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Carey 05-25-2020 12:42 PM

Aquila Ambra 2000 treble strings
 
I had these on recently for a few days; long enough, I think, to give them a fair shake. The basic sound of the top two strings is quite nice, a small but definite
improvement over D'Add EJ45s in that way, with more sustain, as well.
They don't respond as well to vibrato I think, and the basic sound is not
so malleable as the D'Adds.

On my guitar they don't play adequately in tune, and the 'center of the note' is not really clear: not just my ear, because when I checked with
an electronic tuner it had a confused response to the pitches, also.

The first string broke twice before I was able to finally get up to standard
pitch, and I've had this happen before w/ this brand, FWTW.
So a little frustrating.. I will try the basses from this set eventually,
and I also have a Perla set with 'Bionylon' trebles to try.

Adding: this was the 144C light tension set, and they felt about like EJ45s;
definitely not lower tension than them, despite the labeling.

Alytw 05-27-2020 07:32 PM

Aquila 2000
 
Carey,

Thanks for posting the review. You mentioned that the centre of the note wasn’t quite clear, could you get a gauge on the intonation?

I had the sugar strings on and the high e was almost a semi-tone off but the note centre was quite good. They are very bright and have a bit of squeak, but I liked them enough to give them another try.

I love that Mimmo is making a different type of string- quirks and all. I like the tension balance between strings. Hopefully some of the quirks get sorted out. He mentioned that he has a new formulation for the Sugars that squeak less.

Adam

Carey 05-28-2020 11:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Alytw (Post 6394263)
Carey,

Thanks for posting the review. You mentioned that the centre of the note wasn’t quite clear, could you get a gauge on the intonation?

I had the sugar strings on and the high e was almost a semi-tone off but the note centre was quite good. They are very bright and have a bit of squeak, but I liked them enough to give them another try.

I love that Mimmo is making a different type of string- quirks and all. I like the tension balance between strings. Hopefully some of the quirks get sorted out. He mentioned that he has a new formulation for the Sugars that squeak less.

Adam


I'd like to be more specific on the 'note center', but really can't: it's just a feeling that the true pitch is unclear to my ear, and to the elec. tuner as well.
That's been my impression with the Aquilas I've tried so far, *except*
for the High-G tuning set with "Bionylon" trebles- those seemed promising.
The Perla set I have here is said to be the same material, but for standard
tuning. I'll try those next and put my thoughts on them here afterwards.

My set for the last while, for reference:

EJ45 1, 2, 4, 5; Knobloch medium fluorocarbon 3; EJ43 6.


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