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  • #69072

    I had to change all my strings a couple of weeks ago. Normally I find my harp responds best to Vanderbilt strings, but alas….They are no more. I didn’t want to take a chance on Burgundy, and I didn’t have time to wait for Camac strings to arrive, so I went with Bows, which I recalled I wasn’t crazy about on this harp. But…..I must say, that now that the board has come up a little, the Bows sound really really great on it. It sounds soooooooooooooooooooo sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful with the new strings. I put Pirastro nylons on the top octave and 2 notes. To me they sing the sweetest.

    Briggsie

    #69073
    brook-boddie
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    Briggsie, remind me–what kind of harp do you have?

    #69074

    Hi Brook….

    I have a Camac Athena concert grand (extended board).

    Briggsie

    #69075
    sherry-lenox
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    Hi Briggsie- Did you have your harp regulated, or regulate it yourself, after you changed the strings?

    I had my Wurlitzer regulated in early August, and as much as I loved it before, I can’t get enough time in on it now, it sounds and feels so great.

    When the time comes I will be using Bow lever guage (it’s a Howard Bryan harp), so it’s nice to hear that you’re happy with the pedal guage Bows.

    #69076
    Jerusha Amado
    Participant

    Hi Briggs (and all),

    Just wanted to chime in that the last strings I used on my Salzedo before I sold it were Burgundy, which are cheaper than Bow brand.

    #69077
    tony-morosco
    Member

    I use Burgundy on my L& H and also think it sounds no different than the regular Bow Brand strings. The visual imperfections don’t bother me at all, you can’t really notice them unless you are right

    #69078
    andy-b
    Participant

    I use Burgundy on my Athena and also on the Clio I had before. I think they sound great, even better to me than the original Camac strings, and much cheaper.

    Cheers,

    Andy

    #69079
    mccall-williams
    Participant

    For the last several years, and maybe longer?, Lyon and Healy has had a sale on their strings in December.. 10% off full octaves as I recall.

    #69080
    sherry-lenox
    Participant

    I’ve googled this question and received conflicting responses. Does Burgundy sell lever gut?

    It makes me nervous when I worry about getting the perfect strings for the Wurlitzer.

    #69081

    Sherry, no I had it regulated professionally.

    #69082

    I use Vanderbilt wires, Jerusha. I use silver and copper. I don’t like the coated ones.

    #69083
    Jerusha Amado
    Participant

    Thanks, Briggs!

    #69084

    I’ve never tried Burgundy.My favorite strings are Bow brand; to me they sound better than V’bilt classic…a more rounded, bell-like sound. I just had to replace a bunch of strings so had the opportunity to compare. My hesitation about Burgundy is that while I don’t mind visual imperfections, I wouldn’t want any other kind of imperfections. Maybe some Burgundy enthusiasts will chime in here.

    #69085
    Jerusha Amado
    Participant

    Hi Eliza,

    Tony and I gave our opinions about Burgundy strings earlier in this thread.

    Has anyone heard of the Valkyrie Cordes brand?

    #69086

    I’m betting it depends on the harp which strings sound best. My Camac always had that rounded, bell-like sound with the Vanderbilt strings, but now that the board has pulled up some, it sounds much better with the Bow. Odd how that works. 🙂

    Briggsie

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