Michael.N. wrote:What Mimmo states regarding differing sound perception (dependent on listening position) is absolutely true. We then have to decide on who we are trying to please. For the majority that will be themselves i.e. the player.
This, of course, leads down numerous paths. One obvious example is the 'best guitar' question. On the assumption that the vast majority of us will not be professional players, though some small number may perform in public on occasions, for most of us, the playing is a personal experience - yet we so often aspire to owning the same guitars as the Pros. Same goes for golf. We buy into the idea that a better guitar will make us a better player (Huh!).
So it's about the tools for the job. And about the developing ear and aspiration to a style or beauty, or facility, of playing. Which is why a plethora of choice is a good thing.
At the moment, still developing all of the above, but with some experience, the Aquila strings I have tried fit into certain roles especially well, and into others perhaps less well than the alternatives. To me, the Alabastro strings are not ideal for the beginner because of the slightly higher tensions that make them work at their best. For someone switching from acoustic guitar, though, this is less of an issue, since steel string tensions are generally considerably higher; in fact, it may offer some small advantage.
One suggestion I would make is that, after some learning, an intermediate student could try switching from their 'standard' strings on their 'student' guitar and put on a set of these. Bad news for guitar shops - my experience has been that they lifted the sound of my 15 year old spruce-top so well that I find myself choosing to play it alongside my newer, more expensive 'studio' guitar, especially on certain pieces where the upper registers form a key part, such as Tarrega's 'Lagrima' or his early preludes - they really shine performing these pieces.
Back to the point - I agree, knowing why we are playing and who our 'audience' is should inform our choices about equipment and materials.