Tapes with Purple Silk?

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  1. Silver Blues

    Silver Blues

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    I just came from buying some SR2000s at Long & McQuade and was noodling around with a MIM Jazz strung with some really great feeling tapewounds that had purple silk at both ends. What are these? I thought they might be GHS but then I saw that the GHS tapes have red silk? They're not D'addario (blue) or Roto 88s (gold) for sure, which leaves what, La Bella, Fender, and...?

    I liked them. Really made a super generic and uninteresting bass real cool real fast.

    --Silvie
     
  2. FretlessMainly

    FretlessMainly

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    Sounds like LaBella to me.

    They are a nice string, but I was warned about possible QC issues. Sure enough, I bought a set and the D string had a significant burr in the winding right in the middle of the string.

    Now I use Fender 9120Ms or Roto TruBass 88s for tapes.
     
  3. Silver Blues

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    Oh, that sucks. The ones I played seemed fine though. How was the tone for you?

    --Silvie
     
  4. FretlessMainly

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    Well, they didn't stay on long - I had them on my Warwick Corvette FL. Fast indeed, at least the E, A, and G. Decent low end and mids, but I have to say that I like the Fender 9120s the best. The wraps are almost like rounds as opposed to flats and they give a nice growl to a FL.

    The Roto TruBass 88s are much more smooth and flat-like. Big round low end and some treble snap, but not a whole lot in the mid range.

    I should add that my LaBella tapes experience may not be typical, but the issue did come up beforehand and was subsequently realized by yours truly.
     
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  6. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    La Bella...

    If you ever have an issue with a string contact who you purchased it from and they should take care of it for you.
     
  7. pkstone

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    Yeah, those sound like LaBella tapes. I have them on my Steinberger (my second set, even though they tend to last forever).

    I really love the variety of sounds I get out of them -- they seem so responsive to minor changes in touch. I also love they way they feel under my fingers. No quality issues with either of my sets.
     
  8. bassist4dalord

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    Well, I had a set of GHS Precision Flats with purple silk, so my guess is GHS.
     
  9. Silver Blues

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    That was my train of thought too, but no the GHS have red silk.

    --Silvie
     
  10. danomite64

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    My GHS tapes have red silk.
     

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