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Smooth steel strings?

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After 3 years devotion to nickels, I've decided I prefer the sound of steels. Trouble is they don't have the same feel. Any advice on steels that feel like nickel?

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I'm sure you'll adjust soon enough, and with play they'll smooth out a bit anyway!

I play flats, halves, nickels, and steels, and each has it's own characteristics. Once your fingers know what to expect they all feel normal.

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D`addario Pro Steels, def the most comfortable steel rounds I`ve played.

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[quote name='Lozz196' timestamp='1497525303' post='3318842']
D`addario Pro Steels, def the most comfortable steel rounds I`ve played.
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Same here and RCocco are the most abrasive I've played.

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Another vote for Prosteels. Not that different in feel to D'Addario Nickels. I use both. The Nickels are better on Fretless but also play nicely on Warwicks and Stingrays. Of course the nickels are smoother but the Prosteels will not cut up your hands. I've used so many diff brands and makes of steels I've lost count. Prosteels are the winner and not expensive. And if you're a 5 string player you will not be let down, killer B.

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Yah Fat Beams were also very good though. I liked them a lot, but man they are so expensive. I'd still chose Prosteels over them especially for the B.

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[quote name='The59Sound' timestamp='1497783277' post='3320512']
I buy Fatbeams for £17 a set?
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Are you importing from USA?

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[quote name='rhythmbug' timestamp='1497807402' post='3320649']


Are you importing from USA?
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Yes and there are no custom charges.

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I take the point one will adjust to different strings, but due to misordering single strings I once ended up mixing stainless G &D strings with nickel A& E. Not as stupid as it sounds, perhaps. Big differences in sound quality on same notes across the strings, but there was a big difference in feel too. I'll start with Pro Steels I think.

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Rotosound Swing Bass RS6665LD

After playing flats and half wounds for years, by far the happiest I've been with strings in years.
Bright highs but not too, Deep lows but not too, etc...

Can't say there's any objective comparisson between other steels, but I really enjoy the smooth feel and big and clear sound.

Edited by astar

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Ebay!

I can't believe I'm the only one doing this. I've been ordering DR strings from the States for around 5 years now and it's a no brainer at the prices they are. Rip off Britain adding an extra £10-£15 on top.

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