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    Default Thomastik Infeld Strings

    I think I spelled that right, right? I tried them some years ago, and I thought them to be a rather muted string, but they had a TERRIFIC reputation.

    Me personally........I've migrated to D'Addario's over the years, for ALL my stringed instruments. They seem to hold up fairly well, once broken in.

    Not only that, but the Thomastik Infelds were expensive, as I recall. Anyone have any thoughts?????

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    I tried them a few years ago on my Weber Yellowstone, sounded OK. but too expensive.

    I now use strings from Mapes. They have been making musical wire for over 100 years. Good stuff.
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    Never heard of "Mapes." I'll investigate? Are they hard to find?????

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    I bought a couple of sets many years ago. Sounded OK, as I recall. I do not remember what mandolin I had back then, probably a Kentucky F 700 or the Ibanez red Jethro, but they both were quiet mandolins. What I do remember is breaking that wound A string. I always remembered the silky feel and eventually bought d’Addario FW74s. Forever is a long time, but I really feel that the string search is over for me. Use them on an A4 and an F5.
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    I tried them a few years ago on my Kentucky KM630s(it’s already not a loud mandolin), and it was noticeably quieter than with Elixir Nanowebs, but it sounded decent. It played really nice tho with the flatwound surface tho, just wish they would’ve been louder.
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    Played a friend's National Resophonic RM-1 last night, with Thomastiks fitted. Sublime feel and tone. I've no idea if they are quieter than other brands, but on the booming Resophonic, volume is never going to be a problem.

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    Default Re: Thomastik Infeld Strings

    Yeah, that was one thing about the Thomastik Infelds.....they were/are a round-wound string......easier on the fingers. They WERE, however........more muted.

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    Default Re: Thomastik Infeld Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by Soupy1957 View Post
    Yeah, that was one thing about the Thomastik Infelds.....they were/are a round-wound string......easier on the fingers. They WERE, however........more muted.
    Nah, the Thomastik strings we use on mandolin are usually flatwound. Elderly has them among others. Close to $50 per set. They are made like violin strings.

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    Default Re: Thomastik Infeld Strings

    Yep, you're right.........now that I think of it...........flat wound! I first heard about them from a Cello player, who said they were quite commonly used in professional musician circles in Symphonies.

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    I think TI's are AMAZING strings ...AND if money was no object at all, hey I'd use them often! Every set I've tried has exuded quality and maybe they are worth the price of admission...but with as many stringed instruments as I need to put strings on etc. no dice.

    D'Addario just makes great stuff; maybe a bit general purpose but that is what fits the bill most the time...carry on....:-)

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    Default Re: Thomastik Infeld Strings

    I used to love them, but the price has just got too steep for me, now an FW74 convert: the same feel as the TI's but a brighter louder tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soupy1957 View Post
    Never heard of "Mapes." I'll investigate? Are they hard to find?????
    Your D’Addrios are probably wound around Mapes, they make the core for most string companies. 50 years ago as I was a fairly new musician your string choices were Gibson, Martin, Black Diamond or Mapes. Today I think the only place to buy Mapes is from them. I go to their web site and order what I want. Different mandolins like different strings but Mapes make a variety that seems to suit each one.

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    Default Re: Thomastik Infeld Strings

    try Pyramid

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    I used to love experimenting with strings, but it sure is nice to be able to walk into the local store and buy what I want.

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    I really like TI's. In fact, they are all I use. YMMV, that's why the are so many brands and types. As for me, I'm sticking with them.
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    I've used them (154st) on various mandolins for years. I love them! That said, I also love the EXP74CM! They're different though!

    I'm currently thinking of using the CM's on all my mandolins just to revisit how they all sound different.

    After all, it is a hobby, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soupy1957 View Post
    Never heard of "Mapes." I'll investigate? Are they hard to find?????
    Here you go, Soup.

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    Default Re: Thomastik Infeld Strings

    The player you mentioned elsewhere you liked, Anthony Hannigan, swore by TIs when I met him. He is an amazing grasser, too. He never seemed to suffer from muted tone or lack of volume.

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    I've mentioned it before: I have exclusively used TI flatwounds on my mandolin, mandola and mandocello (all vintage Gibsons) for several decades. That's the strongest recommendation I can give.

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    Default Re: Thomastik Infeld Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by David L View Post
    I've mentioned it before: I have exclusively used TI flatwounds on my mandolin, mandola and mandocello (all vintage Gibsons) for several decades. That's the strongest recommendation I can give.
    This is the kind of endorsement that I ran into before. The cost, expensive; but the string.........great!! Muted? Yes, somewhat, but that is likely preferred in some applications.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David L View Post
    I've mentioned it before: I have exclusively used TI flatwounds on my mandolin, mandola and mandocello (all vintage Gibsons) for several decades. That's the strongest recommendation I can give.

    Do you use Middle or Stark on your mandolin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macabre View Post
    Do you use Middle or Stark on your mandolin?
    I use the mittle (medium) on a 1906 Gibson 3-point.

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    Default Re: Thomastik Infeld Strings

    How long do they last? I'd happily pay the price if it meant significantly fewer string changes.
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    Default Re: Thomastik Infeld Strings

    TIs are wonderful strings, and while expensive, they do last much longer than phosphor bronze strings. I will go months between string changes.
    They are often favored by classical musicians (particularly German mandolinists) who prefer their tone quality, lack of string noise, and silky feel.
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    Default Re: Thomastik Infeld Strings

    I may try a set. I'm only getting about two months out of the phosphor bronze I have been using, and I don't love changing them. They would have to last a year and a half or so to come out even financially.
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