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    Put some EB Cobalt Flats on my Cutlass last night

    Put the EB Cobalt flats on my Cutlass last night. I am blown away. These are exactly what I wanted in comparison to my favorite roundwounds the Pink (2834) Slinky's. Perfect amount of tension and flexibility without feeling like the noodley LaBella LTFs I tried previously. Feel nice and smooth, less string noise and a great smooth balanced tone. I did not find them any "stickier" than any other new set of flats.

    They did seem to stretch and settle a little bit more than other strings. And I mean a tiny bit more. Heard a little clangy type sound when tightening up the D string. But after letting them settle over night they have found their permanent home on my Cutlass. Such good strings, wow!

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    welcome to nirvhana !
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    Kudos to Brian Ball for Cobalts!

    I told him a while back, "You changed my string life."

    Then I said: "Yes, yes, I have a string life."

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    Orderd 3 more sets today after spending some more time with them. That will cover all of my basses, consider me holistically converted to the cobalt flats. They're so good.

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    How is the tone difference between your pinks and the flats? Have been considering doing this to cut down on some string noise but I dont want to kill the growl.
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    Just ordered a set of Cobalt Flats, 105-50 regulars. They are not destined for either of my StingRays so I’ll just shut up
    But.... the bass they are destined for I’m pretty sure they will compliment it well
    (Coated Steels on both the StingRay’s btw. Bit of a contrast but that’s what I’m hoping for)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxKlein40 View Post
    How is the tone difference between your pinks and the flats? Have been considering doing this to cut down on some string noise but I dont want to kill the growl.
    They sound like pinks with less string noise to me. More than I could have asked for. Super happy, give them a try!

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulbass View Post
    Super happy, give them a try!
    Definitely will, my Ray has always had some fret buzz when I put the action where I like it so I've always kept it with high action. Do the flats help cut down on fret buzz at all? I'm going to slap some on my Ray and if it still has enough punch and growl I'll probably keep it flat since they feel sooooo good even if it doesn't reduce fret buzz.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxKlein40 View Post
    Definitely will, my Ray has always had some fret buzz when I put the action where I like it so I've always kept it with high action. Do the flats help cut down on fret buzz at all? I'm going to slap some on my Ray and if it still has enough punch and growl I'll probably keep it flat since they feel sooooo good even if it doesn't reduce fret buzz.
    Looks like you need a truss rod adjustment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karl View Post
    Looks like you need a truss rod adjustment.
    Been there done that. Set it to factory specs (including truss rod) and still have it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bovinehost View Post
    Kudos to Brian Ball for Cobalts!
    I will second that !
    I put them on my “other” bass a couple of weeks ago, only playing it at In house volume and was a bit ???? With them
    Then took it to band practice, got a chance to wind it up and wow !!!! Impressed to say the least so thank you.

    (Only thing I would change is I’d ask for a bit more winding. Fitted to a through body, four in a row there is only just enough on the post. I generally like a good three wraps. Cutting non off its 1 and half)

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    1+1/2 winds is fully sufficient. OK, you would prefer 3,
    but that would be at the expense of many of the rest of
    us ... who know enuf to NOT allow the main winding to
    wrap onto the peg.
    Last edited by Golem; 04-04-2018 at 06:09 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
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    1+1/2 winds is fully sufficient. OK, you would prefer 3,
    but that would be at the expense of many of the rest of
    us ... who know enuf to NOT allow the main winding to
    wrap onto the peg.
    Who said anything about the main winding of the string on the post ?
    And 1+1/2 is not enuf makes me a little uneasy especially with silks....
    Last edited by danny-79; 04-05-2018 at 12:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danny-79 View Post
    Who said anything about the main winding of the
    string on the post ?

    .............
    You did.

    You said you wanted longer windings. This results
    in the winding bending around the peg.

    Perhaps all you want is a longer leader.

    BTW, plenty of basses ship brand new with "only"
    1+1/2 turns wound onto the pegs. This is acoarst
    in addition to the amount of leader stuffed down
    into the center hole. It's fully secure.
    Last edited by Golem; 04-06-2018 at 04:28 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
    Perhaps all you want is a longer leader.
    Yup ! The scale length of the string is fine, just say 2inchs more leader (the run off part that goes around the post) would make all the difference on a four in a row headstock on the last string. The nameless bass in question did used to have very thick straight posts on it until I swapped them for tapered ones. All these little bits, through body stringing, four in a row posts, thick posts etc all add up. Couple of inches more leader would be very useful

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