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  1. dbmandolin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by darylcrisp
    neat comparison. I definitely heard differences between the 3. And what I found pretty amazing was, DB seemed to keep the same amount of pick pressure and force on all the tests.
    My fav was the standard phos bronze, but I liked what I heard in the monels and will definitely check them out. I've been using the nickel bronze on some guitars and will give those a try one day also.
    Really enjoyed this.
    d
    Ah, thanks for the kind words! Yeah, definitely check out the monels and nickel bronze sets. I think they're all really comparable, but they all have subtle nuances as you heard. Would love to hear what you like best on your instrument. Every axe responds differently to every set of strings.
  2. dbmandolin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Rush Burkhardt
    Thanks, Dave! I've been an EXP74 user since they arrived on the scene. That said, in the past couple of years I've tried Straight Ups(?) and did a beta test for D'Addario on the Monels. I have a tough time discerning between them. I had an even tougher time with the three sets you were gracious enough to A-B-C for us! (you get lots of extra points for all the string changing!) I'd agree A and D seemed to have just a touch more bite. As a bluegrass-er, that's important. As usual with D'Addarios, the consistency is a strong feature! I have stuck with the EXPs for this long primarily because they seem to stay alive longer! Thanks again for your work!
    Rush Burkhardt

    Hey Rush! Yeah, I generally use the D'Addario EXPCM74 set. I really like the longevity of the EXP coated strings too. You might enjoy the Nickel Bronze too. I think they have a similar long live and they break in a lot quicker.
  3. dbmandolin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sbenedict
    Thanks David Im gonna try the Monel. been using phosphor Bronze 11.5 16 .026 .040 seems to work for me we should pick sometime.
    Yeah! I think the phosphor bronze and monel strings are related. They've both got a lot of power with some subtle differences. Excited to hear what you think of them.
  4. dbmandolin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by RustyMutt
    Thanks for this. Also, "Rialto" was a great tune last night at Jalopy. Thanks for playing some of your instrumental compositions. Those are so rich and lots of fun.
    Ah, so glad you liked the new tune! It will be on the new Mile Twelve record coming out early spring!
  5. dbmandolin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ccravens
    Thanks for the video comparison!

    Totally off the subject, but that stache rules.
    Thanks man! Trying to carry on the mandolin mustache legacy.

  6. dbmandolin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Streip
    I spend about every other string change on EJ74, and use the alternating times to test out new things against my "baseline."

    One interesting observation I made was, after thrashing an EJ75 set for a few months, my mandolin seemed more open and complex when I went back to a medium-gauge set. That's been at least a year, though, so I don't know if I'm still hearing the same thing.

    I think my new go-to set might be the Monels, but I'm a tinkerer, and also not a touring musician whose livelihood depends on playing great mandolin with a consistent timbre! Keep up the fantastic work!
    That's awesome Drew! Let me know what you think of the Monels. Had them on my mandolin for a few weeks and was really digging them. Channeling my inner Sam Bush!
  7. darylcrisp's Avatar
    neat comparison. I definitely heard differences between the 3. And what I found pretty amazing was, DB seemed to keep the same amount of pick pressure and force on all the tests.
    My fav was the standard phos bronze, but I liked what I heard in the monels and will definitely check them out. I've been using the nickel bronze on some guitars and will give those a try one day also.
    Really enjoyed this.
    d
  8. Rush Burkhardt's Avatar
    Thanks, Dave! I've been an EXP74 user since they arrived on the scene. That said, in the past couple of years I've tried Straight Ups(?) and did a beta test for D'Addario on the Monels. I have a tough time discerning between them. I had an even tougher time with the three sets you were gracious enough to A-B-C for us! (you get lots of extra points for all the string changing!) I'd agree A and D seemed to have just a touch more bite. As a bluegrass-er, that's important. As usual with D'Addarios, the consistency is a strong feature! I have stuck with the EXPs for this long primarily because they seem to stay alive longer! Thanks again for your work!
    Rush Burkhardt
  9. sbenedict's Avatar
    Thanks David Im gonna try the Monel. been using phosphor Bronze 11.5 16 .026 .040 seems to work for me we should pick sometime.
  10. RustyMutt's Avatar
    Thanks for this. Also, "Rialto" was a great tune last night at Jalopy. Thanks for playing some of your instrumental compositions. Those are so rich and lots of fun.
  11. ccravens's Avatar
    Thanks for the video comparison!

    Totally off the subject, but that stache rules.
  12. Drew Streip's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dbmandolin
    Hey Drew! Thanks for checking out the video! Definitely was a fun experiment and I enjoyed different aspects of all the strings. I typically use the DíAddario EXPCM74 set but I also frequent the Nickel Bronze set same gauge. After doing this Iím excited to spend more time with the Monels. Really cool sound. What do you normally use?
    I spend about every other string change on EJ74, and use the alternating times to test out new things against my "baseline."

    One interesting observation I made was, after thrashing an EJ75 set for a few months, my mandolin seemed more open and complex when I went back to a medium-gauge set. That's been at least a year, though, so I don't know if I'm still hearing the same thing.

    I think my new go-to set might be the Monels, but I'm a tinkerer, and also not a touring musician whose livelihood depends on playing great mandolin with a consistent timbre! Keep up the fantastic work!
  13. dbmandolin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Streip
    Thanks David! I like different aspects of each, and I was very happy with the sound and longevity from the Monel set I've had on my mandolin.

    But the real question: Which set do you use? (Or do you, in fact, change for different settings?)
    Hey Drew! Thanks for checking out the video! Definitely was a fun experiment and I enjoyed different aspects of all the strings. I typically use the DíAddario EXPCM74 set but I also frequent the Nickel Bronze set same gauge. After doing this Iím excited to spend more time with the Monels. Really cool sound. What do you normally use?
  14. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    David, very nicely done.. useful info. That was a *lot* of work to make all of that happen. Appreciated.
  15. Drew Streip's Avatar
    Thanks David! I like different aspects of each, and I was very happy with the sound and longevity from the Monel set I've had on my mandolin.

    But the real question: Which set do you use? (Or do you, in fact, change for different settings?)
  16. Olga Egorova's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Luna Pick
    Olga, that was technically stunning and beautiful, thank you.
    🙏🏻Thank you very much!
  17. Olga Egorova's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by bbcee
    I remember being knocked out by her "subway version" of St. Anne's Reel on YT a couple of years ago. How great to hear what you're up to now, Olga, thanks!
    Thank you! Iím very pleased to know that!
  18. Mambolino's Avatar
    Thanks for all the nice comments about my music and myself!
  19. EvanElk's Avatar
    Nobody mentioned the smoke machine...
  20. Bud Barnwell's Avatar
    Absolutely awesome song. Got to check some more of your music out.
  21. Potosimando's Avatar
    Molto grazie, Massimo!

    Just to broaden the spectrum a bit, Massimo Gatti is not only a wonderfully talented and innovative mandolinist and musician, but he also is a gem of a person—generous with his time and his resources, as personable as all-get-out, with an ever-present demeanor of helpfulness. A kind and worthy friend to many.

    And…tomorrow you can wish Massimo a Happy Birthday (the “Eighth of January”, no less).

    Ciao, Massimo. Jim
  22. mandopixie's Avatar
    Beautiful song, Max. Bravo!
  23. Glassweb's Avatar
    Heart and soul in that one... very nice! Bravo Massimo!
  24. Demetrius's Avatar
    Beautiful!
  25. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, Massimo. Always great to hear your wonderful music!
  26. jmacstack's Avatar
    Is there mando tab written for this tune?
  27. Alfons's Avatar
    Superlative!
    I could listen to this over and over - oh wait ... I just did. Wonderful music, arrangement and technique. I have to go now so I can watch it some more.
  28. Luna Pick's Avatar
    Olga, that was technically stunning and beautiful, thank you.
  29. Clement Barrera-Ng's Avatar
    Just outstanding. I've seen a number of her videos before and I've never been more amazed by her playing. How she's not a household name in the music/mandolin community is beyond me.
  30. Doc Ivory's Avatar
    WOW!!!!
    That is just great Olga!
  31. Bud Barnwell's Avatar
    WOW!! Olga awesome! I'm blown away. Wonderfully done.
  32. EvanElk's Avatar
    Wow!!!! Brilliant musicianship
  33. MontanaMatt's Avatar
    Wow, my face just melted!
    Seems like the rest of the mandolin world isn't trying hard enough...
    The bar is raised quite high now.
    Bravo Olga!
  34. Gerry Cassidy's Avatar
    Simply amazing.

    I hope the rest of my week goes like this!
  35. bigskygirl's Avatar
    Wow!
  36. GTison's Avatar
    Makes it look so easy.
  37. trainmaster's Avatar
    I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE AMAZED!!!!!FANTASTIC!!!
    THANK YOU
  38. Philphool's Avatar
    Just WOW!
  39. bbcee's Avatar
    I remember being knocked out by her "subway version" of St. Anne's Reel on YT a couple of years ago. How great to hear what you're up to now, Olga, thanks!
  40. AMandolin's Avatar
    Tremendous, thank you Olga.
  41. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Wow, fantastic playing. Welcome, Olga!
  42. William Smith's Avatar
    Well done, Lately I've talked with CJ a bit about F-7's as ha has/had a few nice ones and honestly didn't know or never hear him play or his band and I must say I like it! I'm not a huge fan of newer bluegrass "mainly because too much out there with no time to listen!" but these guys get it done, they all have style and can play! Well done and that F-5 sounds pretty good to me!
  43. chasray's Avatar
    Thank you!
  44. Garry Greenland's Avatar
    Very, very nice work here. I really appreciate the tone and the style.
  45. Glassweb's Avatar
    Nice!
  46. Eric Hanson's Avatar
    WOW!
    You and Orch have some kind of presence!
    Thank you very much for sharing.
  47. Mandolin Architect's Avatar
    You both are sounding great brother! High and Lonesome!
  48. Mandolin Cafe's Avatar
    Welcome, CJ. Orch sounds great. Cool tune!
  49. EvanElk's Avatar
    A beautiful piece, beautifully played
  50. roberto's Avatar
    Thank you!! Honoured to be here!!
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