Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Choice of classical guitar strings and technical issues connected with their use.
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Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by Podobin » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:41 am

Hi folks, any current wisdom on the sound of these? I currently have a new cedar guitar with Savarez Allance HT's on it. Sounds good, maybe a bit bright. Would like to slightly darken the sound and was thinking of these. Let me know your opinions Hannabach users :merci:

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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by 630mm » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:57 am

I haven't tried the 728s yet but I use the 815s and they would definitely give a darker, more traditional tone than the alliance.
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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by Alan Green » Mon Jun 05, 2017 5:37 am

I'm using the Hannabach "Titanyl" strings at the mo rather than the 815s. They are up to the usual Hannabach high quality standard.

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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by petermc61 » Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:23 am

They will more than slightly darken the sound.

I suggest first trying a sweeter carbon string - for example Knobloch MT.

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Post by celestemcc » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:38 pm

The 815s are definitely dark, finally settled on them as a good balance on my relatively new (but not overly bright) spruce, and I love them. On my very dark-toned cedar I use Savarez Cristal/Corum, which lent brightness to the sound.
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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by JayGuitar » Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:10 am

630mm wrote:
Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:57 am
I haven't tried the 728s yet but I use the 815s and they would definitely give a darker, more traditional tone than the alliance.
Yes, the Alliance are brighter than either the 728 or the 815

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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by Kintla » Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:49 pm

IMO, if you are using Savarez Alliance and you want to "darken" the sound, why not just go to regular nylon, that would be my suggestion. I've come to the conclusion that I don't care for carbon strings, the sound gets old quickly. Maybe a carbon g string on occasion, but that is it.

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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by Podobin » Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:26 am

That's what I have been experimenting with, moving away from the Savarez Alliance HT trebles and have tried Hannabach 728 MT, these were too dark and flubby . . . . now I have a set of Augustine Regals HT regular nylon for the trebles, and the guitar is more in the universe of where I want it. Will try some other nylon only sets and see how it does. The guitar has a decent amount of resonance and for some reason I have a bias toward physically thicker treble strings, so the Augustine's feel good under the left hand. For some reason I don't think the Hannabachs will work with this guitar. I have a set of 815 HT trebles I will also try.

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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by 630mm » Thu Jun 15, 2017 3:02 am

If you're only looking for a slightly darker sound, I've found the Galli Carbonio HTs are one of the warmer carbons I've tried. I really like them on my cedar Navarro. None of the nylons I tried were quite bright enough for me on that particular guitar.
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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by lifewithasong » Tue Jul 11, 2017 10:47 pm

I just put the 728 LT set on my spruce/rosewood guitar this morning. So far, I'm really liking them, and especially the basses. I haven't used LT strings on any of my guitars for years now, so, I'll be interested in how these pan out a few days from now. I've read that these may take a little extra time to fully settle into tune.
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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by Contreras » Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:09 pm

In the past I have been disappointed with 'Gold' strings. I had thought that the heavier metal might bring something 'extra' to the table but they didn't match up to most other bass sets ... until I tried Hannabach Pure Gold. They are very warm with good resonance and sustain, and come much closer to my ideal of a vintage sound than my usually favored silver set. In addition they were very long-lasting - I kept them on a lot longer than I usually do. I swapped them out for something 'ordinary' and regretted it immediately and ordered some more from SBM.
I can't comment on the trebles because I didn't use them ... I had Aquila Ambra nylgut on top, and the combination was perfect for me and my instrument.
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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by Pede » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:17 am

The HB pure gold is also one of my favourites. Very full sound.
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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by Wally » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:45 am

I use a treble set of Hannabach 815 high tension and I'm very happy with the intonation and dark but also just bright enough sound. I'm just about to restock on these.

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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by Rognvald » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:25 am

P,
I have been using Hannabach Pure Gold 825 MT for well over 10 years(?). I play a LoPrinzi Spanish Grand Concert Cedar 650mm. The reason I initially started playing the "Golds" was that my hands sweat a great deal and the sweat was very corrosive to the strings. They were the only strings I found that could withstand a rigorous practice regimen and not fail after two weeks(intonation/tuning). In the last year, I started using Dunlop 65 String Cleaner and conditioner and I find if I clean my strings after every practice session, I can get 6 weeks on a set of "Gold" strings playing 2-3 hours a day before intonation/clarity becomes a problem. The "Golds" are definitely a darker sound and lately, I have been experimenting with silver wound strings of various brands to get a sharper/cleaner, less rounded tone in the upper register which tends to get muddy on the H's when playing a Cedar guitar. However, I think if you have a Spruce guitar or a brighter Cedar, the Golds would be a perfect match if you can justify the cost. In any case, the H Gold's are a true quality string and I would recommend them highly.
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Re: Attn: Hannabach Users!! 728 vs Hannabach 815

Post by lifewithasong » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:33 am

I posted about this on another thread concerning action, but I'd wanted to also report in here that I've lowered the action on my guitar this past week, and i've been enjoying the 728s even more! I'm coming around to believing in the low-tension string set!
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