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    String tension: EXP77 vs EXP74. I note that the tension is a higher value on the 3rd and 4th strings in the 74 set. What is the result of the higher tension?
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    Kyle, i was wondering how I can go about and get a couple of case stickers from D'Addario?

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    Hi! I have three questions.

    1. Do the plain NY steel strings differ from the high carbon steel strings?
    2. Do the plain strings of the EXP sets have a coating on them?
    3. Will there be coated -and if the answer on question no. 1 is yes, NY steel- loopend strings available at some point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-board View Post
    String tension: EXP77 vs EXP74. I note that the tension is a higher value on the 3rd and 4th strings in the 74 set. What is the result of the higher tension?
    That's a good question. These values were calculated well before my time at the company - there are a few manufacturing variables, like speed, angle, and tension of the wrap wire, that can ultimately affect the resulting tension at pitch. The alloys will also have different tension properties just from their natural difference. I am reaching out to the engineering team to see if there is a more scientific explanation that I can provide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeb Williams View Post
    Kyle, i was wondering how I can go about and get a couple of case stickers from D'Addario?
    We periodically put limited runs of stickers in our string packs - unfortunately we don't have anything available on our site right now. If you're going to be at any major bluegrass events come visit our booth and we'll usually have stickers, or at the very least some kind of swag to give you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joop View Post
    Hi! I have three questions.

    1. Do the plain NY steel strings differ from the high carbon steel strings?
    2. Do the plain strings of the EXP sets have a coating on them?
    3. Will there be coated -and if the answer on question no. 1 is yes, NY steel- loopend strings available at some point?
    1. Absolutely. NY Steel is a stronger steel alloy and also incorporates our Fusion Twist technology, which immobilizes the twist and provides extra strength and tuning stability . Ultimately those two things provide the player with a more pitch stable string that is less prone to breaking.
    2. The plain EXP strings are not coated but they are NY Steel and have the Fusion Twist.
    3. Currently our EXP (coated) and Nickel Bronze (uncoated) mandolin strings use NY Steel.

    Hope this helps!

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    do the monel strings use monel for the unwound E and A courses? Is monel appropriate for unwound strings?

    I'm stuck on the EXP74cm strings. So, thanks for those!

    Nice OP!

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    Hi Alex,

    I've played and loved D'Addario strings on a variety of instruments for decades. Since someone just mentioned stickers, this should give you an idea of how long it's been (I've posted these before):

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    However, sometime last year I sent an email to playreal@daddario.com about some EXP74CM's I was concerned about in regards to counterfeiting but never heard back. It was my first set of non-guitar EXPs and even though I bought them through my preferred string vendor (a site also trusted by many Cafe members) and the strings seemed to perform as expected, the internal packaging looked unusual and I just wanted to check that I got what I paid for.

    I have a feeling that they were likely a 'new old stock' set from about the time they were launched but had nothing to compare them to. I have another couple of unopened packs bought at the same time but for my last string change I went back to my usual EJ74's to see if I preferred them. It's time for another change and I'd like to try the EXPs again so this thread is perfect timing.

    This thread may not be the place to rehash all the details so what is your recommendation?

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    Is it accurate that the EFT (Flattops) strings have a wound 2nd string?
    If so, I can't seem to find that information online. Do you have a link? Are singles available?
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    i am also interested in fatt-dad's question about the monel plain strings. maybe just psychological but
    i realy like the plain strings on the monel sets i have used. real fundamental,non-stringy tone.

    i'm stuck on daddario monels

    ;not the sam bush gauges.

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    I want to say, this thread is a great idea. A really great way to connect with the community and let them have a direct line to the source.

    I'm a longtime fan of D'Addario on my fiddle. I have a $50 Rogue mandolin that I got as a gift years ago, and frankly like the low-budget sound, for certain tunes. I don't recall what strings I have on that (bootlaces and barbwire, for all I know).

    I have a custom AMW from Red Valley coming shortly. I am looking for a clean sound with some noticeable warmth - not muddy, but not punchy either. Some people would say "bright", but I'm not sure that means the same thing to me.

    I play Irish traditional, almost exclusively, and always play melody with a lot of chords. I'm a medium speed and lifelong intermediate player, though I aspire to be the best mediocre player ever.

    Any advice on a good set of strings to try first?

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    Hi, from what I gather, A and E singles are made of high carbon steel. Are singles available in NY steel?

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    It is my hope that the new NY steel wrap is better than the old wrap that at times would break. I would guess the banjo strings would also have that wrap.

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    My 2 go to string sets are the GHS A270 and your EJ74’s. On most my mandolins I prefer the D’Addario but I really like that the GHS has an A string in a .16 gauge as opposed to the .15 in the EJ74. I end up having to buy 2 extra A strings to get the sound I want. A custom set of EJ 74’s with a .16 A string would be amazing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor Daniel View Post
    My 2 go to string sets are the GHS A270 and your EJ74’s. On most my mandolins I prefer the D’Addario but I really like that the GHS has an A string in a .16 gauge as opposed to the .15 in the EJ74. I end up having to buy 2 extra A strings to get the sound I want. A custom set of EJ 74’s with a .16 A string would be amazing!
    If you don't mind the coating, the EXP74CM set is what you're looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatt-dad View Post
    do the monel strings use monel for the unwound E and A courses? Is monel appropriate for unwound strings?

    I'm stuck on the EXP74cm strings. So, thanks for those!

    Nice OP!

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    Fatt-dad, Thanks for asking that question. I have wondered about that some thing for a while! Dan

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    seems this only works if the dude comes back. . .

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    OK, I admit it....I ventured away and tried the "other brand"......nope, not for me, my mandos like j74's best.
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    Trying out the monels next string change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Seale View Post
    If you don't mind the coating, the EXP74CM set is what you're looking for.
    I prefer non-coated and I like the price point of the 74’s. Thanks for the suggestion!

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    Hi Kyle. Hope all is ok...haven't seen you here in a few weeks...hope you're still with us. My question: I don't see them on the D'Addario website or with any online vendor, but will/does D'Addario offer single Monel wound G and D strings? If so, how can I order? Thanks and regards.

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    I contacted Strings and Beyond with my question....the answer is A and E singles are not available in NY Steel, only the high carbon steel.

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    I cant seem to find any EFW74 strings anymore, are EF74 the same or will give me a similar tone? thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrewCfromSC View Post
    I cant seem to find any EFW74 strings anymore, are EF74 the same or will give me a similar tone? thank you!
    https://www.juststrings.com/dad-fw74.html

    https://www.stringsandbeyond.com/dmaflme11fw.html

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    Seems that the D'Add folks didn't expect to have this many questions to answer. Not worth their time?
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