Hi All, my first post on this particular board.
I've been playing mandolin for around 40 years; guitar for longer, and I'm just awaiting delivery of my first OM. I suppose I should have asked this question before I ordered it but would like your opinion on the string options available. It has a 20.25" scale length and is built to take ball end strings.
Ball ends for an OM seem relatively rare on this side of the pond - maybe the same on the US side? Newtone are based about 20 miles down the road from me so they are one possible option but most of the usual suspects; e.g. d'Addario, seem to limit their OM strings to loop end.
I know that its possible to remove balls from strings but has anyone tried inserting them?
The simplest option would be to use guitar singles but they're not easily available in the UK and quite expensive - what do other players do?