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    I put a set on my Northfield this past Sunday night, after couple days of home practice and then practice with the group I have to say I like them. The band liked the sound difference last night as well. I plan to keep them on awhile and play thru couple gigs this weekend and see how they do thru those. So far, two thumbs up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Martin View Post
    A number of us won't use anything but Monels. So GREAT to see this many companies making them now after Gibson dropped the ball.

    I can't help but wonder what Sam Bush has been using since the Gibson SB set's demise? Stockpiled or some other string set?

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    D'Addario monel

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandopixie View Post
    I can't help but wonder what Sam Bush has been using since the Gibson SB set's demise? Stockpiled or some other string set?
    Sam's album Storyman from 2 years ago says he uses D'Addario strings.

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    I just put a set on my Girouard F-5 today. First impression is that they are fairly "punchy", perhaps a bit bright. I have a couple of friends coming over today to play some tunes so I can get their feedback too. It will be interesting to see how they last in the salt air here at the beach in St. Augustine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Bowsman View Post
    Sam's album Storyman from 2 years ago says he uses D'Addario strings.
    Two years ago? Could they have been Monels that far back if they've only just been announced recently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandopixie View Post
    Two years ago? Could they have been Monels that far back if they've only just been announced recently?
    Good question. Last summer, I met Adam Steffey. He told me he used their Nickel Bronze strings, and made it sound like he’d been using them prior to the beta test offered to the rest of us.

    It’s also possible Sam’s Gibson strings were made by D’Addario.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Bowsman View Post
    Good question. Last summer, I met Adam Steffey. He told me he used their Nickel Bronze strings, and made it sound like he’d been using them prior to the beta test offered to the rest of us.

    It’s also possible Sam’s Gibson strings were made by D’Addario.
    I think that there was a NB giveaway here on the 'cafe toward the end of 2016. I got a set at winter NAMM 2017.
    I'd be curious to know who did manufacture those Gibson SB strings, now that you mention it..

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    Had to try the Monel's after Pete martin's recommendation. Just strung them up on my Altman to replace 74’s. The difference was startling. Love the clarity and jingle jangle of the monels. I'm sold for the f hole mandolin. I wouldn’t put them on my oval hole where I still favor flat wounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Nollman View Post
    I'm sold for the f hole mandolin. I wouldn’t put them on my oval hole where I still favor flat wounds.
    You can't know for sure until you try them, surely? Didn't you have to put them on the Altman to be sold on them?

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    Hi Mandopixie. What I learned by stringing up the Altman is that the Monel's display great projection and an uncanny amount of brightness with sustain. Great for the old time music I favor on it. My oval hole sounds best with dark sounding flatwound strings. It was built for jazz and chorro, with a notable pop when playing long lines of single notes.
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    Alrighty, then!

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    I installed the Monels on my Kentucky KM900 the other day, having never used Monels before. I tried Elixir 80/20 Bronze in the past and they were way too bright and jangly for my taste on the Kentucky, then I tried J74s and they sounded really good. Tried the Monels on Saturday and they sound in between the 80/20 and the Phosphor Bronze to me, which if this was my only mandolin would be a hair too bright for me, but I might end up using these with alternate tunings once I get my Tyler White, the White will be on the opposite end of the tonal spectrum as the Kentucky, much more mellower, so the contrast will be just fine for me I think. Overall they were not what I was expecting, but I kinda like them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Kinman View Post
    Tried the Monels on Saturday and they sound in between the 80/20 and the Phosphor Bronze to me, which if this was my only mandolin would be a hair too bright for me..Overall they were not what I was expecting, but I kinda like them.
    If you re-strung only Saturday, they'll have a little settling-in time coming. You may find them to be less bright after playing them some more.

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    @Pete Martin (or anyone else here): Have you tried the Martin Monels? They are the same gauges as the 74's but they are less than half the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Flynn View Post
    @Pete Martin (or anyone else here): Have you tried the Martin Monels? They are the same gauges as the 74's but they are less than half the price.
    I bought a bunch of the Martins before D'Addario came out with theirs. Still pounding on them before trying the D'Addario sets that I now have waiting in the wings (*fridge wings)!
    * I'm not sure if it's a good idea, and may be a question for another thread, but do many other players refrigerate their strings, and why, or why not?
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    Why or why not? I always keep a lot of homegrown produce in the refrigerator. I had decide between the strings or the blueberries. Guess which one is now cold. Sorry, just joking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Kelsall View Post
    i tried a set of Black Diamond Strings with disastrous results re. tone - were they Black Diamond Monels ??,
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    What makes Monel strings different from others?... I've heard of them, but know nothing about them.
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    Hi Marty - A Cafe member who doesn't post that often these days,mentioned that Black Diamond strings of the same gauge as EJ74s,sounded great on his own Weber "Fern" mandolin,so i tried a set on mine with disastrous results - however,i do believe that his own Weber had a Red Spruce top. Whether that would make any difference i don't know - presumably it would. I do know that the GHS A270's that sound so superb on my Ellis "A" style,do NOT suit my Weber either. The stronger toned DR MD11's also sounded excellent on my Ellis when i put them on - the DRs were my 'new discovery' at the time - EJ74's don't sound very good on the Ellis,so after i've run out of A270 strings,i'll try another set of DR MD11's on my Ellis,& if the sound ok,i'll stick with those. I have to import A270's from Germany which of course pushes up the cost via postal charges,

    I'll 'standardise' on EJ74's for my Weber & DR MD11's for my Ellis & Lebeda - both of which i can easily get in the UK, along with next day delivery (mostly),
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Kelsall View Post
    Hi Marty....
    I wasn't trying to disparage Black Diamond strings, I'm sure they're a fine product these days.
    The reference is to a song by Guy Clark, who was world-renowned for his precision cigarette rolling skills, among other things.
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    Guy Clark, "Black Diamond Strings"......





    I am about three weeks into the D'Addario monel strings and like them a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Flynn View Post
    @Pete Martin (or anyone else here): Have you tried the Martin Monels? They are the same gauges as the 74's but they are less than half the price.
    I like both the Martins and DA. Will buy the Martins due to price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles E. View Post
    I just put a set on my Girouard F-5 today. First impression is that they are fairly "punchy", perhaps a bit bright. I have a couple of friends coming over today to play some tunes so I can get their feedback too. It will be interesting to see how they last in the salt air here at the beach in St. Augustine.
    They should do great. A lot of the seawater piping systems on my submarine were made of monel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Martin View Post
    I like both the Martins and DA. Will buy the Martins due to price.
    Pete, if I had your last name, I'd likely be using Martins, too, just 'cause it would be so cool to use strings with my name on the package! All personalized, like..
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