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Broken-in Chromes sound?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by KingRazor, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. KingRazor

    KingRazor

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    I've heard recordings of basses with chromes on youtube videos and such but it's almost always new or almost new chromes. People say they mellow out after a while, so does anyone have a recording of chromes after they've been on a bass long enough to be past the "break-in" period?
  2. shawshank72

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    Not very good recordings but this was a band i was in years ago.
    Nightmare, Lil Heavy, and Queen of the Damned were recorded with p bass, pick, and old chromes.
    Just straight from the bass into recording console.
    Listen with headphones if you got them.
    I hate new chromes also, but i bought these of a fellow tber years ago. Wish i still had them.
    www.reverbnation.com/deadairgroup
  3. MICKUSS

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  4. hotbass57

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    I have 3 yr+ old chromes on my Hofner and 2yr+ old chromes on my jazz. They sound great stiil some highs but very mellow. Love Em'
  5. MaHei

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    This jam was recorded on well worn Chromes, maybe five years old.

    https://soundcloud.com/markonbass/jaeclectic-fortunate

    You can hear that the highs have mellowed but the mids are still there - and no traditional thump. Bass is a Hanewinckel with Barts; so a modern setup with grubby old strings :D
  6. MaHei

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    One thing I have to say after listening to the soundbites provided here (nice playing guys/gals!) is how well the bass sits in the mix. Many other factors involved, of course, but I believe broken in Chromes are good at remaining in bass territory while still being heard.
  7. christle

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    I like how that sounds. I enjoyed your playing as well.
  8. lopesraphael

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    Nice groove!
  9. webmonster

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    Sorry I have no recording, but I've just replaced the 7 or 8 year old Chromes on my 4001.
    It was the feel of them that made me think about replacing them rather than the sound.

    I wouldn't have described the old set as sounding 'thumpy' although the new set has slightly better sustain.

    The new set is certainly more zingy (funny to be using that term with flats). Also I'm getting a bit of fret buzz and the only other thing I've changed is the intonation at the bridge.

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