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    Default what would be appropriate string diameters for a 20" scale OM?

    What would be appropriate string diameters for a 20" scale OM? Also, has anyone used Newtone strings on their shorter scale OM and how did you like them?

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    Default Re: what would be appropriate string diameters for a 20" scale OM

    I use .014/.022w/.036w/.048w Newtone on my Octave, think they’re a great set of strings. But I don’t think its a standard set for them so it may take a few days for them to make you a set.

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    Default Re: what would be appropriate string diameters for a 20" scale OM

    I use the D’Addario J72 light mandola set on mine. .014/.023w/.034w/.049w. Works very well for me.
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    Default Re: what would be appropriate string diameters for a 20" scale OM

    I think Weber recommends John Pearse 2265 which range from 14-48 for a 20 inch scale octave. The strings are listed as Octave Mandola strings which is the European term for Octave mandolin.
    Northfield NF5S
    Bayard Guitar bodied octave mandolin
    Gernandt Octave mandolin
    Crump B1 Bouzouki
    Davy Stuart Mandola
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