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    Just placed an order for the Irv Pearman signature mandolin set and the 12.5-55 acoustic guitar set. I've been curious about Curt's strings for awhile, and have read nothing but good things about them. After asking a few questions, and getting replies within a few hours from Curt, I decided to try them out.

    I was really more interested in the Jason Fraley set, which is a regular medium set with 11.5 E strings, but those are only available in a 3 pack. The Irv Pearman is similar (same gauges at the EJ74CM).

    It's been awhile since I tried a different brand, so I'm looking forward to installing them.
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    I really like Curt's strings. Not overly jangly brand new on my mandos and keep that tone for a long time. I get at least 6 weeks out of a set. I've had some on for 3 months or more before I decided they really needed changing. I like that when you call, Curt answers the phone. One of these days I'll go pay him a visit--just a few hours north of me. Great customer service too.
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    I gave them a shot on my MF5 and absolutely love them. Very balanced sound and feel great under my fingers. They still sound fresh with about 30 hours of use. I just ordered a few more sets and added a couple mandola sets to try when I’m ready for a string change on my ‘dola.
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    I have used both guitar and Mandolin strings from this company on several mandolins and guitars and they sound good and hold up well. R/
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    I have Mangan strings on my Girouard oval and love them ! The strings have been on since July and still sound great ! Well, maybe it's the Girouard I love !
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    I've been using the Curt Mangan Bluegrass medium set for nearly two years and absolutely love them - as others have mentioned they're very balanced and sound great from the get go, no break in period needed.
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    Restrung my Eastman guitar & mando with the CM strings (after getting them super quickly!). I can’t believe how quickly they settled, and my E and A courses have never sounded so in tune. The 12.5-55 guitar strings feel like lights but sound like mediums, too. I’ve only had them on a few days, but I’m extremely impressed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Bowsman View Post
    I can’t believe how quickly they settled,
    Yep!
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    I've had the Mangan strings on my Randy Wood for about two months. They settled in immediately and the tone has remained steady. Very impressed.

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    I'm gonna try those Pearmans. I've recently returned to the Bluegrass set after a prolonged flirtation with Monels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onassis View Post
    I'm gonna try those Pearmans. I've recently returned to the Bluegrass set after a prolonged flirtation with Monels.
    I'm getting ready to place another order for the Jason Fraley 3 pack (11.5,15,26,40) and a few sets of electric guitar strings.

    Since pickup up the mando a few years ago, I've been fighting the A course staying in tune. Seriously blown away by how in tune the plain strings sound with each other.
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    I dunno, $9 a set plus shipping is steep. As y'all might know by now I'm a Mapes fan. I've tried Mapes' different blends and like different ones for different mandolins. $5 a set plus shipping.

    They make bulk wire for all the other string makers as well as piano wire for the rest of the world. Mapes has the process dialed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Packard View Post
    I dunno, $9 a set plus shipping is steep. As y'all might know by now I'm a Mapes fan. I've tried Mapes' different blends and like different ones for different mandolins. $5 a set plus shipping.

    They make bulk wire for all the other string makers as well as piano wire for the rest of the world. Mapes has the process dialed.


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    Initially , I really like Mapes strings but it didn't take long before the sound went SOUTH for me ! Nasty ! So back to GHS A270 on my Ellis ! But, our ears are all different aren't they ?
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    yankee,

    I suppose...

    The set on the Weber Fern was installed MAY 4 and they still are balanced and even sounding. (The 80-20 Brass set to be exact.)

    Usually I expect +/- 6-8 weeks of normal daily practice and gig playing given I don't sweat at all and I have a fairly light touch compared to others.

    I love hearing you drink wine, BTW!!!


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