Thanks for your quick response and your knowledgeable insights! I have joined the FB group and will definitely follow it closely. And thanks for the contacts for the Transcale string manufacturer.
I realized that I put the wrong URL in my previous message. I found some transcale strings on Amazon (Music Zoo) here. However, they will not ship directly to Europe :( .
I totally agree with your comments; I have been considering buying a Steinberger for a while - just wished I had done so a lot sooner! Right now, I am still hesitating between the Transcale and the standard SS-2F models. Love the piezo and handy capo, but the difficulty in finding the longer double-ball strings and the added length of the Transcale were making me lean towards the standard models. It's a really tough choice.