Hey I am a long time reader on this site and just joined. I own an Engelhardt EM-1 and have for quite some time. I always see everyone posting that the factory strings are horrible and that it needs a setup. Well I work for an independent dealer of Engelhardt and when I received mine the setup was very low and the strings sound pretty good. I am wondering if my wholesaler did any alterations to it or anything like that. The strings have a dark purple thread at nut and saddle and appear to be Thomastik Dominants, but I didn't know if there were any knockoff strings that used the same thread pattern or anything like that, and the setup is your typical, business card height at nut and very low at bridge. I primarily play old school punk rock, and psychobilly and like the tone of the strings that are on there now because they are so bright, but didn't know if there was a good alternative with less tension without sacrificing, brightness.