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    Default Tuning for Eastwood airline Octave mandola

    Hi all.
    Iam looking at buying an Eastwood airline octave mandola. Its tuned C G D A. C.0.36 G 0.26. D 0.16 E 0.10. i play octave mandolin tuned GDAE. Does anybody know if i can restring from CGDA to GDAE and if so what gauge strings would be best.
    Thanks in advance. Dave

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    Default Re: Tuning for Eastwood airline Octave mandola

    I did that, the strings I used were 13.5p, 22p, 34w, 52w.

    It works good as a 4 string with those gauges too.

    It needed some nut work and bridge adjustments to make those gauges work.
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    Default Re: Tuning for Eastwood airline Octave mandola

    If you put your current strings, scale length and tuning into http://stringtensionpro.com/ it will suggest a string set that will give the same feel as the current set and tuning. If you’re lucky that will match a standard set, if not somewhere like Newtone will make you a custom set.

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    Default Re: Tuning for Eastwood airline Octave mandola

    Heres the reply i recieved from Eastwood.
    We don't list an 18" scale on our string guide so the gauges you need would be somewhere between the Yellow and Blue column.
    It may take a bit of experimenting to find the right gauge but i would start with 0.30, 0.24, 0.17, 0.13.

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    Default Re: Tuning for Eastwood airline Octave mandola

    When I restrung my OM I used the string tension calculator on D'Addario's website. You can input your scale length and try various gauges of strings.
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    Default Re: Tuning for Eastwood airline Octave mandola

    Just an update Eastwood have been really good. When they do my presale set up they will restring the mandola to GDAE tuning for me. Dave.

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    Default Re: Tuning for Eastwood airline Octave mandola

    Hi Kurth,
    Eastwood have restrung the mandola to GDAE tuning. They used the same gauge as you suggested. Regards. Dave

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