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I strongly suspect that if you were unaware of the tweeter material you were listening to, you'd be hard pressed to guess what it is.
Vandersteen has been mentioned a few times in this thread. ..I owned Vandersteen 3A sigs for many years and they were wonderful wonderful speakers. I didn't find them to be bright at all except of course when listening to bright music.
Because they were a bit ugly (look like coffins) I needed to replace them when I moved my system to our family/great room. My new speakers, Paradigm Signature S8 v2's feature a Beryllium tweeter and they sound just as smooth, natural, and non-fatiquing as my Vandersteens.
About all this bright talk..
What are you listening too that sounds so bright? ..And how lively is your listening room? ..Sometimes (and maybe most of the times) brightness is wrongly blamed on the speakers when in fact it's the room, or maybe your listening to music that is poorly recorded or is just inherently bright. Most people don't realize that REAL non-amplified instruments can begin to grate if you listen to them long enough or up close enough. Any speaker that NEVER sounds fatiguing no matter what you listening to, or how loud or how long is probably not very linear/accurate (ie., not a very good speaker). Personally, I prefer an accurate speaker that makes well recorded music sound its best, then make use of my treble/bass controls whenever I encounter a song that strikes me as bit too bright or bass-heavy. ..Yes, this may amount to mangling the original wave form, but who cares? ..If the original wave form is grating why not do this rather than not listen to the song?