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D'Addario Releases Mandolin String Set Inspired by Chris Thile

By Angela Zammit - D'Addario
December 18, 2014 - 11:00 am

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D'Addario EXP74CM Mandolin String Set inspired by Chris Thile

D'Addario EXP74CM Mandolin String Set inspired by Chris Thile

New York, N.Y. — D'Addario is proud to introduce EXP74CM, a new custom medium coated mandolin set inspired by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile.

"This EXP coated phosphor bronze set is a custom-gauged hybrid based on Chris' preferred studio and tour setup," says Brian Johnson, D'Addario Product Specialist. "These strings feature warm and bright phosphor bronze tone with the optimal blend of playing tension and projection."

D'Addario's proprietary EXP coated mandolin strings now feature plain strings and hexagonal cores made of their revolutionary NY Steel. Envisioned, perfected, and manufactured by D'Addario in New York, this high-carbon hex core and plain steel wire have been meticulously engineered to be stronger and more consistent than any other standard musical wire, leading to a string with superior strength and pitch stability.

Forged, drawn, and coated to deliver unprecedented strength and pitch stability, each EXP set maintains that familiar uncoated tone while adding 3-5 times more durability.

Since he first appeared on the scene with Nickel Creek, Chris Thile has redefined what a truly gifted musician can do with a mandolin. From traditional Monroe-flavored Bluegrass, to sophisticated Newgrass, to delicate performances of J.S. Bach pieces, Thile's mastery of his instrument sets a high bar for all who follow. He comments, "D'Addario mandolin strings have long been the standard bearer of tone and playability."

EXP74CM Tension Chart

EXP74CM Tension Chart

Giveaway

D'Addario and the Mandolin Cafe will announce a giveaway of EXP74CM mandolin strings in the near future. 5 winners will be selected with each receiving 5 sets of the new EXP74CM plus a mandolin strap, NS Micro Tuner and Mandolin Capo.

About D'Addario

D'Addario & Company, Inc. is the world's largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories, marketed under several product divisions: D'Addario Fretted and Orchestral Strings, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks, Puresound, D'Addario Woodwinds, and D'Addario/Planet Waves Accessories. A family-owned and -operated business with more than 1,100 employees worldwide, the company manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S., employing Toyota's Lean manufacturing principles. D'Addario has a distribution network in 120 countries and serves more than 3,000 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and more than 3,000 endorsing artists.

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mandopixie
December 18, 2014 12:44 PM
According to the tension charts on D'Addario's site, the D strings at .026" are stated to string up to a different tension load depending on the set of which they are a part: 74, 75 and 74CM.
I wonder if this is related to the tension of the rest of the strings in the set, or are they all 'different' .026" PB strings?
OldSausage
December 18, 2014 03:15 PM
Quote from mandopixie: According to the tension charts on D'Addario's site, the D strings at .026" are stated to string up to a different tension load depending on the set of which they are a part: 74, 75 and 74CM.
I wonder if this is related to the tension of the rest of the strings in the set, or are they all 'different' .026" PB strings? End Quote

The mass of these strings must be different.
Eddie Sheehy
December 18, 2014 04:49 PM
Are they Catholic strings, then?
mandomurph
December 18, 2014 11:29 PM
Strange. I ordered a two sets of these strings last week and they cancelled my order because they were out of stock.
biologyprof
December 18, 2014 11:54 PM
Quote from mandomurph: Strange. I ordered a two sets of these strings last week and they cancelled my order because they were out of stock. End Quote

Guess I got lucky. I placed an order for 2 of the new sets with Strings and Beyond on December 11. I couldn't find any other vendors with these strings in stock at that time. The 2 sets arrived in just a few days with a nice thank you and a cheery holiday wish from Wanda. I haven't put the strings on my mandolin yet.
3rdegree
December 19, 2014 01:01 PM
Same here, ordered two sets and my order was cancelled.
Clement Barrera-Ng
December 19, 2014 04:32 PM
Quote from 3rdegree: Same here, ordered two sets and my order was cancelled. End Quote

Did you order from Strings and Beyond as well? And was there any explanation? I was thinking about getting a couple sets myself esp with their free shipping offer running currently.
shane8002
December 19, 2014 04:53 PM
just talked to strings and beyond yesterday... they ran out of stock but just got a new shipment in as of yesterday. they said they were fulfilling all orders they were placed.
mandopixie
December 19, 2014 05:01 PM
Quote from OldSausage: The mass of these strings must be different. End Quote

A different mass D string for each set, or the rest are different? I'm still confused by this.
Scott Tichenor
December 19, 2014 05:12 PM
Just got the green light from my contact Don at D'Addario. We're going to hold a giveaway linked from the Cafe home page starting Christmas Eve and we'll select five winners one week later on New Year's Eve. Each winner receives:

5 EXP74CM string sets
D'Addario Mandolin Strap
NS Micro Tuner
Mandolin Capo

That's a pretty nice chunk of change there.

Yea, yea, hold the capo jokes please. D'Addario makes then and they have their place on banjos. Never been one to get hung up on their use. Don't use one myself but would never begrudge anyone that did.
mandopixie
December 19, 2014 07:22 PM
smile
biologyprof
March 05, 2015 06:54 PM
"Guess I got lucky. I placed an order for 2 of the new sets with Strings and Beyond on December 11. I couldn't find any other vendors with these strings in stock at that time. The 2 sets arrived in just a few days with a nice thank you and a cheery holiday wish from Wanda. I haven't put the strings on my mandolin yet."

Bummer! While putting on the first set one of the E strings broke. I had to open the second pack to remove one of its E strings to use as a replacement. This E string also broke while installing. The last remaining E string was put on my A5G without incident but that left me with 3/4 of a set of strings. I ended up ordering 8 additional just-in-case single E strings in this guage for future use. I couldn't find any areas on the nut where the strings were sticking in the slot nor burrs on the tuners. Still, it certainly could be installer's error. However, am I correct in recalling that there once was a problem with E string breakage in similar sets not too long ago?
mandopixie
March 05, 2015 07:48 PM
Quote from biologyprof: However, am I correct in recalling that there once was a problem with E string breakage in similar sets not too long ago? End Quote

Yes, you are, there was, and it did. I suffered. Oh, how I suffered (J75 sets) - but Uncle D'Addario made it all better by sending replacement strings, and a few sets thrown in for good measure.
Thanks again, Uncle D. for being so right on. Now, that's what I call customer service.
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