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Kaplan K301W - loop or ball-end fiasco !
I am sometimes amazed at my own stupidity....
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Brora, North-east Scotland
May 25, 2014 - 5:03 am
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Just received the wound non-whistling E yesterday.  

Open the packet today to fit the string - oh no - it's a loop end - won't fit my fine-tuner, will it ?

I immediately email the supplier.

As I hit the "send button" - reality seeps in.

Pop the ball out of the old string and pop it into the loop on the new E

For GOODNESS SAKE BILL - get a grip!

Send a grovelling "recall/ignore my recent email".... ROFL

Anyway - I have a nice set of balanced tonality now on the EV.  Originally all Prelude, I replaced the E with the NW-E.   It is not that I actually *had* a problem with whistling on the Prelude E - it was just "too bright".  Play a scale now up from A - you can scarcely tell when you've moved onto the E string.... nicely balanced tonality.

Anyway - reason for the post - partly to let you have a laugh at my expense, and partly to give feedback on the (subjective) quality of the mixed string-set on the Harley Benton EV...

bunny-headbangbunny-headbangbunny-headbangbunny-headbang--- nope, it still doesn't hurt...

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Fort Lauderdale
May 25, 2014 - 10:29 am
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Thanks for the update Bill. Did we send you the wrong string?
So to sum it up, you feel like the E is not as bright or not "too bright" anymore?

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but the one who needs the least."

Brora, North-east Scotland
May 25, 2014 - 11:01 am
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LOL Pierre - no - it was my stupidity entirely - it was FAR too early in the morning when I was fitting the new string !

To sum it up - on the EV with the Preludes, I really felt the Prelude-E was overly bright, especially on string transitions between notes played on the A and the E - any note on the E just "sounded too different" in tonality to the same note played on the A 

The new string (and of course it is newly fitted, and may adapt as it settles in) better "matches" (in terms of what I refer to as "tonality") notes played on A - as I say - on stopped positions the sound from the NW-E sounds almost the same as if I had played the same note higher on A - and right now - I like that.  It "settles" me - I had the habit of trying to play more gently on the original E because it was beginning to annoy me ( ! )

I can drop the EQ on the treble via the inbuilt pre-amp - but - that's just "reducing the level" beyond a cut-off frequency - and just drops some of the higher notes on A as well of course.  The new D'Add Kaplan E (once I swapped the ball-end over pie_in_the_face-2223) has a warmer feel to it and seems to better match the other prelude strings which are still fitted.  Of course, it is all subjective, individual ear-dependent, and individual instrument relative - but I'm well happy !!!! 

I have a set of Zyex from you which I haven't used yet - I want to fit them on an acoustic really - and I want a better acoustic first ! LOL

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Byron Bay Australia

May 26, 2014 - 5:02 am
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Hi Bill.

Was thinking of getting the same string myself. Either that or the 'wound' Prelude.

The Larsen Virtuoso strings that I have now are fantastic but the E does sound a bit 'bright'. However, the problem may well be, in reality, not the string but the player. And that problem may be a little harder to change. rofl

Thanks for the info on the Kaplan

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Michigan, USA

May 27, 2014 - 12:53 am
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The "Kaplan" non-whistling E is what I use.


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May 28, 2014 - 1:15 am
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Thanks Ken... In the market for a warm but rich e string.  

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