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'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.
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.