Chromes vs. LaBella Deep Talkin Flats

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by rockamimjazz, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. rockamimjazz


    Sep 10, 2011
    I've been using light guage Chromes for a while and really like the concept of flats. How do the LaBellas differ from Chromes in terms of sound and tension?
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    Chromes are fairly high tension IMO. No experience with LaBellas.

    For a flatwound sound comparison, this video by Mateusz Piotrowski is awesome. (All of his bass videos are great!)
  3. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I thought they had relatively equal tension, maybe the LaBellas had a little less, but not by much. Chromes are more mid-forward and have less treble (once they go dead, that is...Chromes are quite bright out of the box, then get darker the more you play them). LaBellas have less prominent mids and a very loud high treble response even when they go dead. They're thumpy, but with this piercing treble response that's especially noticeable if you use a pick.
  4. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    LaBellas have a little less tension, and they last for YEARS.

    I like the DT 760FM set, .049"-.109"
  5. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dunno about this lighter tension of LaBellas. Light gauge Chromes are lighter in tension than your standard D'Adarrio or Ernie Ball strings.
  6. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    I use a pick on my labella 760 fl's all the time, no piercing treble response from them whatsoever, of course you can always EQ that in if you like that sort of thing.
  7. Ian_Flash


    Jan 17, 2013
    LaBella definitely a bit lower tension, not by much. Main difference is the LB's bigger bottom and clearer upper midrange without overshadowing the fundamental. I highly recommend them. Oh yeah... al LB's I've used last forever! The only reason I change them is because I like the therapeutic value of receiving and installing a fresh set of strings!
  8. Dredmahawkus


    Nov 4, 2012
    Those are the only 2 flats I have tried. I had the labellas on one and changed to chromes....I liked the sound and feel of the labellas more so I put the chromes on my parts I am really digging the sound of my parts bass so I guess they are both good! I was going to put labells back on my PJ but bought some pyramids to try.

    Labellas are so smooth that it makes the chromes feel like rounds after you played the labellas for a while. I really like both of them....they arent too different from each other other then feel and tension....the chromes have a bit more tension. soundwise I would say the labellas are a bit deeper/darker

    listen how good the chromes sound on my parts bass! I am leaving them on for a while!
    I havent been playing that long and just learned this song a couple days ago so I know theres mistakes!