flats, but you may not like their "thuddy" type tone. The best thing is to get advise from this forum. Used to be that you had to buy a set of strings to really hear what they sounded like, but, if you didn't like them; too bad! Strings and harmonicas are not returnable. Try turning the treble down a little.

Good Memorial Day everyone,

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