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    I just bought another three sets of Sam Bush strings so I figure the six I will have will last me until one of these companies decides to make similar ones. I love the sound of them on my snakehead.
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    Good news for Monel lovers! Curt Mangan Strings now has Monel mandolin strings available, and I just got my first set yesterday. Medium gauge is 11-15-26-40, which is just perfect in my book. I put them on my Pava A and it sounds so sweet to my ears with these strings, very well balanced, clear, dry, and woody. I am still using Gibson Sam Bush's on my Northfield Big Mon and my old F2, and can't wait to try the Curt Mangans on those instruments to see how they compare.

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    Thanks, Geno. Just for convenience, here's the link to Mangan Monel strings. They also make a light set.

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    I've switched to Curt Mangan's phosphor bronze strings from the big brands. I think I'll give these a try.

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    Let us know how you like the Curt Mangan Monel strings vs the Bush Monel sets.

    I hope they sound the same :-)
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    I'm playing my second set of Curt Mangan medium guage strings on my Weber Absaroka. I really like them. It's been too many years since I've played any Sam Bush strings but I think the CM A strings are heavier than the SB. I've tested the D'darrio medium nickel bronze and although played well and sounded good, the CM G-strings are heavier.

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    Measured, the G is a .041" D is a .025" on the Gibson Monel, for actual measurements , to compare,
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    I just put a set of the Curt Mangan monels on my F5 (thanks for the link above!). I like the gauges slightly better than the Gibson monels, esp the 14 A on the Gibson, which I always swapped for GHS 16s. The Mangan monel mediums have the J74 gauges (11-15-26-40). So far the sound and feel are very like the Gibson monels (old school bluegrass mandolin), and I am very pleased. I'll see how they settle in but preliminary indications are promising.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    Measured, the G is a .041" D is a .025" on the Gibson Monel, for actual measurements , to compare,
    for those who measure things.
    I quit measuring things not too long after puberty hit but I'm willing to sacrifice a tiny bit here or there for strings that sound really good or that hold up and/or resist corrosion.
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    I put a set of the Mangan Monels on an MT2 today today. I really like these. Made the mandolin much livelier. I could not put the mandolin down. I bought 5 more sets today.
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    The CM strings last a very long time also ! I got one year from the first set as compared with changing every month or so ! Great strings !
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