I decided to try some Galli Silk and Steel strings on my Latcho Drom last night. I've been using Argentine MFs. So after stringing up and tuning, I noticed a big difference in volume and tone. The guitar's volume was significantly reduced, and the timbre was much rounder and softer -- it didn't have that bright, clacky/glassy sort of overtone/timbre. But the tone was nice -- warm. I missed the volume, so I'll likely restring soon with Argies 11's.
But it got me thinking... what was Django's tone really like? On the recordings, which of course are not full frequency, he gets a warm, round sound -- I don't hear any of that glassy brightness. Do you think Django's tone was really warm and round, and maybe not super loud -- or more like a "modern", bright, loud Gypsy style guitar sound?