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Posted by Andy Seed on May 01, 2001 at 01:38:22:

In Reply to: Sam posted by Supernil strings on April 30, 2001 at 15:12:55:

: Hello all. I played a friend's Kay bass over the weekend that was strung with Labella Supernil strings. I couldn't believe the difference from my Engelhardt's factory strings (perhaps D'Addarios?). I was wondering why Supernil's seem to have such a bad reputation in some circles? As far as rockabilly slapping (pretty much all I do), the Supernil's seem to be a great, inexpensive choice. Any thoughts on this?

Sam, I've never tried Supernils but the settup I use on both my ply bass (for combat zone rockabilly gigs) and my carved bass (for blues gigs - but still slapped) is as follows:-
E & A - Thomastik Dominants (nylonc core , flat steel winding)
D & G - Rotosound Superbs (nylon core , flat nylon winding)
The reason I don't use a complete set of either is that with a Dominant D & G I snap them in no time ( I slap HARD !) and with a Superb E & A, as they're wire wound it's like slapping against sandpaper !!!
But with this combination you get great tone together with durability.
Best place to get Dominants from is Lemur Music and,as I don't know about the availability of Rotosoud strings over there the best place I know of to get Superbs from is Chas Footes in London ( if you want his full address e-mail me).
One final thing DON'T EVEN BOTHER trying Picato's "Rockabilly" set - yeah they're easy to slap but they're also the flatest sounding string I've ever heard (and that's a lot of strings in 20 years slapping).
Keep slapping,

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