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Postby ansel » Sun May 21, 2006 3:22 pm

I recently purchased a half-dozen sets of strings from a major supplier (off the Internet), and, I have to say, I am disapointed with the quality I recieved.

I have been purchasing, locally, Martin Marquis, Mediums, for years, and have always been more than satisfied with them. I decide to order off the net, and got sub-standard results!

Is there such a thing as "seconds" in strings? Has anyone else been burnt?


BTW: Been gone awhile. I had a terrible winter, medicals, etc.. It's good to be back!
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Postby lightninboy » Sun May 21, 2006 6:40 pm

Most string companies have bad batches of strings from time to time.
I've noticed this over many years.
I don't think these bad batches are assigned, just bad luck if you happen across them.
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Postby maxx england » Mon May 22, 2006 3:54 pm

Forgive my ignorance of metallurgy, but could there perhaps be an age/oxidisation issue here? You don't know how long things can be in storage unless they have batch or date information on the packet.
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Postby ricochet » Mon May 22, 2006 5:12 pm

With brass or bronze wound strings, that's a big issue.
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Postby lightninboy » Mon May 22, 2006 9:40 pm

Certainly possible.
It may also be a batch of sub-standard alloy's, a faulty winding machine, who know's. I've also noticed that some brands skimp on nickel content.
I used GHS Boomers for years back in the 80's. 3or 4 sets a week.
All of a sudden, a new batch came in and the nickel wore thin in half the time.
I pointed this out to the shop owner, who after first arguing, ended up agreeing and wrote to the company.
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Postby 1dustyeod » Tue May 23, 2006 11:22 am

I get all my strings from http://www.juststrings.com in 10 packs. I haven't had any problems.

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Postby santo » Thu May 25, 2006 5:08 pm

I've always been satified with the Marquis Med's and recently went to light gauge strings. I have never felt the need to buy strings in bulk due to the excellent life they have in both gauges.
This might be one of those cases where trying to save a few dollars has cost you in quality and practicallity.
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Postby ricochet » Thu May 25, 2006 5:39 pm

santo wrote:This might be one of those cases where trying to save a few dollars has cost you in quality and practicallity.
I wouldn't generalize from that. I, too, buy strings in bulk from http://juststrings.com/ and am perfectly satisfied.
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