Old rounds rule!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by petermuca, Oct 2, 2013.


  1. petermuca

    petermuca

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    Hi gang. Maybe I am kind of wierd, but I really love the sound and feel of old roundwounds. I have a set of 2 and a half year old DR hibeams on my main bass, I did a tour with them last year and all the practise sessions (a lot)ect... Now we are going to do another tour and I decided to not change them, they sorta are the part of the bass, you know what I mean, maybe I am too sentimental :) I am just wondering if anybody has the same experience. Btw I dont slap and always roll the treble off on the preamp :) ps sorry for my english
     
  2. jamersonburton

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    1) what music do you play?
    2) do YOU like how the sound fits in the context of the music?
     
  3. Precision101

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    I did this once. I kept the fenders on my first bass for about 8 months that it came with. and loved the broken in feel. Whatever's comfortable and sounds good for you is what matters.
     
  4. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    I have a couple or three basses with old rounds - most of them 2-3 years old at least.

    Once they get old enough to lose that annoying "zing" that new rounds have, I'm OK with them.

    I usually like 10-year-old flats best, but there are some basses where the slightly brighter sound of 10-year-old rounds is better to my ear.
     
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  6. petermuca

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    Yes that zing ennoys me too with new strings. I saw a video where ed friedland plays his jazzbass with some 10+ years old rounds, it sounded right to mee.
     
  7. adamsmatthewj

    adamsmatthewj Supporting Member

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    Yeah I HATE new strings. No "zing" for me. This is a BASS not a piano! Lol! Drives me crazy when people want "piano-like" tone from their bass. That works for solo bass artists and superstar bassists/bandleaders but does NOT WORK for us bass players that actually play bass lines in rhythm sections behind a singer/lead instrument.

    That said, i do appreciate having some articulation up high. Not zing or snap, but some articulation. Therefore, I really love old nickel roundwounds. I have flats on one of my basses and really love them, they make a bass a BASS, but they inherently don't have the same clarity on the top end, which is a good thing they're engineered for a different type of sound, but there's a middle ground of "bass" and "articulation" that I've found I can only achieve with broken-in nickel rounds.

    I'm a fan of MTD nickel rounds, they're fantastic, but I've been hearing grey things about Dunlop nickels I might try them for the sake of value they're like half the price of MTDs
     
  8. halfjackson

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    I love old, worn in rounds, especially stainless DR's. Meat without the zing.
     
  9. jay tay

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    I had the same rounds on my p-bass for nearly 15 years... I cried when one snapped, it's had the same set of flats on it since then (3 years).
     
  10. Precision101

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    I love old rounds but I still love zing in my playing so I changed my strings. I love piano tone sound 😎
     
  11. bigsnaketex

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    old rounds are just like new flats........that's why I play flats!
     
  12. Ric5

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    Years ago I bought a used Rickenbacker 2030. It had old rounds on it. It really copped the flatwound type tone.

    I prefer slightly broken in rounds. To get the flat tone I palm mute of thumb pluck.

    I will leave strings on a bass anywhere from a few days to a couple years.
     
  13. Charley Umbria

    Charley Umbria I'm Really a Drummer Supporting Member

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    I've found that GHS Compression Wounds or Ken Smith Compressors give me the "old rounds" sound on my P/J, without the wait. Win!
     
  14. eukatheude

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    I do it sometimes. Old DR's sound great.
     
  15. Mktrat

    Mktrat Wait. What?

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    I bought a used Warwick Corvette 15 years ago with, what I was told, 2 year old rounds. NEVER been changed. Love the growl and smooth treble. Just wish I knew what brand they are. I also have a probably 10 year old set of plain old tan label Dean Markley's on my favorite beater bass. Took them off tried new ones, and back on they went!!

    I hate hate HATE new strings. YMMV etc.
     
  16. zon6c-f

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    Unless I plan to record, I don't buy new rounds.

    All of my round-strung basses..matter of fact..all of my basses together.. 2 strung with flats...have old strings..flats last forever, anyhow.

    Also, I am not gigging. No gigs.. no $$ for new strings.

    If it ain't broke..don't fix it...and I have never broken a bass string..NEVER ..EVER.
     
  17. Mystic Michael

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    Apparently numerous people here are fond of old roundwound strings. I am not one of them. :eyebrow:

    If your old Hi-Beams haven't yet become impossible to intonate, they will. And if they haven't yet begun to generate all kinds of unpredictable harmonics and "wolf tones", hang on for awhile - they will.

    MM
     
  18. billgwx

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    That's exactly why I like GHS Boomers. They lose their zing pretty quickly, so while I wouldn't call them dead at that point they mellow out enough to be very versatile. Dial out the tone and I get a flat-like sound...dial it back in and I can get enough brightness for rock or slapping.
     
  19. rarisgod

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    Interesting, I love the "zing".
    :bag:

    I guess the problem with liking 10-year-old strings is that you have to wait 10 years to get them :p
     
  20. Precision101

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    Not the only one. I love zing too.
     
  21. GK Growl

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    +1

    Not a fan of old roundwounds at all. The beauty of DR rounds for most of us though is that they last a long time.
     

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