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My Thoughts On Harley Benton "value Strings"

Discussion in 'Bass Strings' started by Nachobassman, Dec 30, 2018.

  1. Nachobassman

    Nachobassman Bass, Tapas, and Rn´R!

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    December comes and I needed to refill my strings stash. This time I wanted to buy strings for all the herd: 4 and 5 strings basses, electric and acoustic guitars and an ukelele. :rolleyes:

    Went to my trusty local shop but they don't carry those NICKEL Warwick Red Labels that I love for two reasons:
    1.- Price tag, and,
    2.- They sound, feel and last the same as strings TWICE the price, you name them: D'Addarios, DRs, Ernie Ball, etc.

    Long story made short: Warwick's distributor for Spain only carries STEEL Red Labels, don't ask me why.:confused:

    Anyway, got into Thomann's web page and started to watch and compare strings, brands, etc. Then something bit me and next thing I remember is I bought a bunch of those Harley Benton "Value Strings" for all the herd.
    After a longer than expected waiting time (1 week) the UPS truck showed up just in time for a quick change of strings on my Streamer LX4 and ready to hit the road for one of my monthly irish-pub gigs in downtown Madrid.

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    Next post: first feelings about them
     
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  2. Nachobassman

    Nachobassman Bass, Tapas, and Rn´R!

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    OK, hope you survived the first post and thanks for keep on reading this thing...:D

    My first feelings about them:

    1.- They feel a little rough in the fingers the first time you play them, just a little, not as bad as some steel strings out there.
    2.- Nice and controled brightness on them.
    3.- String wrapping on tuner side are uneven, I know this just an aesthetic thing but it looks terrible, IMO. Wrapping on ball-end is not perfect but a lot better (see pics).

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    Next: How do I like them after 2 gigs/2 weeks.:cool:
     
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    DiMarco nutcase Good Vibe Sponsor

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    That wrapping stuff looks just awful! LOL!
     
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    Hardy Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Indeed, this is a no go. Let’s hope they sound more even than they look like.
     
  5. Florin

    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Staff Member

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    I tried them. 4 strings 0.40 are VERY good :) They have a "loose" somehow kind of sound, like they are already drop tuned, pretty flexible and fun to do bass tricks. Didn't liked the 0-45 ones too much.
     
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    Why do they put that silk wrapping on the string anyway?
     
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    I always assumed it was to help prevent the strings from slipping.
     
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    I think it's an aesthetic thing. There are strings in the market without wrapping that sounds great.
     
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    Sure, maybe a branding thing too. I always assume light blue wrap is a Dean Marley Blue Steels and red is RotoSound to me
     
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