I am a couple of days into a set of Aquila Seta, encouraged by Rob M to try something different, specifically gut and the like. I ordered a selection of basses (Aquila) which I will marry up with his suggestion of gut trebles when they arrive.
Meanwhile, the Aquila set have supernylgut trebles and silver-plated copper wound on real silk - I'm not sure how these are distinguished from Aquila Ambra - the descriptions seem the same.
I suppose I am interested in a more 'vintage' sound for now at least. The basses are a major (auditory) adjustment for me after double silver (Pyramid or Knobloch) - they are certainly quieter with a softer tone, but maybe my ear needs to re-calibrate - I am trying to decide whether that equates to 'warmer'. They are squeakier than Pyramid.
The trebles are a very pleasant surprise. I was getting quite tired of the fluoro trebles I had on (Dogal I think), and the high E was particularly shrill. These Seta trebles are certainly warmer but still with good sustain, nice tone and feel good under the left hand. They have certainly settled in well, sound better than they did when they went on. Tuning to A435 is not ideal, and de-tuning the basses a minor quibble ... the price we pay for our ART
I'm looking forward to trying the other Aquilas (Ambra 800 and 900) and the gut strings - the big unknown - the only thing is they're a bit pricey. Especially that G from Damian D.
Comments? Peter? (Happy New year BTW)
Put down the bagpipes ...
... and no one gets hurt.