OK, I last changed strings on the 1st of September 2016, more than 200 hours of playing ago! So much for my commitment to change them more often. Anyway, last night I changed them again.
I liked the mellow tone the old bass strings had. The new ones sound raspy to my ear, but I suppose I’ll get used to them soon enough. They certainly can’t be accused of being dull.
My motivation for changing strings this time was that some pieces called for harmonics, something that doesn’t work well with lifeless strings. I can hear the harmonics ring out much clearer with the new strings.
They seem to have settled in much quicker this time. They were barely out of tune when I picked up the guitar today. Maybe I’m getting better at fitting them, though I don’t know why I should be because I’ve had no practice.