I used these strings for my first instrument design, a tambura-style "monochord" on solid mahogany board. So I don't have anything to compare them against, but having said that, I am very happy with their sound - exactly what I was looking for. The fact that they come in a set of 12 with a loop-end turned out to be very convenient. Their length was only slightly longer than what I actually needed so that was perfect as well. Rather than buying a bulk spool and cutting strings from this and attempting to make loop-ends myself, this set of strings looks far more consistent and professional. That makes it worth it that they are slightly more pricey per unit. Also, upon delivery I took them out of their package and hung them on their loop-ends on nails in the wall (organized by the different dimensions I bought) which makes it very convenient to store, access and use the strings.
Following Bing Futch's suggestion, I switched from DAD to CGC and brought my string gauges up to 28-18-14. Richer sound, consistent tension across all three strings. Still a slight buzzing in my middle string, which isn't fully seating in the old tighter A-string grooves, but that will settle down soon, I think.
Good product. I prefer the tone of the bronze wound. Swapped them out on two dulcimers so far.
Thanks for all your help.
I ordered the wrong strings and Richard kindly told me to return them and he would replace them at no charge to me including shipping. It was my mistake and I sent them back with the cost of shipping. It would have been wrong of me to have taken advantage of his courtesies. Richard was wonderful to deal with and sent the correct strings within days. Regards, Erwin
Richard is very patient and super knowledgeable. He builds the best
Instruments and will guide you if you want a