So i just strung up my trusty old dano 12-string with a set of pyramid golds, i thought i might as well try them because they are the cheapest flatwound strings i can find.
really really like them. then i was setting the intonation, because i needed to, it was way off.
i was just about to get the octave A string intonated when BOOM. snapped right off.
i yelled "balls!". and then i realised, i can only get these strings from germany ffs, and it's not like i can just replace the string with any old string - the octave A is wound.. not just wound - flat wound pure nickel... so any other wound string will sound out of place. a plain string won't be intonated but it's better than nothing i suppose.
So, first set of pyramids and one of the strings breaks instantly. am i just unlucky or is this a common thing? who knows...
aside from the lack of an octave A, these are really nice strings - they sound softer but somewhat crisper than d'addario chromes. they feel smoother and easier to play too. I think these have become my new flatwounds of choice.
an update on this story - i messaged thomann.de asking if i could by a single string, and when i got a reply to say they couldn't get them in stock just to sell one, i bought a random ernie ball plain string to replace the broken one, as it'll do for now. the very next day i got another message from thomann informing me that they got in touch with pyramid who have offered to send me a replacement, and they just wanted to know if it was ok for them to pass on address on to them so they could post it to me
very good of thomann, and pyramid, to give me a free replacement even after i'd offered to pay