Replacement Sonus Faber grille strings?


Hi guys, the grille and stand strings on my Sonus Faber Guaneri Evolution speakers are beginning to sag.  While I know its a straight forward task to retension the grille strings, I am just thinking that at some point I will need to replace the strings. The stand strings look a bit more difficult as it will require me to dismantle the stand.  

Of course I have no intention of paying the ridiculous prices SF wants to charge me.  So does anyone know of a source for the string?
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 I have heard of people tightening the strings. As I understand it is not difficult but is time consuming.

 I have Sonus Faber Elipsa SE Red speakers and I don't use the string grills. Watch the strings on the grill as you play music, the strings noticeably vibrate. To my ears this can negatively affect the imaging. 
The ’silk strings’ of the SF speakers are IMHO....a design flaw...pure and simple.
They look nice, but they are truly a problem waiting to happen....as tboooe is now experiencing. Replacing or re-stringing the strings on the stands, or the grille, is a major head-ache and is no easy task. ( Unless one wants to pay to replace the strings or stands/grilles from SF....or their distributor; who sees $$$ signs immediately you inquire about this). IOW...a MAJOR PITA!

Otherwise, the GH’s, The GE’s and others in the line are nice/great speakers,LOL.
I have heard that fabric stores carry silk strings close to the ones used by Sf.
Definitely a PITA!  Good thing I love these speakers so darn much!

@daveyf , off topic but I just picked up another sub to go with my Evolutions.  I am in the process of dialing it in now.  I just bought a calibrated mic and will be using Room EQ Wizard to help me.  Hopefully I will be able to integrate a second sub into my system.
tboooe, I will be interested in your thoughts about the 2nd sub. I have been told that in a small room...like ours, that two subs can actually be detrimental. This, due to the probability of overloading the room. I have not experimented with two subs, even though I do own two REL t5's. Do report back on your findings.
@daveyf, the one thing I have going for me is my room may not be an acoustically small room.  Behind my seating position is only a 3' tall wall, above that is open to my family room and kitchen.  

I will say, so far so good.  The second sub adds more punch.  Note that I do not listen at high volume (~70db).  Whats interesting to me is that I never thought the music I listen to had much bass at all.  But if i place my hand near the subwoofer cone, I can feel it moving quit a bit even during parts of songs that I didnt realize even had bass below 40hz which is about where I crossed the subs over.  Anyway, I will keep you posted.
How much does SF want to charge you? Just curious.
Yo TBoooe...

How do you like your evos?  I've been eyeing one for some time now.
Yo TBoooe...

How do you like your evos?  I've been eyeing one for some time now.
joey_v!!  great to hear from you.  Hope all is well.

I absolutely love the Evos! In my smallish room they give me everything I want in a speaker.  I just added 2 Rel T 5i subs and now my system sounds great!  Of course, as with all things audio its all subjective.  But if you like the Sonus Faber sound then you wont be disappointed by the Evos!
Tbooe!

i have the SF olympica 3 so I like the SF sound bud

I checked with my local dealer. For my Cremona, the cost would be $1,000 for two grill assemblies. Ridiculous. So, we tighten up our strings by simply pulling on them and re-knotting them. On the Cremona, the string is knotted  at the bottom and does a loop over the top and back down and is knotted there.  So each length gives 2 grill strings. We just pulled on one end until both sides were  taut and re-knotted it. Pretty easy. Small hands help.

You can get elastic banding cord at most fabric stores. or craft stores. Here is one option. It is a little larger than what is on my Cremona but it could be used. I am pretty sure there are smaller sizes available. It was $3 for 5 yards at my local fabric store.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002XNLK88/ref=twister_B00BXQEZVU?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1

Take a look at the pictures here, especially the second one.

http://www.tapeheads.net/showthread.php?t=6007


 

I’ve seen this with the Amati’s, I believe they sag with humid days and stay that way because they’re hanging on their own weight.

Maybe if you spray/wet them with water, then dry them in the dryer, they’ll shrink a bit like a tee-shirt does when they’ve been dried in a dryer.

Cheers George
You need 1mm Fabric Elastic Cord it comes in a 328ft roll. You can purchase on EBay for about $35ea. You're going to need about 900ft. I replaced both sets on my Amati's Homage last year and they look like new.  By the way it took me three hours each.  

Have fun!!
Dtc, that photo is why I stated what I did above! I hate to think what would be involved to try and rectify those darn strings...
pjm2116. I presume you are talking of the speaker grills for the AH.
The speaker grill strings for the GH’s and I believe the other G’s are not the same diameter as the base grill strings. Replacing the base grill strings or the speaker grill strings looks to be a PITA!
As Dtc stated, the price to replace these strings from the dealer is ridiculous.
Such a shame as the speakers are very special...the strings are not, IMHO.
They are fabric\elastic try the wetting them, and then pop them in the dryer, they just need a little shrinkage, what have you got to loose.

Cheers George  
I resorted to just cutting off the little piece of metal at the bottoms of each string and re-knotting them as mentioned above.  No way I am paying $1000 to have these redone.  In the meantime I will check out the various replacement options listed above.