TI knockoffs by La Bella

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TI knockoffs by La Bella

Postby TomA » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:13 pm

La Bella's making round core flats with nearly the identical gauge of Thomastiks. How about that? Based on a lengthy thread "over there" they don't sound anything like TI's. I like La Bella strings but, for flats, I'm sticking with TI's.

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Re: TI knockoffs by La Bella

Postby hmagman » Tue Aug 26, 2014 3:26 pm

Thanks for the info Tom...

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Re: TI knockoffs by La Bella

Postby ghiadub » Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:00 pm

Interesting. I wonder if they sound anything like regular labellas? I dig them on my longhorn. Love their black tape flats as well.
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Re: TI knockoffs by La Bella

Postby Golem » Wed Aug 27, 2014 1:57 pm


OK soze we got a low tension/light gauge option for "regular" SS flats.
No need for them to compete with TIJF. The thing that sets TIs apart
tonewise is not the gauge, it's the textile interlayer material.

I won't be russian out to try a set, as I already bought a set of LaBella
"White Nylon" flats that I don't have a test mule for. When I bought it
I had assumed that one or more of my basses would beg to be restrung
with that set. But when I checked out all the candidates [dozens!] all
the basses sounded and played great and I didn't wanna disturb any of
that goodness. And acoarst I already have way too many basses to just
go out and buy another for these strings ... I just keep telling me that
over and over and over again ;-)

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Re: TI knockoffs by La Bella

Postby Freddels » Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:47 pm

The TI Flats are nickel and the LaBella's are steel. So, they're going to sound a bit different.
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Re: TI knockoffs by La Bella

Postby Passinwind » Tue Aug 25, 2015 3:42 pm

And a new player in this arena is the Ernie Ball cobalt flat set in 40-95 (EB Extra Slinky Flat). Didn't require any setup rework when replacing Jazz Flats on my bass. Honeymoon phase, but so far I really dig these things. They are bright, half/roundwound bright or brighter. Very punchy, low tension in this gauge set at least, pretty smooth feeling, and not terribly expensive. Could end up being my default choice for fretless depending on how they break in and how long they last. I've had Jazz Flats on this particular bass forever, as it was built specifically to use them. Always sounded great, but a little more polite than I really am. The EBs get rowdy on demand, but I can seemingly dial them back to JF land pretty easily as well.
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Re: TI knockoffs by La Bella

Postby aussiemark » Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:30 pm

The extra light D'Addario Chromes set is very similar in tension to TI JFs as well.
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