Strings - What are your favorites?

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
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Mike Steede
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Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by Mike Steede » Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:26 pm

I've done quite a bit of experimenting now with different strings and although I like quite a few, I'm currently a fan of the Savarez MRJ510. They have the Cantiga basses and a carbon 3rd. Your preference?
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by Scott Phillips » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:47 am

My currrent fave is Savarez Cantiga basses, Mari B and E, and a Knobloch carbon G.

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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by Wuuthrad » Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:55 am

Martin Magnifico Hard and Medium tension, which comes with a really nice grey treble polygut designed by Aquila.

I cannot believe how good they sound actually- miles ahead of nylon and carbon, and feel much better on my fingers.
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by Mike Steede » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:06 am

Wuuthrad wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:55 am
Martin Magnifico Hard and Medium tension, which comes with a really nice grey treble polygut designed by Aquila.

I cannot believe how good they sound actually- miles ahead of nylon and carbon, and feel much better on my fingers.
Who do you get them from?
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by Wuuthrad » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:40 am

Mike Steede wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:06 am
Wuuthrad wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:55 am
Martin Magnifico Hard and Medium tension, which comes with a really nice grey treble polygut designed by Aquila.

I cannot believe how good they sound actually- miles ahead of nylon and carbon, and feel much better on my fingers.
Who do you get them from?
Hi Mike,

I originally got the Hard Tension set from a Classical Guitar Magazine promotion.

I liked them so much I bought another pair of Hard Tension and also a Medium for an older guitar from Musicians Friend, as I couldn't find them anywhere else.

Definitely worth a try for 10$ or so. Also I find the sustain and harmonics are quite good.

Best!
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by Mike Steede » Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:59 am

Wuuthrad wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:40 am
Mike Steede wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:06 am
Wuuthrad wrote:
Tue Nov 06, 2018 3:55 am
Martin Magnifico Hard and Medium tension, which comes with a really nice grey treble polygut designed by Aquila.

I cannot believe how good they sound actually- miles ahead of nylon and carbon, and feel much better on my fingers.
Who do you get them from?
Hi Mike,

I originally got the Hard Tension set from a Classical Guitar Magazine promotion.

I liked them so much I bought another pair of Hard Tension and also a Medium for an older guitar from Musicians Friend, as I couldn't find them anywhere else.

Definitely worth a try for 10$ or so. Also I find the sustain and harmonics are quite good.

Best!
Excellent! Thanks - I ordered a couple of sets from Strings & Beyond.

Best / M
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by sandgren » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:29 pm

After I purchased my handbuilt Casimiro Lozano guitars, I've been on a hefty string set travel. I keep on getting back to the Savarez Corum 500PR MT set. I rate the Corum basses over the Cantiga ones, since I did a direct comparison recently. And the rectified trebles have that natural, round sound. I have tried Augustine - Hannabach - Jose Ramirez - Pepe Romero, none of them can touch the Corum 500PR set.
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by celestemcc » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:11 pm

For my cedar Ramirez 1a, the Savarez MRJ510 set (the medium tension version thereof). They're relatively bright which balances a very dark toned guitar. For my spruce Connor (which isn't overly bright but more focused in tone than the Ramirez) I love Hannabach Silver 200/900, the medium-high set. I use a Savarez Alliance G with those. (But I rarely like any nylon G). They have a darker tone than the Savarez, very sweet and singing on the Connor.
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by Brandon Walker » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:19 am

Hannabach PR trebles, from the Silver Special NT - just a solid, full, crystal nylon sound that I think is full of subtle beauty. I’m going to try a Hannabach carbon 3rd shortly.

Basses: Hauser HT at the moment, with a few in mind to try for comparison.

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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by epcritmo » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:17 am

Currently I am very fond of the Aquila Rubino set.
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by Leo » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:50 pm

epcritmo wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:17 am
Currently I am very fond of the Aquila Rubino set.
Me too, but I will probably order the Martin Magnifico when I am low on strings, to see if they are any different.
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by Christopher Langley » Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:19 pm

I have yet to try many. I'm not too picky. I like a traditional nylon sound.

I really enjoy mediums on my 650. Specifically I enjoy the D'addario EJ27N. I think they are perfect.

For my 620 I like the Savarez 520R. They have a touch more tension which works great.
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by epcritmo » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:48 pm

Leo wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:50 pm
epcritmo wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:17 am
Currently I am very fond of the Aquila Rubino set.
Me too, but I will probably order the Martin Magnifico when I am low on strings, to see if they are any different.
I haven't seen anywhere selling them in Spain or the continent. I look forward to hearing your opinion on the comparison.
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by Mike Steede » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:54 pm

epcritmo wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:48 pm
Leo wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:50 pm
epcritmo wrote:
Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:17 am
Currently I am very fond of the Aquila Rubino set.
Me too, but I will probably order the Martin Magnifico when I am low on strings, to see if they are any different.
I haven't seen anywhere selling them in the EU yet. I look forward to hearing your opinion on the comparison.
I would expect you're able to get them by post easily in the EU from Strings By Mail or from Strings And Beyond. That's how I get my strings here in Canada. The exchange rate does hurt a bit though.
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Re: Strings - What are your favorites?

Post by epcritmo » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:57 pm

I've just seen I can get them in the UK. I'll get set when I'm over there for Christmas :)

According to the Aquila website the Rubino set has a tension of 49kg, so I think I'll get the high tension Magnifico set which has a tension of 46.6kg.
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