Yeah, I just removed a set of year old lights and put on some PF135s. To my surprise, the old strings had more life in them than these PF135s. I mean, they’re not bad. The Shenandoah video I just posted was recorded right after I put them on. It just doesn’t have that twang it did with the lights.
Unfortunately, I’ve barely touched my banjo in the past year and I have no idea what the brand or gauge was of those strings I removed. I have a set of Elixir Nanoweb lights I’ll probably put on soon. There’s a good chance that’s what I took off. I have so many new packs of strings lying around there’s no telling what they were, honestly.
I always thought “heavier gauge, bigger sound” but with my Twanger, heavier strings seem to choke it out. The light strings I had on there allowed it to breathe and ring out. It definitely has more sustain with the lights. Goes against everything I thought I knew about strings.