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Willie-O Mandolin strings advice please (20) RE: Mandolin strings advice please 10 Aug 11

Elixirs...or the D'addarios as mentioned. An older, delicate mandolin is best with lights, a sturdy bluegrass instrument or bluegrass-style player pretty much demands mediums.

Although I play mostly Celtic style, for which you're supposed to prefer a round-hole A-Style mando for the extra sustain, I played one for a number of years and concluded that a bluegrass instrument is more responsive to my aggressive playing I now play an Eastman A-505 with the medium strings.

I hate changing them and mostly do it when they break, so I always end up with mismatched sets and my "spare" sets have E's and A's there a cure for this malady?


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