Hannabach 815 what else to try?

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
jnbrown
Posts: 59
Joined: Thu Feb 04, 2016 4:14 am

Hannabach 815 what else to try?

Postby jnbrown » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:11 pm

I am a flamenco player and have tried many strings.
My favorites have been Knobloch CX Actives and Hannabach 815LT.
A while a go I did some recording with each set of strings and decided the Knobloch's sounded better.
But after playing them for about a month I feel they that while they are loud they have a cold sound to them.
I put the 815LT back on did some more recording and now I like the Hannbach's much better.
They have a much nicer sound and picado sounds more authentic.
So I am wondering if the 815 could be improved on? Maybe I should try it in medium tension?

es335
Posts: 1110
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:12 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Hannabach 815 what else to try?

Postby es335 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:19 am

Depends on what you would like to improve. Eventhough the tonal character will be quite similar, the increased tension will affect the response of your guitar which you may like or not!? In addition the "work" for your left and right hand will increase but that's again a matter of personal taste. Just give it a try if you're happy with the HB 815 otherwise. They're nice strings anyway! :wink:

kdwiklund
Posts: 91
Joined: Sat Dec 06, 2014 11:27 pm
Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Re: Hannabach 815 what else to try?

Postby kdwiklund » Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:59 pm

Try the newer Knobloch QZ nylons. They are round and pure and feel good to the touch. That said, it is hard to beat the warmth of Hannabach, but these Knoblochs come close.
David Pace 2017 - cedar double-top
David Pace 2014 - spruce
Jose Oribe 1973 - spruce

soltirefa
Posts: 1243
Joined: Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:59 am
Location: Southern California

Re: Hannabach 815 what else to try?

Postby soltirefa » Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:35 pm

I have come across some conflicting information about Hannabach string tensions. Here is the pdf from Hannabach. Scroll down to page 4 to see the string tension between their different levels.

http://www.hns.cz/hannabach.pdf

Then I look at SBM's numbers and they're not consistent. Looking at just the trebles, the Hannabach pdf says that green and black have the same trebles and that blue and red have the same trebles.

Here's SBM info. Scroll down a bit to see gauge or tension (some only state gauge, but you can still compare). This does not agree with the Hannabach pdf.

yellow

https://www.stringsbymail.com/hannabach ... t-376.html

green

https://www.stringsbymail.com/hannabach ... t-386.html

black

https://www.stringsbymail.com/hannabach ... t-396.html

blue

https://www.stringsbymail.com/hannabach ... t-406.html

red

es335
Posts: 1110
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:12 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Hannabach 815 what else to try?

Postby es335 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:58 pm

Hannabach had updated their tension a few years ago. In the new list LT and MT trebles are indeed different. SBM numbers comply with the chart of their new catalog which is available from their website!

soltirefa
Posts: 1243
Joined: Tue Jul 11, 2006 3:59 am
Location: Southern California

Re: Hannabach 815 what else to try?

Postby soltirefa » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:13 pm

es335 wrote:Hannabach had updated their tension a few years ago. In the new list LT and MT trebles are indeed different. SBM numbers comply with the chart of their new catalog which is available from their website!


I found this, which must be the updated Hannabach catalog you're referring to. Indeed, the tensions change for each level. Good to know. Thanks for mentioning it. However, it does not agree with everything that SBM says. SBM has some strings the same between adjacent levels.

http://www.khb-music.com/userimage/cata ... atalog.pdf

es335
Posts: 1110
Joined: Thu Aug 30, 2007 2:12 pm
Location: Germany

Re: Hannabach 815 what else to try?

Postby es335 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:58 pm

SBM is doing an excellent job to provide as much data as possible and sometimes even do their own measurements to fill the gaps!
But it's a Sisyphean task to keep all brands up-to-date where even manufacturer's fail to avoid mistakes in their own charts.

Anyway, the linked list is the recent and relevant one! :wink:


Return to “Classical Guitar Strings”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: celestemcc, CommonCrawl [Bot], Stewart Doyle and 11 guests