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Comparing flats: TI vs Labella 750N on a Godin A4 fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Davo-London, Jan 12, 2014.


  1. Davo-London

    Davo-London

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    London, England
    Hi

    I've noted a while back that all Rob Allen's basses are shipped with La Bella 760N black nylon tapewound flats. I've always been a fan of Thomastik Infeld (TI) flats and I prefer lighter gauge strings so I hadn't tried the heavier gauge La Bellas. Well La Bella have released a lighter gauge version (750N) and so I thought it was time to give them a whirl!

    There are 2 mp3s below. See what you think and prefer.

    The recording source was made as follows:

    Godin A4 with retro-fit K&K sound pure pickup -> Summit Audio preamp -> Edirol USB interface -> Mac Book Pro Logic (touch of reverb)

    The levels were identical for both recordings. The TIs are old the La Bellas new!

    Davo
     
  2. bluesblaster

    bluesblaster

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  3. Carl_D

    Carl_D Guest

    ^ This.

    LaBellas for sure.
     
  4. Turnaround

    Turnaround

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    FWIW, I recently went through the same comparison. Initially I preferred the LaBellas on the Godin, but after a few days I went back to the TI's. To me the TI's felt better and sounded more "organic" on the Godin, but the LaBellas were my favorite in the RA.
     
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  6. Davo-London

    Davo-London

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    What Rob Allen have you got?

    You could have informed me! I would have appreciated the knowledge!

    Regards
    Davo
     
  7. woodyng

    woodyng

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    I preferred the sound of the first link,but both sounded great!
     
  8. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

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    :cool:

    TI are my fav, but also La bella Black Nylon coated flat sound great too.
     
  9. donn

    donn

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    It would be interesting to hear how the La Bella's age in. I have the impression you're getting a little more meat on the low end with them, and if that held up and they also smoothed out a lot in the higher range, it would all be good.
     
  10. Duckwater

    Duckwater

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    I preferred the sound of the TIs but they both sound great
     

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