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TI Jazz Flats vs La Bella tape wounds

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by LSMFT6, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. LSMFT6

    LSMFT6 Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    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 Commercial User

    Jul 28, 2006
    LA California
    Owner: BassStringsOnline.com
    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

    Isotonic Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Round Rock TX
    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

    Aug 16, 2006
    What about tone-wise?
  5. Isotonic

    Isotonic Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Round Rock TX
    Tone wise?

    Labella tapes: Dark, chewy and funky.
    TI Flats: Singing upper mids. Bouncy bottom. Like a round with the highs rolled off.
  6. LSMFT6

    LSMFT6 Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    Thanks, good info. My second question was in response to slapinfunk, didn't see your reply until now.
  7. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    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).
  8. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    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.
  9. CM63


    Feb 9, 2013
    Walnut Creek, Ca
    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!