Strings Hannabach 815MT vs D'Addario EXP 45

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Strings Hannabach 815MT vs D'Addario EXP 45

Post by AntonioMartinsPereira » Tue May 02, 2017 8:52 pm

I'd like to hear your opinion about these two "set" of strings (HANNABACH 815MT vs DADDARIO EXP45). In my opinion the HANNABACH 815MT strings perform better when they are new but lose clearly to the DADDARio over time.

Does anyone have the same opinion?
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Re: Strings HANNABACH 815MT vs DADDARIO EXP 45

Post by petermc61 » Tue May 02, 2017 9:30 pm

It depends on what you call 'over time'. I can't think of anything duller than an old set of EJ45.

815MT will also be noticeable higher tension than EJ45. From memory the nearest comparable string (tension wise) was the LT or SLT.

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Re: Strings HANNABACH 815MT vs DADDARIO EXP 45

Post by eyedoc » Tue May 02, 2017 11:06 pm

I agree with Peter. In my hands the Hannebach last much longer....
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Re: Strings Hannabach 815MT vs D'Addario EXP 45

Post by Elitista2 » Wed May 03, 2017 4:33 pm

Hannabach silver special are strings of highter quality than Daddario j 45.
J45 are good standard strings. Hannabach have more basses and also more hights.
Smooth grain sound. J45 use a polymer for trebles instead of true nylon. So they are more plastic sounding
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Re: Strings HANNABACH 815MT vs DADDARIO EXP 45

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Wed May 03, 2017 11:50 pm

petermc61 wrote:
Tue May 02, 2017 9:30 pm
It depends on what you call 'over time'. I can't think of anything duller than an old set of EJ45.

815MT will also be noticeable higher tension than EJ45. From memory the nearest comparable string (tension wise) was the LT or SLT.
How about a NEW set of EJ45? They don't really sound good for like a weak, and then are clear and colorless. If a new guitar sounds good with EJ45, it will sound good with anything :bravo: and better with just about anything...else. I feel for people like a forum member who says that D'Addario is all that she can get in South Africa in another thread. I have one guitar that sounds spectacular with EJ45, but every other string I try seems to be even better. Even a $6.99 set of henSe is ten times better sounding. But let's save the distinction of being the worst for Alice.

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Re: Strings Hannabach 815MT vs D'Addario EXP 45

Post by Jeffrey Armbruster » Thu May 04, 2017 8:23 pm

I'm curious if people who learned to play on D'addario strings might have a bad association with them--all those studies, all that frustration! etc. Because the dislike is pretty visceral, maybe more than with other brands. After all, the main complaint with them is that they're innocuous. But since they're cheap, readily available and doubtless recommended by many, I bet that they're a common learner string. Maybe people want to move beyond those days and so buy other brands of strings?

Just floating an idea...probably nothing to it.
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Re: Strings Hannabach 815MT vs D'Addario EXP 45

Post by eyedoc » Thu May 04, 2017 9:45 pm

I have no problem with the J45's, although the D string can me hit or miss....There are just better strings out there!
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Re: Strings Hannabach 815MT vs D'Addario EXP 45

Post by jnbrown » Fri May 05, 2017 12:08 am

I had been using 815LT for high E string and Knobloch bass strings. I was never in love with the Knobloch bass strings.
I know my teacher uses D'Addario strings and noticed how I liked the sound of the bass strings, very bright sounding like a harpsichord if you will.
Anyway I happened to have some unused EJ46 strings lying around and put the bass strings on and got the same sound as my teacher and really like them.
Then I tried the EJ46 treble string and it was louder than the 815LT but really didn't like the sound so I am sticking with 815LT on the high e.
I might try an 815MT to see if that is better.

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Re: Strings Hannabach 815MT vs D'Addario EXP 45

Post by Alan Green » Fri May 05, 2017 6:36 am

I've used Hannabach since 1999 - recommended by the nice people at Chappell's of Bond Street. Now using the Hannabach Titanyl sets.

D'Addario really don't impress. I've tried them when my supplier's been out of strings, but they always sound very very ordinary; like comparing a MacDonald's burger to a fillet steak.

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Re: Strings Hannabach 815MT vs D'Addario EXP 45

Post by ddray » Sun May 07, 2017 5:38 pm

Jeffrey Armbruster wrote:
Thu May 04, 2017 8:23 pm
I'm curious if people who learned to play on D'addario strings might have a bad association with them--all those studies, all that frustration! etc. Because the dislike is pretty visceral, maybe more than with other brands. After all, the main complaint with them is that they're innocuous. But since they're cheap, readily available and doubtless recommended by many, I bet that they're a common learner string. Maybe people want to move beyond those days and so buy other brands of strings?

Just floating an idea...probably nothing to it.
Reading these comments they seem to be like Windows: everybody gripes about them but everybody uses them. "Everybody" being hyperbole of course. I like D'Addarios well enough myself. I usually use low tension strings and of the ones I tried the ej43's are the best. Hannabach's "low tension" are only "low tension" relative to Hannabach's high tension strings, and the difference in sound doesn't justify the cost imo.

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