TI Jazz Flats vs La Bella tape wounds

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  1. LSMFT6

    LSMFT6 Supporting Member

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    Anyone have experience with both? I exclusively used the Thomastik-Infeld flats for years and still love the sound and feel, but I switched to LoRiders with a new PJ-bass and now I've been made aware of the La Bella tape wounds. Anyone tried the white nylons ones, too?
  2. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Where in California are you? You can come play them here if you would like.

    If you get the 50-105 Tapewounds you will find they are a little less flexible than the T-I's. The White Nylon are softer and smoother to the touch.
  3. Isotonic

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    The tapes are darker sounding and have more tension than the TI's. I have both and I like them both. The TI's have a more broad band midrange presence as well.
  4. LSMFT6

    LSMFT6 Supporting Member

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    What about tone-wise?
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  6. Isotonic

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    Tone wise?

    Labella tapes: Dark, chewy and funky.
    TI Flats: Singing upper mids. Bouncy bottom. Like a round with the highs rolled off.
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    Thanks, good info. My second question was in response to slapinfunk, didn't see your reply until now.
  8. bherman

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    I've used both also. FWIW, I didn't care much for the TI's - way to low tension for me. I have used both versions of the LaBella Tapes, now using the white ones on a G&L fretless (medium gauge, not the standard/light gauge).

    Whites are a little brighter than the black tapes. Very nice playing strings.

    I use pyramid flats on my primary bass (a P), and the tapes on fretless. I like them both - the flats are a bit more one-dimensional. What they do, they do really well (think Motown).
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    My Godin piezo basses really like the Labella Black tapes. A Boulder Creek ABG that i own likes TIJF's . My Rumblefish PJ has TIJF's on it, 5 string Guild Fretless J TIJF's

    I let the bass make the decision... Both string sets have very rich mid complexity. I think fretless is where both sets shine.
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    I loved the low tension of TIs, I kept putting my Daddario black tapes back on, then back and forth and realzed that tapewounds are what I hear in my head so now they are on permanantly (unless I get an itch for the Labellas, which I kinda do now that you mention it).
    The TI's to my ear have more top end (obviously) and really nice e string growl to my ears.
    But I just love that think bottom, and mellow, singing (not piano-bright) top I get from tapes.
    Go with Bass strings online, and try them out!

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