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String re-use question

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An odd question..

 

If you use a set of strings for a couple of months, take them off the bass to work on the bass, then put them back on, would you expect them to suffer a bit more in the re-stringing process and sound older more quickly?

I notice that sometimes when I do that the little dents in the strings from being fretted can end up on top, so each string gets more dents.

 

I recently did this and (although I might be imagining it), the strings seem to be far deader than they were just before taking them off and putting them on again.

Or is it just my ears?

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Have you twisted them putting on maybe, quite easy to do if the tuner end is already all coiled up. Sometimes a twist in the string will made it sound dead. The flat fret spots being on top would point to this being the case. 

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I have learned from experience that once I've taken a set of strings of a bass (or guitar) they are only ever any use for emergencies when I've broken a string and haven't got a replacement.

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If they've been in use for a good long while they never sound the same to me removed and when later put back under tension.

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