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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-05-10 01:38 AM
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Damn, the weak dollar is KILLING bass players!
I just ordered a set of (double) bass strings.

The ones I want and have been using for years are made in Germany. They've always been perfectly crafted, and I can't afford to try and experiment with cheaper strings from a different company.

Used to be, a set would cost $100 with shipping.

The last bought strings in October, for $140.

Total cost this time: 235 bucks.

Maybe I'll just start showing up to the gig with a rope tied to a broomstick and a washtub.

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ProfessorGAC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-09-10 08:43 PM
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1. Yikes!
$235 for one set? Bummer. I thought electric bass strings had gone up. (Although i have to buy 5 string sets.) I just started recording again, and needed new strings for the bass. Got a little sticker shock too, but not the kind you experienced.

I sure hope they're worth it.
GAC
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-16-10 01:15 AM
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3. I've been using Ernie Ball sets on my 5 string.
They're the gauge I want, and they always have a certain level of consistency. Plus, they're almost always in stock at Guitar Center.

That used to be a big problem.

Used to be, I'd get to like a certain brand and not be able to find them locally.

That wouldn't be a problem if I could lay out the cash to mail order several sets at a time.
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east texas lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-11-10 10:04 PM
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2. I just chintz out and use Rotosounds. 20 bucks at Guitar Center...
Edited on Mon Jan-11-10 10:08 PM by east texas lib
But I have heard good things about Elixirs. I think they go for 60 to 80 bucks a set. Of course I'm talking four string electric sets. I've no idea what a decent set for a stand up acoustic rig would run.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-16-10 01:18 AM
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4. I used to use Rotosounds because, as you noted, they were cheap and usually available.
They sounded and felt pretty good, but they had a tendency to break on me in the middle of a set somewhere.

Never tried Elixers.
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east texas lib Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-16-10 10:46 PM
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5. Elixirs are supposed to last a long time due to a coating that resists sweat and oil...
Hence their cost. However, if you play with a heavy vibrato, slap and pop real hard or simply have bridge saddles that are not round, (like a Badass, for example) I don't see how a clear polymer coating would help there.
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KatyMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-09-10 01:13 PM
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6. Not a bass player, but a guitarist
And just switched to Elixirs for my acoustic and really really love them. They've lasted me a couple of months so far (not a performer, but play every day) and still sound good, I'll definately use them again.
Again, a guitarist and only wannabe bass player... :)
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