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Killer Youtube video comparing flats!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by armybass, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    Got any questions about TI, LaBella, Roto77's, D'Addarios or Fender flats..... this dude just did all of the work for you.... killer video!

  2. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    This was a nice comparison. It would be a great starting point for anyone looking in to flats for the first time, or looking for a different set of flats. Thanks for the post.
  3. Gasman

    Gasman Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    That's a nice video. I haven't played Roto flats, but might have to give them a try after that. I have TI's on a couple of basses and have been happy with them, but have only compared them to D'addario chromes.
  4. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    That's a great vid! Very useful.

    It would be amazing if he could re-do it exactly the same way after the strings have all been played in, as some stay brighter than others and the tonality shifts more than others.
  5. they are all fresh out of the package and his tone makes it difficult to tell the difference.
  6. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    I think they all sound good. I see why people like the Thomastik strings. I like the Thomastik and LaBella tones best.
  7. My brother gave me a set of 77s for Christmas...so far, I like them A LOT. More tension than the old light gauge roundwounds I was playing, but after I set it up I like the tone, the feel...fingers or pick. I'm pleasantly surprised.:)
  8. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
    Great Video...makes me think of all the time I wasted reading about what flats to get here on TB!...

    However...I was surprised that I liked the Pluck and Pick tones of the LaBellas and the ROTOS...

    I would have never considered them based on opinions on TB...great VID!
  9. armybass

    armybass Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2001
    The video confirmed what I already felt about TI's and LaBellas in a positive way and just the opposite for the D'Adarios and Fenders. For me the really cool part was hearing the Roto's. I had never heard them before although I do like and use Swingbass 66's. I loved the 77's. They sounded great, Makes me want a 70's P Bass to slap them on!
  10. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    Aww, no love for GHS Precision Flats. :)

    Seriously though, I'm sure this took a lot of time to do. Frankly, I'm surprised at how similar they sound even when the video is played loud through good headphones...
  11. I could hear a bigger difference between the strings when the player was using a pick. Loved the Rotos in this demo.
    Great Video!
  12. loopee

    loopee Supporting Member

    May 12, 2009
    Surrey, B.C. Canada
    TI's and LaBella's are tops for me though I have Rotos on my Beatle Bass but I do have LaBella's on my Club Bass and Fenders on one of my customs....don't like the Fenders on this video as much as I like them on my bass though but I might give in and get TI's next and I did have GHS's on my Warwick and loved them on that bass but not on the other basses I tried them on.....would have liked to hear GHS and Pyramids in that video too.
  13. .
    The Rotos impressed me too!
  14. Ron G

    Ron G

    Mar 16, 2009
    Portsmouth, VA
    check this one out:

  15. jamersonburton


    Jul 22, 2011
    im really surprised by those rotos, now i know what people mean when they say that fresh roto FLATS sound like ROUNDS.... now im thinking of trying them out once my current strings die.
  16. Tankdave


    Dec 2, 2009
    Wilts, UK
    What is the point of using flats that sound like rounds, save your money and just stick with rounds?
  17. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    If you're talking about TIs, they have their own thing going in, similar in some ways to flats and in others to rounds. The attack is still closer to flats, with some if the brightness of rounds during the sounding of the note.

    One other benefit is the consistency, unlike the constantly shifting tone of rounds.
  18. spellcaster


    Mar 20, 2007
    Great video... I'd like to hear how the Sadowsky flats fit into this lineup.
  19. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    String noise, fret wear, and finger feel.
  20. TexasTodd


    Jan 10, 2013
    great vids, very helpful
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