I've got a vintage bowlback I've been working to get into playable condition. I had first put on GHS Silk and Steel strings because that's what the fellow at my local music shop recommended as not having much tension. With all the messing about I've been doing, I managed to pull the mando in two at the neck. Not sure if it was the strings or just the fact that the neck was only held on by a half inch dowel and some glue in the first place.
I've now strengthened it with a bolt and got out the bow that used to be there at the joint. I put on some Jazzmando flatwound strings because of a recommendation on this board.
I'll see how it goes with those, but I thought I'd throw this whole thing out for advice. What strings would you put on an old bowlback and why?
BTW, for more info on this mandolin and what atrocities I've been committing on it, see my blog.