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    When anyone has played on these new Monel strings I would like to hear your opinions. I will be ordering but not sure on which gauge strings to order.
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    Just ordered both gauges so I will see/hear any differences !
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankees1 View Post
    Just ordered both gauges so I will see/hear any differences !
    All I can find are the 74's. Where did you get the other gauge?
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    Also gimmesomestrings.com No shipping charges so I went with this company as I only wanted two sets of strings to try out before purchasing more !
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    Are monel strings close to say what they had in the early days, like 20's-30's??? I don't believe I've ever tried them. I pry will.

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    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.
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    Bought a 75C set at Grey Fox. Put them on at friend's campsite. Went back and bought 3 more sets.
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    The problem was really not Gibson’s, but with the company that made the filament these strings were made out of. The company just decided to cease operations, leaving no source for the material. I got this information from Curt Mangan himself when I asked if he would consider making Monel strings. That was several years back. Obviously there is a new source of the filament material, which is why we are seeing these strings now on the market. I bought a few sets from Just Strings to give them a try. Haven’t put them on yet though. I like the Mangan ones a lot. It will be interesting to compare the two.
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    I've always used D'Addario strings. They are my go to for strings. I like monels on my oval hole but, the Martin monels are good at half the price.

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    I bought a set last week but haven't tried them yet. I recently switched to nickel bronze over regular J74s on my oval hole mandolins (but not my F hole ones), so I'm anxious to try them out. It may be a while because the NBs aren't wearing out very fast.
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    What's the deal with the 2 choices for gauges?

    11-15-26-40 or 11-14-25-41

    Do most people who want a 41 G string want smaller D & A strings???? (They don't do that for J75s.)
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    I just put some on yesterday but haven't played them much. Still stretching them but they sounded as good as the Bush Monels that I had used for years. I think they were lighter than the Bushes because I had to push the bridge back about 1/8".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philphool View Post
    What's the deal with the 2 choices for gauges?

    11-15-26-40 or 11-14-25-41

    Do most people who want a 41 G string want smaller D & A strings???? (They don't do that for J75s.)
    The former are the monel replacement for the standard EJ74's. The latter are to mimic the gauges of the traditional Gibson Sam Bush set of monels that are no longer being produced.
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    After decades of bronze wrapped strings (from the standard J74s to the coated EXP74s and EXP75s)I was given the opportunity to try the monels during the Beta period (I believe they are 11-15-26-40). I loved them from the moment I put them on till now...they're still on, and though, as you might expect from months of use, they've lost a little of their snap...they are great strings! I've got many sets of EXPs, and will go back to them, for a while, as kind of a strange A-B test. I think I'll try monels, again, as well!

    But...I'm not a performing musician any more. I play about 15-60 minutes a day for my own pleasure. That might rule me out as a judge; I'd unhesitatingly recommend trying them! I doubt you'd be disappointed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by pheffernan View Post
    The former are the monel replacement for the standard EJ74's. The latter are to mimic the gauges of the traditional Gibson Sam Bush set of monels that are no longer being produced.
    I guess it was inevitable that they'd stop one day, but I found a supplier - so I stocked up a bit. I'm glad d'Addario have continued them. They sound great on my oval hole. (This seems to be a theme here. Sam makes them sound great on Hoss with F-holes.)
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    Anyone tried a set yet ?
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    I will this weekend and report back !
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    I put a set of D'Addario monels on my Weber 'Fern' several years ago,bought from Janet Davis Co. They were the same gauges as the J74's that i used. I didn't like them at all. Tonally, they didn't suit MY mandolin,& for some reason felt very rough under my fingers. I went back to J74's,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivan Kelsall View Post
    I put a set of D'Addario monels on my Weber 'Fern' several years ago,bought from Janet Davis Co. They were the same gauges as the J74's that i used. I didn't like them at all. Tonally, they didn't suit MY mandolin,& for some reason felt very rough under my fingers. I went back to J74's,
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    How many years ago? I was under the impression that D’Addario just released the monel strings in the last month or so.

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    I received a set last week from JustStrings and put them on my MTO. They produced a softer sound while offering a rougher feel than my favorite EXP74CM set. I thought the G string lacked the clarity I'm used to and my general impression was that they were not right for this mandolin. In my hands, with my pick, on my mandolin, the 74CM set is warm and clear, the monel set is soft and fuzzy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Neverisky View Post
    I received a set last week from JustStrings and put them on my MTO. They produced a softer sound while offering a rougher feel than my favorite EXP74CM set. I thought the G string lacked the clarity I'm used to and my general impression was that they were not right for this mandolin. In my hands, with my pick, on my mandolin, the 74CM set is warm and clear, the monel set is soft and fuzzy.
    Same on my Ellis F as I installed them a couple of days ago but I will go back to GHS A270's. I do like monels on my Girouard oval though ( Mangan).
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    Hi Chris - It must have been at least 5 years ago. Maybe i'm mistaken & they weren't D'Addarios,but they were monel. Around the same time,i tried a set of Black Diamond Strings with disastrous results re. tone - were they Black Diamond Monels ??,
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    Any more new D'addario Monel users and your thoughts? I just put a set on my Northfield last night and curious how they are gonna do.
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    I have a total of about 30 minutes on a set, but so far I enjoy them. They seem to add a bit of dryness to the tone of my Eastman. There's a clip on my Instagram (@dhstreip) right now, although it doesn't really emphasize the lower strings.

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