What is the most expensive string you've ever bought?

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    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    To the best of my recollection, the most expensive string I've ever bought was a Sadowsky 5 string set of blue label flats. About $140 for a 5 string flat set. I think.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2024
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  2. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    I tested several sets of strings on a six string.

    The Optima Gold roundwounds were more than a hundred bucks.
    TI Flats were on sale and around 85, I think.
    Pyramid made me a special set for a Multiscale 6 string which was around 95.
  3. Geogio


    Jan 15, 2013
    Labella flats on all my 4's
    The 6 took Chromes half rounds

    I've used EB and Fender flats in the past. Back in the early '70s I had a set of tape rounds on a Vox cougar and I used Roto sounds for "swingbass" I don't recall them being called 66 just swingbass but I wasn't really paying attention. There were two reasons I was using Roto sounds back then, one was Entwistle used them, the other being that one of the employees at the music store I frequented would always slip in an extra pack, he did it so often that the store probably had a promotional going but he made it look like he was doing a solid. I certainly aporeciated the 2fer, those strings were $15 a set back in 72! Which figuring in the cost of money was a substantial outlay $15 in 1972 = $111.95 in 2024. They might have been $12... the fog of time and all that....
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  4. Back in December 2018 I bought a set of TI Jazz Flats for $61.96. Loved that set of strings, and I would like to buy another set someday.
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    4-string sets:
    i thought TI jazz rounds were pretty pricey, but dogal-hellborg stranded core sets are almost $80 USD, so they'd be the most expensive 4-string set i've purchased.

    Dogal JH171 Hellborg Stranded Core Bass Strings 35-102, 34 Scale

    i bought them just to try them out after reading about them on a TB thread. i like the set for several reasons, but among them is the compliant/bendy nature of them, and the very 'clear' sound.
  7. Eli_Kyiv


    Apr 7, 2020
    Kyiv, Ukraine
    Rotosound Swing 66 Double Ball End RDB66LD
  8. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Yeah, if you asked this question on the DB side, EB string prices wouldn't seem too bad. :)
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  9. Yeah, TI flats for $83.95?


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  10. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    May 24, 2006
    For electric 4-string ($150)

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  11. LetItGrowTone

    LetItGrowTone Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2019
    Dogal Hellborg Flats
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  12. lowfreqgeek

    lowfreqgeek Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    Tijeras, NM
    Definitely the most expensive I've ever bought, though I may have paid closer to $250, but I don't recall for sure.
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  13. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    For electric, a five-string set of Dogal Hellborg rounds.

    That said, electric bass strings seem reasonably priced in comparison to double bass strings.
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  14. J-Bass RMR

    J-Bass RMR Supporting Member

    they were only $115 back in '99 :roflmao:

    Otherwise $64.00 for TI Flats for electric.
    Dunlop Flats are coming in a close 2nd - especially recently.
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  15. Chris Chong

    Chris Chong

    Feb 24, 2023
    that's the most expensive strings I bought too.
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  16. r_bnks

    r_bnks Supporting Member

    Nothing special. Just $20 buck for Rotos. That's all I need.

  17. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    For bass guitar it’s TI. But I’ve paid double for a set of violin strings.
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  18. rmayer

    rmayer Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Boynton Beach, FL
    Love those Sadowskys. $90 for a 4 string set. Glad I don't play a double bass. :D
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  19. WG Plum

    WG Plum

    Apr 9, 2021
    Strings for my upright, most expensive overall, TI flats most expensive electric strings.
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  20. I paid $75 for mine back n da day from the Keene Musical String Co. ...


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