I'm no expert, but I'm inclined to think of the Alabastros as playing slightly firmer than the d'Addarios I have used recently. By this, I mean that the contact with the string feels, to my fingers, slightly more 'positive'. I'm not a big fan of super-smooth or super-low tensions, so this suits me very well.Beowulf wrote: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:
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?
I use the 'normal' tension.
Some people look for the smoothest, lightest feel possible, to aid playability and transitions, I prefer the extra sense of dynamics and range which the slightly tenser string gives - quite simply, when I use Alabastros, I feel that I have more flexibility in my interpretation choices, and often these come 'naturally' with a piece as I am playing it.