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High tension VS low tension

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What is the tone difference between them,  all things being equal.

Lots of different aspects of strings always seem to affect the tone of a string - hex core, round core ( DR sunbeams ) ,  nickel winding , stainless winding,  ad inf.

Is there a general feature that determines high tension ?  EG always have hex core or must have stainless winding etc ?

I wanted to have a smack around on HT strings to see if i get on with them.  My pref. is nickel, so i'd be looking for a set of that nature

So, what tone difference can i expect , if it's possible to say ?

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Would this be of any help? 

www.daddario.com/upload/tension_chart_13934.pdf

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Thanks guys.   Unfortunately,  after 3 days with no posts, i bought some Chromes from PawelG so i hope they're what i'm looking for, which was hight tension flats that were not too dull and thumpy.

I already have set of Roto 77 one of my basses and they were ace but thought i's like to try another make. Chromes are well liked on BC

We'll see how they go

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Chromes are not as high tension as Roto flats. Chromes have a similar tension to XLs in the same gauge but less flex. 

A lot of people perceive flexibility as tension, the less flex, the more tension. That's why flats get a bad rep for high tension - they're not. It's just the way the string is constructed.

Nearly all flats are hexcore. TIs and La Bella Low Tension Flats are roundcore and very low gauges, hence their low tension and high flexability. 

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Long as the Chromes are not too floppy, i can live with them

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I just can't get on with low tension, high flexibility, floppy, call it what you want strings. 

I have Chromes on P bass and like them. You'll need to play them for a while before judging them as they feel quite grippy (correct technical term 😁) for a while. 

I use D'Addario half rounds on my main gigging bass. They give me a fairly high tension with flat-like fundamental but with some decent top end, a very good compromise for what I do. 

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They weren't new strings Maude, so i doubt i'll need to play them for a while.  I guess the running in period has already been sorted

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I could never really understand what all of the fuss is about when Bassists state they cannot play floppy strings or will only use high tension strings. I have numerous Basses that have different types of string tension and I have never had any trouble alternating between a tensioned Roundwound and a so called floppy Flatwound TI. I just don't get it!

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For me it's not so much that I can't play them, more that they don't suit my playing/gigging style. 

I have two acoustics used at home with Fender tapewounds on which are very low tension and no problem but I would have to change my style if I gigged with them.

I'd rather change my strings to suit me rather than change me to suit my strings. :)

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Same  here - it's not that floppy is unplayable, but more that high or higher tension is the preference, so why settle for something you don't want, when the what you do want is available

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For me its not about the tension, its about how the strings sound. If you specifically go off tension then it will limit your choice.

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I think there's enough choice of string in low tension, high tension, flat, round, half round, steel, nickel, tape, long scale, short scale, etc, etc these days that whatever style of string you choose you won't be particularly limited. 

After years I have settled on the type of string I like that suits my style and sound. I now just concentrate on my playing.

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It's a personal thing. We could all gig with a Jazz, but some people will prefer other basses...

 

I really, really like balanced, quite high tension, coupled to bright sound so I'm loving the D'Addarios. Not everyone will though!

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