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Senior Member
Username: flaxattack

Post Number: 2260
Registered: 4-2004
Posted on Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 11:59 pm:   Edit Post

anyone try or use the rs77ld?
Senior Member
Username: adriaan

Post Number: 2175
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 - 3:19 am:   Edit Post

I put a set of Rotosound flatwounds on my fretless Epic a couple of months ago, and to me they were horrible. Stiff, unfocused, clanky.

You really couldn't get a greater contrast to TI Jazz Flats.
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2191
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 - 4:57 am:   Edit Post

Jeff. I put a set on my kelly dragonfly and they felt like cheesewire and sounded like cr*p so they came off after a day. The only rotosounds I've ever really got on with were their halfround piano strung sets but that was before we started seeing US company's products over here. I have la Bella deep talkin strings on the dragonfly now. DR coloured strings on the Alembics.

Senior Member
Username: white_cloud

Post Number: 652
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 - 5:51 am:   Edit Post

Im sorry but I just dont get the flatwound thing at all - I really seriously dislike them on any of my basses.

Just my tuppence worth.

Senior Member
Username: terryc

Post Number: 788
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 - 7:57 am:   Edit Post

Yes I once tried these..not very nice, they were like control cables with the outer sheath removed.
Maybe flats are fine for acoustic basses but not for electric basses.
But then again it is horses for courses and some may love 'em.
Senior Member
Username: olieoliver

Post Number: 2280
Registered: 2-2006
Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 - 8:06 am:   Edit Post

There was a time that I didn't like the flat-wound sound at all but have come to appreciate it for certain styles of music. I do use them on my Fretless (TI flats) but mainly to save wear and tear on the fret board.

Senior Member
Username: hieronymous

Post Number: 582
Registered: 1-2005
Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 - 8:11 am:   Edit Post

I used Rotosound flats once on my Gibson EB-2 (so keep in mind that it's short scale) - like others are reporting, they were incredibly high tension. I much prefer LaBella flats on my short scales. Chromes are OK too - I put those on my Telembic - they are kind of inbetween high tension strings and the really low tension TI's...
Intermediate Member
Username: lmiwa

Post Number: 171
Registered: 2-2008
Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 - 10:07 am:   Edit Post

I'm a big believer in finding exactly the right strings for a particular bass. I have different basses because each has its own sound and strings are a big part of that. I have a BIG box of different kinds of strings. Whenever I get a new instrument, I put each of them on and see how they sound. I have 10 different basses and I'm using 8 different types of strings!

I have Fender Flats on my maple neck '75 P-Bass and TI Jazz Flats on my '59 P-Bass. They are each exactly what I am looking for on that particular bass. I've tried both sets on other basses and don't like them anywhere else.

I have a set of the RotoSound 77 flats in my box of strings, but have not yet found a bass that agrees with them. I have also not yet found a home for the D'Addario Chromes or the GHS Precision Flats.

(Message edited by lmiwa on April 20, 2009)
Senior Member
Username: 2400wattman

Post Number: 698
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 - 1:53 pm:   Edit Post

I recently strung up my jazz with Roto's .45-1.05 flats and while I don't mind the feel (I actually like the slight catch they have, like roundwounds) the output of the bass dropped dramatically. DR's .45-1.05 flats are great! The lowest tension flat I've tried yet out of three brands and after reading all this contempt for the Roto's I'm glad it's not just me. I'm going back to the DR's myself.
Intermediate Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 125
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Monday, April 20, 2009 - 2:16 pm:   Edit Post

I am another one who thinks that certain instruments do better with certain types of strings. For instance, I put LaBella black nylon strings on a fretless bass, and I could not play the E string without rattles. But when I put on nickel flats, the problem went away; I think it was due to higher tension. BTW, it was not that the neck bowed more with higher-tension strings, it is a graphite neck that requires no adjustment.

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