Is this normal bass behavior?

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  1. wabashslim

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    Might as well sell used socks and underbriches.
     
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    Also spent shell casings, half-eaten sandwiches, and the sludge at the bottom of the soap dish.
     
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    Well...in all fairness you can reload the shells...

    As far as the strings apparently boiling them will bring back a little life, not sure if offer them to the public though
     
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    If you look on ‘Talkbass’ you’ll see ’gently used’ bass strings quite often. Why? I don’t know. ???
     
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    craigslist is blocked for me, but here's a video
     
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  7. wabashslim

    wabashslim Friend of Leo's

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    And sometimes all you want is half a sandwich...
     
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    I think because it's so daggone expensive to try out a variety of strings. Saves a little money to try them used.
     
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    Man, try online sales for cheaper.
     
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    As a broke teenager I used to do this with guitar strings. First boil would get you about 85% of the brightness back. Second boil would be about 60%. Third boil would be about 50%, and by then they were so brittle they'd break.
     
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    Yup....I really just watched an 11 minute video about a pet bass
     
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    I am so sorry, but new strings are just beautiful. I just restrung my Rasmus, super strat, and used, "Big Bends," nut sauce and its the most incredible playing force that exists! Sperzel locking tuners have a lot to do with it. Coming from a Floyd, locking nut, I embraced these things!
     
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    Locking tuners and a locking nut???

    Isn't that like wearing a belt and suspenders?
     
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    Wasn't the bass sound on the first Crosby, Stills & Nash album helped out by use of barbecue sauce?
     
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    I would say, however, bass strings are a 180 degree opposite of guitar strings. Yeah, I like new strings on a six-string, but good bass flatwounds last for YEARS. In fact, the "duller" they get, the better. ;)
     
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    No, locking nut was the old way, which is where the, "I came from," part, is derived. No locking nuts here, just the Sperzels, with a Gotoh 510.
     
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    Some folks actually do- feeds some fetish apparently...but, I would not know.
     
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    When I got my first bass from a pawnshop in 2008, I bought a set of Dunlop Nickel-plated roundwounds in .045-.105 for it. I learned on those and joined a band and played them a lot, and the older and midrangier they got, the better I liked them. Eventually, a couple years ago, I decided to try a set of flats and liked those even better.

    I had acquired a second bass as a repair project and backup by then, so I boiled the Dunlop takeoffs in white vinegar and installed them on the backup. They’re still on it, and working fine.

    Bass strings last a pretty long time. In some cases it makes sense to install used ones, given what they cost.
     
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    Plus, used bass strings have soaked up the toan. Nothing like 'em.
     
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    Yep. Some swapping as well. The majority of the time it's flatwounds sets. They last a long time, years even.

    When I had a Precision Bass I bought a couple sets from different members when I wanted to try a few flats brands. They all came off a P Bass and were fine.
     
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