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D'Addario EXL230 & EPS230. Silk colors?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Root 5, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001

    Can someone tell me what silk color the nickel plated 55-110 (EXL230) and Stainless 55-110 (EPS230) strings are?

    Thank you!
  2. BassBob1


    Dec 21, 2010
    The only d'addario strings with silk (if i'm not mistaken) are the Chromes which are blue.
  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Correct. No silks on those strings.
  4. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    No Silk...

    YEARS ago silk, no more...
  5. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    Thanks for the answers! Does anyone know why they'd quash the silk? I mean...doesn't it help them promote their product? I know many flatwound freaks (me included) can identify strings just by the silk.

    I know DR goes nekkid too.

    It's kind of like Nissan not wanting to put the "Nissan" emblem on their new cars.
  6. BoomingBass


    Apr 11, 2010
    I prefer the strings without silk. They get unwound, which gets in the way when switching strings (I do that).
  7. Root 5

    Root 5

    Nov 25, 2001
    Yes the silk can get 'fuzzy' if you leave strings on for a while.
  8. ddawson2012


    Aug 30, 2011
    Farmingdale, NY
    D'Addario Marketing Specialist; Don Dawson
    The biggest reason at the time was to hold down costs. With the advent of Hex Cores for strings, there technically isn't a reason for the silking. It used to be the primary means by which you held the outer wraps in place. The silking is soaked in a glue like material which would bind it to the string. We still use silk with our Upright Bass strings long with our other violin family products.

    We basically avoided a price increase at the time by removing the silk.

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