Originally Posted by Stan_da_man
Had a really good search through the forum but can't find a definite answer.
I've got some Roto nickels on my bass at the minute but am looking for an alternative. I'm after a string with a bit more tension and slightly smoother feel. If it keeps it's tone longer too then that would be a bonus.
If you are looking for slightly MORE tension than Rotos, I think most of the strings suggested are going backwards. Even low riders, I have often seen it said that even though they are hex core and higher tension than DR's other round core strings; they are not as high of tension as one might think. I'd say at most, they will be similar in tension to Rotos. Most Dean Markely strings are made with a lower percentage of core material VS. outer wrap, specifically for more flexibility. They will feel lower tension, even if tension and flexibility are not related. Foderas are roundcore.
If you want a bit more tension AND a smoother feel, I would suggest GHS progressives. They feel about 1/2 to a full gauge more tense than they actually are (I.E. a .100 E feels like a typical .102 or .105) and they are the third smoothest feeling string I have used.
a more boring suggestion would be Daddario XLs. They probably aren't higher tension than Rotos, but definitely aren't any less. and aside from Elixirs, they are the second smoothest string I have used.