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« on: February 09, 2011, 01:03:25 AM »

Anyone compared DR Sunbeams and Rares?

I may be falling for hype (not the first time  rolleye) but the company claims Rares are different sounding while also low tension. I just stared playing Sunbeams because they are low tension.

How do these strings compare for playability and tone??
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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2011, 01:30:11 AM »

Haven't compared them, but I use the Rare's on my guitars.  Great sounding strings that last quite a while as well.  I used to use Newtones, but switched over a year ago and haven't looked back.

Give them a shot and see what you think.

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« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2011, 07:16:38 PM »

I plan on getting some  (DR Rares) Monday (if Elderly has them) and will be giving them a try.
I'll do a follow-up, but it will be a couple weeks down the road with my busy work load.
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2011, 09:11:45 PM »

  I put "rares" on my F-III and IV. The F-IV would not tune up right at first and I thought the strings were bad (I installed them correctly) But anyway after the neck settling in a few weeks with the lower tension it sounds great. And I do like the sound of the "rares" a lot.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2011, 09:29:35 PM »

  I put "rares" on my F-III and IV. The F-IV would not tune up right at first and I thought the strings were bad (I installed them correctly) But anyway after the neck settling in a few weeks with the lower tension it sounds great. And I do like the sound of the "rares" a lot.
Thanks Dan.
So do you think:
A they are lower tension?
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B They sound different from other PB strings?
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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2011, 10:07:03 PM »

Thanks Dan.
So do you think:
A they are lower tension?
and
B They sound different from other PB strings?

Yup
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2011, 10:59:34 PM »

Cool  I really am enjoying the Sunbeams, but I'll give them a try too.    bowdown
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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2011, 03:26:33 AM »

I tried DR Rares 3 times on an Ovation I once had. I tried coated and uncoated versions they sounded great but only for about 2weeks. For that reason I was reluctant to try Sunbeams on the Larrivee. I'm glad I did . The Sunbeams are the best sounding best feeling strings I've ever used. I've had them on for a month now and they still sound fresh. Perhaps I'll give the rares another go on the Larrivee. 
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2011, 08:08:05 PM »

I  have been trying to  figure out some guitar stuff, and tried both Silk and Steels and DR Sunbeam 11's on my 00.  yak Too slack for that guitar.

So I strung it with DR Rare 12's yesterday, and I really like them so far! Great tone for that box. So far I don't think they are that exceptionally  flexible or that low in tension (for that the Sunbeams are great - love them on my L), but they do seem to have that DR "Compression Wrap" thing so maybe they should be compared to other maker's mediums.   But they sound more in the range of D'Addario EJ-12's with more complexity and to my ears less brightness.  More like Newtone Masterclass, which is a compliment.

Thanks Danny  
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Larrivee's '07  L-09 (40th Commemorative); '09 00-03 S.E; '08 P-09
Eastman '07 AC 650-12 Jumbo (NAMM)
Martin   '11 D Mahogany (FSC Golden Era type)
Voyage-Air '10 VAOM-06
-the nylon string-
Goya (Levin) '58 G-30
-dulcimer-
'11 McSpadden
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