Which Aranjuez to try?

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Laudiesdad69
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Which Aranjuez to try?

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 11:51 pm

I was wondering what the best sounding Aranjuez strings I should try. I think I have tried just about every brand of strings SBM sells. But, I wonder where to start with these. It’s hard to figure out what set to pick first. They are going to go on a Córdoba C9 with a Spruce top. Experiences? Peter?

I see some of their sets ar phosphor bronze with silver plating. My experience will bronze strings has been that they are somewhat dull. Is it any better if it’s silver-plated?

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Re: Which Aranjuez to try?

Post by Rognvald » Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:34 am

I have a set of Aranjuez Classic Silver 300's on my LoPrinzi Spanish Grand Concert Cedar. They took about 4-6 hours to settle for steady intonation and have a clear, bright, sound with good projection. However, after a month, the D string broke while in the case. It could have been my fault, I don't know but I think they were a good value for the money(SBM) and I would use them again. I hope this helps . . . . Playing again . . . Rognvald
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Re: Which Aranjuez to try?

Post by Hotsoup » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:22 am

I've had issues with the D string on different Aranjuez sets too. I'm a fan of them otherwise. You could try both the 300 and the high tension 400, which don't seem overwhelmingly stiff to me. Suave 800 is a good sounding set too if you like low tension, and Brillante 500 is similar but medium tension. If the basses don't break on you, I think they're very good sets all around. They're responsive, not-crazy-bright, and on the rich/complex side of the scale (as opposed to clean) in my opinion, which I liked.

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Re: Which Aranjuez to try?

Post by petermc61 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:01 am

I concur with Hotsoup - the Suave 800 are truly lovely and the Brillante 500 a good all-round option too. Aranjuez perform well in both the bass and treble string domains.

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Re: Which Aranjuez to try?

Post by andreas777 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 8:12 am

I like the Suave 800 too, even if I play LaBella stings that are similar and a bit cheaper (here in Germany).
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Re: Which Aranjuez to try?

Post by Dave Stott » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:36 pm

I can't speak for the Aranjuez basses. But the Aranjuez brillante silver 500 trebles match quite nicely with the Savarez Cantiga basses on my spruce top Cordoba GK Pro Negra. They also sound good on my cedar topped Cordoba Solista.
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Re: Which Aranjuez to try?

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:58 pm

Well, I decided to try the classic silver 300, but SBM is out of them. They are not sure when they will get more in, due to the hurricane in Puerto Rico.

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