MessyTendon wrote:Peter the strings are said to be manufactured for Amalia Ramirez via on-line product literature. I really just want to know who makes them. I refuse to pay twice the price for nylon strings when the variety of quality strings is out there.
Whatever the strings are, I think 16$ for Nylon/Silver strings is kind of questionable when the leading manufactures offer the same materials and workmanship for half the price or less.
Not sure we are going to agree on this, but from my perspective the fact that you can get perfectly reasonable nylon strings for US$7-8 is not a compelling argument for not paying $16 for a set. It would be a compelling argument if the sets at that lower price point sounded as good. Maybe you can point me to something I have not tried but I have used D'Addario, La Bella et al and the only strings under $10/set I like (on some guitars) are Aranjuez Suave or Brilliante Silver 500, and that's mainly because of the trebles, and Augustine Imperial Black (but they don't last that long).
However, none of those strings sound like Ramirez. I think Riffy described their sound well, but I'd add they have brightness on top of the plumpness - sort of like a hot fudge sundae string. I can't imagine a guitar sounding bad with them. So, if you want that sound, you pay the price.
I might add that they probably are made by one of the larger manufacturers - but so what? That manufacturer will interrupt their production, change dyes, change source metals and do a small production run (maybe as little as 5000 sets of strings). This adds a cost compared to the big manufacturer just running their own stuff though in far great volumes. If you want that, you pay for it. If you don't, fine. Just don't presume they are identical to some cheap string and disbar trying them for that reason alone.
I use $8 string sets, I use $16 string sets and I use $25 string sets. If given sets make my guitars song best and given the investment I have made in guitars I use strings at all these price points, but ONLY if the more expensive string really brings out the best in an instrument.
All the best