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    Whats the loudest string have you used?
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    The one that pulls the firing pin on a Cannon.

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    What kind of cannon? Now let the rest of you guys,let me know?
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    Strings themselves don't posess volume. They have the 'potential' to sound 'different' re.volume/tone,on any particular instrument.If you want your particular Mandolin to sound loud,then you'll have to experiment with different makes & gauges of string until you find a set that delivers what you want,
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    Heavier one's, but only if the mandolin can handle them, and also some mandolins just sound tight with heavier strings, while others love them, each one is different.
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    I find the heavier you go with string gauges, the duller the sound. The overall thud might make some needle jump a little higher, but the upper partials of the note are gone and the notes just don't cut.

    I think the key to volume is playing technique. I have encountered numerous players over the years who are just loud. They take any instrument that would would be deemed quiet in the hands of others, and when they play them, ouch. This includes Italians with extra-thin picks and mediocre instruments. Stentorian.
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    I personally think bronze strings are louder than flatwound if you're going for loud.
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    One other thing that i've noticed many times,if the Mandolin is physically 'warm' ie.at a normal living room temp.,both my instruments respond much more & sound 'louder' that they do when i've just taken them out of their cases. I'm certainly NOT advocating holding the Mandolin in front of a fire or radiator to warm them up,just let them get up to room temp.,tune them up (they will go out of tune as they warm) & they should sound much better. I can only state my particular experience,for others it might be different,but a close friend who is also a Mandolin player has agreed with me on this in the past,as he too,finds his instrument responds better when 'warm',
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