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Comparing flats: TI vs Labella 750N on a Godin A4 fretless

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Davo-London, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. Hi

    I've noted a while back that all Rob Allen's basses are shipped with La Bella 760N black nylon tapewound flats. I've always been a fan of Thomastik Infeld (TI) flats and I prefer lighter gauge strings so I hadn't tried the heavier gauge La Bellas. Well La Bella have released a lighter gauge version (750N) and so I thought it was time to give them a whirl!

    There are 2 mp3s below. See what you think and prefer.

    The recording source was made as follows:

    Godin A4 with retro-fit K&K sound pure pickup -> Summit Audio preamp -> Edirol USB interface -> Mac Book Pro Logic (touch of reverb)

    The levels were identical for both recordings. The TIs are old the La Bellas new!

  2. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    the 2nd one
  3. Carl_D

    Carl_D Guest

    ^ This.

    LaBellas for sure.
  4. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    FWIW, I recently went through the same comparison. Initially I preferred the LaBellas on the Godin, but after a few days I went back to the TI's. To me the TI's felt better and sounded more "organic" on the Godin, but the LaBellas were my favorite in the RA.
  5. What Rob Allen have you got?

    You could have informed me! I would have appreciated the knowledge!

  6. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    I preferred the sound of the first link,but both sounded great!
  7. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    TI are my fav, but also La bella Black Nylon coated flat sound great too.
  8. donn


    Mar 28, 2011
    It would be interesting to hear how the La Bella's age in. I have the impression you're getting a little more meat on the low end with them, and if that held up and they also smoothed out a lot in the higher range, it would all be good.
  9. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    I preferred the sound of the TIs but they both sound great