Aquila Alabastro any fans?

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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby powderedtoastman » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:50 am

Say, does anybody know where to get sets of only the trebles?
Strings by Mail seems to have either full sets or basses only. But right now I'm thinking that I might rather use the Alabastro trebles with something different for the basses.
The problem is that these bass strings corrode very quickly for me, even more so than other sets which I already go through pretty quickly...
The trebles seem to be fine for quite a while though!

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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby petermc61 » Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:53 am

powderedtoastman wrote:Say, does anybody know where to get sets of only the trebles?
Strings by Mail seems to have either full sets or basses only. But right now I'm thinking that I might rather use the Alabastro trebles with something different for the basses.
The problem is that these bass strings corrode very quickly for me, even more so than other sets which I already go through pretty quickly...
The trebles seem to be fine for quite a while though!


I did an extensive search on the web but that long ago looking for trebles only and could not find them. I rather suspect you will have no better luck.

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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby powderedtoastman » Mon Jan 09, 2017 2:12 am

petermc61 wrote:
powderedtoastman wrote:Say, does anybody know where to get sets of only the trebles?
Strings by Mail seems to have either full sets or basses only. But right now I'm thinking that I might rather use the Alabastro trebles with something different for the basses.
The problem is that these bass strings corrode very quickly for me, even more so than other sets which I already go through pretty quickly...
The trebles seem to be fine for quite a while though!


I did an extensive search on the web but that long ago looking for trebles only and could not find them. I rather suspect you will have no better luck.

Peter


OK, thanks! I will decide between stockpiling these basses or just ordering an extra bass set with every full set, and change my basses frequently.

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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby lifewithasong » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:39 pm

. . .I've had these on for about four days now, and I have to say--I'm really, really liking my experience with them! The things that other posters have been saying have been my experience, as well: Balanced, a great range of tone colors available, and they seem to have settled in about four times faster than other strings.
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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby lifewithasong » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:26 pm

Peter, sorry, but I did not see your reply of the 8th until after I had just entered mine this afternoon. I thought I had subscribed to the thread, but apparently there was some malfunction.

I really am enjoying these strings, and am already wondering about going up to the higher tension. I tend to favor medium/normal tension strings, but have read that the tension on these is a bit higher than other comparable medium/normal sets by other manufacturers.

Any comments? Experiences?

Thank you,
Greg
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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby Icarus11 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:55 pm

The Alabastro trebles LT like the other nygult sets (except the Ambra 800) are too hard for me, never mind...

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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby petermc61 » Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:10 pm

lifewithasong wrote:Peter, sorry, but I did not see your reply of the 8th until after I had just entered mine this afternoon. I thought I had subscribed to the thread, but apparently there was some malfunction.

I really am enjoying these strings, and am already wondering about going up to the higher tension. I tend to favor medium/normal tension strings, but have read that the tension on these is a bit higher than other comparable medium/normal sets by other manufacturers.

Any comments? Experiences?

Thank you,
Greg


I would stick with low or normal tension Alabastro. The superior is indeed high in tension. I could not imagine playing those - they'd be like high tension carbon.

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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby lifewithasong » Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:17 am

Thanks guys. I'm thinking I'll be sticking with these, then. Very happy with them!
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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby lifewithasong » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:10 am

After working with them for a couple of weeks now, I'm still enjoying them, but seem to be having an intonation problem with the B string--any of you guys ever experience this with the Alabastro trebles?
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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby petermc61 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:38 am

lifewithasong wrote:After working with them for a couple of weeks now, I'm still enjoying them, but seem to be having an intonation problem with the B string--any of you guys ever experience this with the Alabastro trebles?


Yes. If you still have the packaging what is the production date marked on the back of the packet?

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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby lifewithasong » Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:46 am

I still have it. It has the small label with "BE 4/2015" on it. Was there a defective run or something?
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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby petermc61 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:20 am

lifewithasong wrote:I still have it. It has the small label with "BE 4/2015" on it. Was there a defective run or something?


There were a few intonation problems with an older formulation of the strings. The material used was upgraded to a new formula that sounds better and has fewer intonation issues. I seem to recall that was about the start of 2016 - so the strings you have are not the latest formulation of Supernylgut. The good news is that if you buy a new set from a supplier with high turnover you will get the latest series. They will sound even better.

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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby lifewithasong » Mon Jan 23, 2017 3:24 am

Oh, okay. I appreciate that Peter. I got this set back in March of last year from SBM, so I can see how they may have had some 2015 sets still in stock then. I'm really enjoying them the more I play them, and now you've gotten me looking forward to getting a newer set as soon as I submit another order for strings.
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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby Noctivagant » Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:14 pm

I've used the normal tension and superior tension Alabastros, the superiors just seemed a bit much for me and sounded similar to carbon trebles. I preferred the normal tension. They are currently favorite strings, they're very balanced and settle in quicker than anything I've ever used.

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Re: Aquila Alabastro any fans?

Postby Beowulf » Sun Jan 29, 2017 3:49 pm

Can anyone one speak to the string tension of the Alabastros? I have been using D'Addario EJ44C strings and this results in an average string tension of 16.02lbs on my 662mm scale 1971 Yamaha GC-10. I prefer this to the Normal tension EJ46. The average tensions for the Alabastros at 662mm would be:
Light: 16.09
Normal: 16.95
Superior: 18.67

I think that the Superior would be pushing it on my instrument, so I am debating Light versus Normal. How "hard" do the Alabastros feel when playing compared to other strings? I also noted that the Alabastros are slightly less in diameter compared to the D'Addarios. Is this likely to be noticeable?
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