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TI Jazz Rounds question.

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Marty Forrer, Dec 31, 2002.

  1. Anyone here use them?. I'm a believer in TI flats, and I see a few good reports on the rounds over at the Dudepit, so I might give them a try. Just wondered if any TBers are using them, and what you think of them? As far as the flats go, I think they're the best strings I've ever used in 20 years of playing.
  2. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    IMHO, of course.

    I never thought something would edge out Jazz Flats as my favorite string, but Jazz Rounds have done just that. I still love Jazz Flats, and have them on a bass, but the Jazz Round gets the nod on my two main basses.

    They have the same even tension that TIs are known for, and have a little more bite to them than the Flats. The sit really well in the mix, too.

    Here's a thread I posted recently with a recording of the Jazz Rounds in action:

  3. Cool, thanks man.
  4. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Nice song - and a very attactive bass tone. Out of interest, how long had the Jazz Rounds been on there when you recorded? Are we listening to a crisp new set or ones that you've been 'wearing in' for six months of heavy playing?

  5. j.s.basuki

    j.s.basuki Supporting Member

    May 14, 2000

    I am truly happy with the flats but the round is really bad.
    I bought a set in Australia [ EADG ] the A string turned out to be very weak, the shop sent me a new A strings , but the result is still the same.
    I sent them all back , but up to date I have not received any replacement. The importer found out that the whole shipment of A strings were bad !.

    I found that DR and Labella are good.
  6. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I'm sorry you had a problem with the distributor (I've heard other stories about the Austrailian distributor, too, unfortunately).

    In the US, we are lucking enough to have Thomguy who has always been stellar about replacing dead strings.

    For what it's worth, I've got Jazz Rounds on three basses, and have bought about 10 sets over the years, and I've never had a dead string.

    Oh, and Wulf, those are actually fairly new strings on the recording. I think they were only about a week old at the time. I'll do a small mp3 of the set on my 8 string fretless (I have them paired with a set of piccolo strings) soon to show you what a set sounds like after a couple of months. Not a whole lot different--just a bit warmer.
  7. Marty,

    TI flats on the Yammy fretless: stunning....

    TI jazz rounds on the Bass Collection. Fabulous strings but I dont think the lighter gauge is best suited to the smaller body mass: G especially is thin. Stock Yammy strings now back on the Bass Collection.

    Am looking to get Yammy BBG5S and will definitly get a set of TI rounds to put on it.

    TI = Best bass strings ever made.

    :D :D :D :D

  8. I just bought a set of TI jazz rounds. Can't wait to try them on stage. I've tried many brands and fell in love with the TI jazz flats but always wanted to try the rounds.

    Had the powerbass strings on my five string and would never want to switch to another string.

    Thanks for all the string advice on this forum which led me to Thomastics.
  9. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    low tension sounds like they'd be great on a fretless.

    maybe i'll have to break away from my DR loyalty for a set :)
  10. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I've got Jazz Rounds on my US Curbow 6 string fretless. They sound amazing. Good mwah, too.
  11. KB

    KB Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    I just put a set on my Fender Marcus Miller jazz (w/U-retro) and they sound really good (the best strings I have tried on it yet). nice flexibility, yet can still be slapped if desired.

  12. KB, you seem to be the specialist on DR sunbeams here. Could you describe the difference between the DR's and the TI's (Jazz and PowerBass if you have tried both). I'm in line for a set of Sunbeams but want to try out TI's as well. From describtions it sounds like the Jazz set will give me the sound I like, but I'm affraid the tension would be to loose for me. How do they hold up if you really dig in?

  13. KB

    KB Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    The sunbeams, powerbass, and jazz rounds are all fairly different strings. I used to use sunbeams a lot. They are fairly flexible and have a nice bright, yet warm, tone, however they lacked a little of the low end that I like as well.

    The powerbass are thicker and tighter (hex core) and have a monsterous sound. They work very well with my G&L L2000. However, they didn't sound quite right on my Macus jazz. They lacked the jazz growl.

    The TI Jazz rounds are the most flexible of the 3, yet they seem to produce nice defined sound. I think they slap just fine and are still able to take some nice "digging in" , though not as much as the powerbass or sunbeams. The sound from the jazz rounds is very true jazz growl. nice warmth, yet some good high end as well. i was concerned about flexibility as well, but once I tried them, I discovered they aren't as flexible and rubber band-like as I would think.

    I am now a complete TI string user (powerbass and Jazz round). While the DR sunbeams are good, as are the DR fatbeams, the TI strings just blow them both away IMHO. I would pair the jazz rounds with a nice jazz bass and the powerbass with something hot and active.

  14. Thanks alot KB! Now I just have to choose which ones to try out first.
  15. I really like the way the jazz rounds sound on stage after using the jass flats for about 6 months. The bass is a P-J combination. At home solo, I like the sound of the flats better though. The rounds are the 36" version and have plenty of tension strung through the body. The flats were 34".

    I put the jazz flats on a fender jazz with two EMG jazz pickups. I think the rounds would probably sound better for this bass. But, my son plays this bass mostly and it will cut down on his finger noise some, plus his tone on stage may have more lows since he goes directly to the house mix with no preamp contols for his youth band. (He just turns all the volume and tone controls all the way up and plays.)

    Probably the best combination would be the jazz rounds with the fender jazz and the flats with the p-j bass. But will keep it this way for now.
  16. Tbass66


    Mar 15, 2002
    I been using the TI flats on my warwick and some of my rics..i was wondering can you get much low end out of the TI jazz rounds? how do they compare with the TI flats low end wise? i know much depends on the bass but thought i'd ask anyway...thanks
  17. oddentity

    oddentity Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2000
    You don't get the "thump" of Flats, but the Rounds give a ton of low end.

    I have Rounds on my MIM Jazz and Flats on my P, and those combinations are perfect, imo. (One of these days I will try Powerbass on my P, just for kicks.)