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Did rotosound ever change from round to hex core?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by uOpt, Feb 4, 2014.


  1. uOpt

    uOpt Supporting Member

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    Rotosounds have been around from since before hex cores were in use, no?

    Did they switch at some point, from round to hex?
     
  2. pfox14

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    Rotosound Solo Bass 55 are steel roundwound with a hex core, which they started making in 1977.
     
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Roto's have been hex core as long as I can remember!
     
  4. f.c.geil

    f.c.geil I'm your huckleberry... Supporting Member

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    I've always heard it was an oval core (at least, the 55s are), round core (66s), or hex core (77s).
     
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  6. uOpt

    uOpt Supporting Member

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    The 66s are supposed to still be round core?
     
  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Roto 66's are definitely hex core. Don't think they were ever round core.
     
  8. Jaco Taco

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    Call me crazy, but they did something different with the 66's by the 90s, they just didn't sound the same as to how they used to sound.
     
  9. John Wentzien

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    They must have been round-core in the 60's...I remember cutting one and it un-wound on me..Not now though!
    Been using them for
    40 years now!
     
  10. Martin Beer

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    Oval core? Surely those would vibrate in an eccentric way and produce all sorts of inharmonic weirdness, as the string would be asymmetrical. The outer wrap on compressed strings like the 55s takes on an oval shape, but I'm sure the cores are standard round or hex wire.
     
  11. f.c.geil

    f.c.geil I'm your huckleberry... Supporting Member

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    Sorry, that post was tongue in cheek. I forget that you can't hear verbal tones on the printed word. All RotoSound strings are built on a hex core currently. I don't know when that changed, as I seem to recall having had a set of 66s that were built on a round core.
     
  12. Martin Beer

    Martin Beer

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    Oops! I didn't pick up on that. In fairness, there are few things that somebody won't assert on Talkbass, so it can be hard to spot irony!
     
  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Well to be fair..it WAS the 60's. Lots of strangeness was happening :)
     

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