I just put my Antiquites back into the R8 tonight and compared to the R7 with the BB 1 and 2. Hmm... Antiquities are the ticket. The BB 1 and 2 are really good, no doubt, but the Antiquities have better string definitition, just better tone. Not like night and day diffrences, but more on the subtle side. I'd say the BB's are more like Seths than Antiquities.
Can't go wrong with any of them.