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Posted by ROB on March 05, 2001 at 22:15:59:

In Reply to: Re: Bass Strings posted by Pat Harrington on March 05, 2001 at 17:14:34:

: >>>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!!

: Cheers,

: Pat H

I use D'Addario XL's, I have tried the Prisms and actually love them, there light and bright, so light my bass was in need of adjustments, etc. So I have stuck w/ the XL's, but lately I have been thinking about the ol rotosound round wound, 45-105 swing 66, I used these for years and your right Pat they are a very solid string, very good tone, and at an awesome price.

"""just a note, has anyone ever strung their bass with different strings, such as I have been thinking about stringing my '70's 4 string ibanez roadster with a low B.. any comments? Suggestions? Experience with this??

Peace and chicken grease



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