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D'Addario Chromes Balanced Tension

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by AK2013, Dec 5, 2013.


  1. AK2013

    AK2013

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    Hi everyone!

    I was wondering if anyone knows if D'Addario intends to release the balanced tension set of Chromes.

    I just put a set of EXL170BT roundwounds (45-60-80-107) on my Jazz and I absolutely love them, I always felt that the E string was too floppy and the D string far too stiff in the standard EXL170 set (45-65-80-100), the balanced tension set really solved this problem for me.

    If I ever saw a set of ECB81BT in a store, I would put them on my Precision and my search for my preferred strings would finally be over... :)
     
  2. Linnin

    Linnin

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    I too just put on a set EXL170BT's on my Fender Jazz and join in on the love fest for this stringset. :hyper:

    I have GHS Precision Flats on my Fender Precision, but if D'Addario were to come out with a set of balanced tension Chromes, I would most definitely try a set. :cool:
     
  3. therhodeo

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    You could always order them as singles from Bassstringsonline.com to get what you want.
     
  4. MaHei

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  6. AK2013

    AK2013

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    Thank you guys, I'll check the shipping prices on Bassstringsonline.com, if it isn't too expensive to order just 4 strings from the States and fly them over the pond (I am from Slovenia), I will order my 45-60-80-105 set of Chromes.
     
  7. hotbass57

    hotbass57

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    Chromes have some tension, youi may want to go lighter. I normally play 45-105 rounds. My flats are 40-100. I'd talk to Jason at basstringsonline.
     
  8. MaHei

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    Ordering one set? Naw, hardly worth it.

    Snoop around the website, you might find it's time for some experimenting :smug:
     
  9. AK2013

    AK2013

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    My P is currently wearing the superlight chromes ECB80 (40-60-75-95) because I was worried about the supposed higher tension of the chromes, but I realized that this set is too light for me. If we compare a few gauges of the EXL nickel roundwounds with Chromes, there's not a lot of difference:

    45: EXL 42.8 lbs, Chromes 45.7 lbs

    60: EXL 42.9 lbs, Chromes 45.2 lbs

    80: EXL 42.0 lbs, Chromes 43.7 lbs

    105: EXL 40.3 lbs, Chromes 41.5 lbs

    A really balanced set of Chromes would actually be 45-60-81-108 judging by the D'Addario tension chart.
     
  10. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks Supporting Member

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    The ECB84 set from D'addario comes rather close to equal tension. I'm using 45, 60, 80, 105 Ernie Ball flatwounds on my G&L. They feel, sound and play just like Chromes and I can order them locally as singles. My Ibby is strung with 60, 80, 105 and 130 in BEAD, also EB singles.
     
  11. Dredmahawkus

    Dredmahawkus Supporting Member

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    chromes are balanced stiff stiff stiff and stiff
     
  12. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks Supporting Member

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    That's the way aha aha I like it... :hyper:
     
  13. AK2013

    AK2013

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    The ECB84 set is too heavy in the middle (the same problem that affects also the 45-65-85-105 sets):

    40 G: 37.6 lbs

    60 D: 45.2 lbs

    80 A: 43.7 lbs

    100 E: 38.4 lbs

    I still can't believe how much cheaper things are in USA, from musical instruments to computers and in this case, strings. A 4-string set of Chromes costs €35 in Slovenia, that's $48.
    A set of 4 single Chromes from Bassstringsonline comes $30 + $12 international shipping = $42, still cheaper than buying strings in Ljubljana, that's ridiculous... :)
     
  14. bassist4dalord

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    Here's something of a progressive-tension set

    45 G: 45.7

    60 D: 45.2

    80 A: 43.7

    100 E: 43.2

    For you light-gauge fans (also the only way to get balanced-tension 5-string Chromes):

    40 G: 37.6

    55 D: 36.6

    75 A: 36.4

    95 E: 35.2

    132 B: 35.9

    I think the 5-string set may be on my short list of string sets in the future.
     
  15. temmrich

    temmrich Supporting Member

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    Check the tension on that .100 E again.
    I think a .100 E is 38.4
    a .100 F is 43.2
     

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