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    I absolutely love my Hadean bass and get remarkable sound from it, blowing away people who have much more expensive basses. Hey, where did you get that stand up bass you used on that recording? Stand up? Sit down over here and try this. Dig these cool rubber strings. So nice on the paws. Wow! Get one cheap at Rondo Music. Nice guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Here's an interesting video comparing various basses, upright, bass uke, electric bass. It actually validates the decision I made recently to get rid of the poly strings on my bass ukes for flatwound, Gold Tone/La Bella MBLS 25" and Galli 20.5", 23".
    That is an interesting video and I like her presentation.

    Is the primary (or only) reason to use flatwound strings instead of poly the difference in tone? Is one or the other easier for a beginner to play (kind of like the comparison of a nylon string uke to a steel string guitar)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tm3 View Post
    That is an interesting video and I like her presentation. Is the primary (or only) reason to use flatwound strings instead of poly the difference in tone? Is one or the other easier for a beginner to play (kind of like the comparison of a nylon string uke to a steel string guitar)?
    My main reason for switching to flatwound is to avoid having to remount the poly strings that stretch so much, and as much to avoid the stickiness when the weather is a little humid. I've done gigs outside in those conditions that made it much more difficult and noisy to play. The poly strings are more flexible, which makes them easier to play, but also causes them to stretch so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    My main reason for switching to flatwound is to avoid having to remount the poly strings that stretch so much, and as much to avoid the stickiness when the weather is a little humid. I've done gigs outside in those conditions that made it much more difficult and noisy to play. The poly strings are more flexible, which makes them easier to play, but also causes them to stretch so much.
    Thank you, that makes sense! You are obviously way beyond the beginner stage so I can see how the flatwound strings would appeal.

    Can the flatwounds be installed on any UBass or does it have to be specially designed to handle the flatwounds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tm3 View Post
    Thank you, that makes sense! You are obviously way beyond the beginner stage so I can see how the flatwound strings would appeal. Can the flatwounds be installed on any UBass or does it have to be specially designed to handle the flatwounds?
    The Galli flatwounds work on any bass uke because they have a nylon core, and I've used the Gold Tone/La Bella MBLS all steel on a variety of bass ukes with no problems, that's because I don't heed the so called warnings, I test each myself. It's possible the nut would need to be changed, which I've had done, but not always, also with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    The Galli flatwounds work on any bass uke because they have a nylon core, and I've used the Gold Tone/La Bella MBLS all steel on a variety of bass ukes with no problems, that's because I don't heed the so called warnings, I test each myself. It's possible the nut would need to be changed, which I've had done, but not always, also with no problems.
    Good info, thank you for taking the time to answer my questions!

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