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Johnny6950

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Greetings, I went on the juststrings.com web site and saw La Bella sitar strings being sold. I had used La Bella strings once before till I discovered some of the web sites that sell pyramid strings and some others. I had liked the looped ends on the strings of the La Bella pack, it made changing them fast and saved my fingers from getting stabbed every once in a while. However they only make 11 sympathetic strings unless someone knows if they make a full kharaj set with 13 sympathetic strings. Also what is Goldine? and whats the difference in using brass. Forgive my lack of knowledge on string construction. I think the thicker strings on the pyramid are brass if someone can help me. I also checked out the gauges of the La Bella against other strings. They seem to be a heavier gauge, especially the Ma String which is a 14 gauge on the La Bella and 12 on most others. I don't meend very much when I play my sitar as I don't play Indian Classical Music. I mostly play to satisfy myself and I play in the key of C tuning, equal temperment using a guitar tuner. ( Although I love to listen to Indian Classical Music) so a 14 gauge string doesn't really bother me. I just felt some Strict classical players throwing up. Please relax, as I said I play the sitar for my own enjoyment. So what is your expert advise on strings keeping in mind I'm just below novice stage and too old to learn new tricks. Thanks
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cwroyds

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Get some Pyramid strings from http://www.raincitymusic.com.
Pyramids are far superior to other strings. (IMHO)
They are a bit pricy but so good.

The regular set from http://www.aacm.org are pretty good too.

I have heard that the La Bella ones kinda bite.
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Hey Johnny6950,

Just so you know, we've been carrying Pyramid strings for years, both the Silver plated and The Golden line. Pyramids, IMHO are consistent in quality and are far superior than anything else out there. The sympathetic's are sold, at least with us in sets of 13 strings, and can be ordered with or without the main set. Differences between the silver and gold?...guess you have to experiment and try a set out...based on sales/demand, most of our customers prefer the gold.

Here's the link for the strings. http://www.kalakendar.com/index.php?cPath=43_51_95

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LaBellas are terrible and they use the wrong gauges and don't use bronze for the 2,3,4 strings. Don't waste your money. There are plenty of options out there for sitar.
Pyramids are the best although get the silver plated ones as the strings/alloy used in the gold set are much cheaper wire sets developed for marketing in India, etc.
The RCM set I carry/make come looped if you want it except for the sympathetics. It's European wire, same as used by Hiren Roy.

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Hello,

I've been using Pyramid wire up to now (I used to use their guitar wire too) and they are excellent quality, but I've found the bajtar (main string) on their sitar & surbahar sets to be a bit on the 'light' side & flap around a bit when playing taans. This is with Sa taken at 284Hz (between C# & D).

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Johnny6950

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I know I'm late at a response, I've been doing some research and found that the pyramid strings are really the best value when weighing in the quality of the string. Lars, I will be ordering strings from you on the Rain City site because I've been a customer of Sitars etc in the past and I had a fond friendship with the late Bharat who I miss still. Many times I was on the phone with him and he answerd my questions with patience and kindness. So when I come back from vacation I'll start ordering. Also thank you all who have responded to this post.
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