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Had a intervieuw This afternoon whit Roman ZAJICEK "Rozawood Guitars"Tsjechie.

He is a Master Luthier maybee the Best there is in Europe,from the Old school Builders.

There was a Workshop at The Fellowship of Acoustics near my hometown in Dedemsvaart Holland.

In the intervieuw we talk on topics like strings,Woods,dobro's, that past ,while we where at the workshop in the Vintage & rare guitar store from Rudi Bults The Fellowschip of Acoustics in Dedemsvaart,Holland.

His guitars have a distinctif sound that have no comparance whit standaard American or other Europian Guitars.So i started of asking him about strings, myself i am having some resevations on the choice of strings,i dont think it has to do whit what brand, but more what strings u use for what sound on what instrument, like you have the Lapsteel ;it uses thick and smooth strings, but i can not use those on my Dobro,and  big roundwounds sound to rambling  to my ear.

The other Day i broke a string on my long time set of Martins&co "Silk&Steel", who i like on my Dobro and some of my own builds,Seeing a Video by "Roy Rodgers"years ago he recomended them and i stuck whit that for years,but now they where out of sale and i had to make do whit "Martins& co"Vintage, whits  i find not that swell to my ears, and when i quot BrianQ on this when he remarked me on a Ry Cooder Quot : that he liked his strings for slide to be flat & stail for optimum sliding.While de same set (i bothTwo) sounds a millioen on my Susuki "Nagoya"est 1885 .And like on my Favorit CBG Slider i have a Ernie Ball Set 008 from ADGB,sounding whit a humbucker pickup mind you superbo,So what do you think is the consensus on this ;

Thick or Thin? Flatwound or Roundwound? copperwound or silverwound? cheap or exspencif?

Is there any theory on this ? and what are your exspirience?

A.D.Eker     Builder/Player  BCB (BlackCatBone)  CBG's Holland.

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Comment by BrianQ. 10 hours ago

I have seen those Thomastik strings here in the states, they’re premium strings for sure 

Comment by BrianQ. 10 hours ago

You should try La Bella flats if you can get them, they’re a really nice string, I have been using them for decades, I never had any problems with breakage, they have been making this string for a real long time, I’m sure you’ve heard of them? Cheers 

Comment by Andries D. EKER 11 hours ago

The picture is below Jazz Swing for ArchTops from Vienna Austria!.

Comment by BrianQ. yesterday

What brand of flats? Have you tried D’Addario silk & steel, not flats but definitely a good string?

Comment by Andries D. EKER on Friday

Here is a pic from a factory setup in string land from the Didario & ernie Ball plants , on how they produse the strings.

Comment by Andries D. EKER on Friday

Finaly found some FLAT Wound strings to my liking ! they are pricy but worth the buy !!

Comment by Andries D. EKER on Wednesday

They keep popping up! no good flat wounds found yet ! 

Comment by Andries D. EKER on Wednesday

Comment by BrianQ. on November 9, 2018 at 8:26pm

Well, every manufacturer has their cheaper models & really that just means cheaper materials? As far as I know Martin still manufactures here? But really anything is possible? Check out the Clapton acoustic set made by Martin, they’re pretty good, he’s never put his name on anything that wasn’t any good. Most off brands of strings are made in China. Guitar center & Music go round here in the states have their own strings but really just rebranded chinese manufacture? I know a lot of major companies have their packaging printed in China? I’ve never understood this,but anything to save a buck? Do they have Elderly brand strings there? Those are made in Southern California, I’ve seen the row of winders in the warehouse, it’s pretty badass! And the strings are good, but fetch a premium price, well worth paying.

Comment by Andries D. EKER on November 9, 2018 at 3:23pm

Thanks BrianQ! Thats qualety info ! There Bud Thanks!! How about the New Martins&Co new line Made in China !! USA Brand that produced in China ! Say's so on the rapper? inferior Material? how can this be ? Whil this not damage the reputation ? for now the strings perform purfectly they are on two weeks now, and still ring like New !

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