vigmostad wrote:Peter: Based on your suggestions for trebles to go with the pyramid sterling silver basses, I have tried the Mari p100, Augustine Imperials, Dogal diamante and Knobloch carbons on my Alhambra line professional (about 5 hours of playing with each set...)
What's tricky here is that strings can change quite a bit if you leave them on longer. Though I'd imagine the carbons will sound a bit more powerful right off the bat since they are carbon. I haven't tried a full knobloch set of carbons, but hated the high E string. In fact, I have yet to find a carbon E string that actually sounds good. I always combine Carbon G and B strings with a nylon E string if ever.
On a separate note, I have had a chance myself to try the Pyramid sterling silvers and have had them on for almost 2 weeks or so. My personal observation is that they seriously remind me of savarez corum bass strings - dark/deep sounding, soft under the finger tips, good power. Perhaps the only thing that might set it apart is if they last longer, which I'll report on when they die out. If they can last A LOT longer then the corums, then they'll be worth the price, but if not, then I personally don't think they have a huge tonal advantage, if any. I will also note that they sound better from day 1 and settle in pretty quickly, whereas Corums I think sound terrible in the first 1-2 days.
I also have paired them with Augustine Imperials. The imperials have a pleasant bright sparkle, while being full and have good power and sustain almost comparable to carbon strings. BUT I am having serious intonation issues even in the first position on the G string which I've never experienced before with other strings
. If the next set of imperials I try has the same issue, then the imperials are being scratched off the list. In fact, I'm afraid to even try them again.
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