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    Default Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    I realize this may be completely subjective, but thought I'd ask anyway. I have used D'Addario medium strings on my Collings MT, but decided to try a set of Elixirs. I haven't put the Elixirs on yet, but was wondering if anyone had gone this route and could give me a feel for what the difference might be. Is one brighter, louder or longer lasting than the other? Is there a difference in another area? I'm trying to see if the difference in price is going to be worth it. I realize I may just have to put them on and decide for myself. I would be grateful for anyone's experience with the Elixirs.
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    I tried the D’Addario EXP74s and Elixir mediums back to back on my MT and preferred the Elixirs. They felt better under my fingers (i.e. a bit easier to play, less stiff) but sounded about the same, if not just a bit brighter than the D’Addarios. Both great products.
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    I used to use Elixir on my electric and acoustic guitars. Never thought about them for mandolin. I may have to try them!

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    I prefer the Elixir strings. They just have a better sound on my mandolin. BUT, all mandolins are a bit different, so string 'em up and decide for yourself!

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    I did go Elixir for a while on mandolin, they are very bright when new, are highly responsive and hold up a while, my only dislike on Elixir is when they start to "go" they go fast ( I tend to play "hard" out on stage) . The D'addario I think are generally less bright and perhaps a bit quieter, but they do hold up quite a bit longer than Elixir.
    Recently I went with Curt Mangan's on Mandolin and Octave and really like them, they are less bright than Elixir but equally loud with good sustain, the tone is solid and balanced, and they hold up well.
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    Interesting...I’ve always found the Elixirs (which I think are nickel/bronze) as a little darker and quieter than the D’Addairio phosphor/bronze strings. For a brighter mandolin (like my Eastman 315) the Elixirs may provide a nice balance. Elixirs sound broken in from the start and last a long time. I tend to prefer D’Addairio phosphor bronze (or monels) on my mandolins, but play the Elixir P/B strings with the newer coating exclusively on guitar. I haven’t used Elixirs in a while on mando, so if they’re doing P/B now, I may revisit them...

    Can’t hurt to try them. If you hate them you’ll be out a few bucks, but no reason you can’t change them out after a week or so if needed. Give it a week or so, though, to get used to the feel before you pass judgement...
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    Default Re: Elixir Mediums vs. D'Addario Mediums?

    For my 2-cents - the decision is based on whether or not you like the sound of 'new strings'. I have some instruments that sound better when the strings are new, and others that sound better after the strings have mellowed out for a day or two. It has been my experience that the Elixir strings sound 'new' for a long time, so I will use Elixir's on the instruments that need the new sound, and D'addario's on the others.

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    The D'addario's lose tone pretty quickly and oxidize. I do like the louder, clearer tone of new strings, so I would probably like the Elixirs, which is why I liked them on guitar.

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    The only Elixirs I've used have been coated mediums, which I use in the summer. fwiw, i tried D'Addario's coated mediums this summer. I didn't like them, so i'll go back to elixirs for the summer. For winter, though, I prefer the D'Addarios. I just think they sound better on my mandolin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by illinoisfiddler View Post
    The D'addario's lose tone pretty quickly and oxidize. I do like the louder, clearer tone of new strings, so I would probably like the Elixirs, which is why I liked them on guitar.
    Not sure which specific sets if Daddario mediums you are referring to that lose tone quickly and oxidize. If you generally like PB strings,don't like oxidation,and want nice tone try one of the XT mando sets. I feel the same about Daddario Monel strings as far as not oxidizing,great tone,and lasting.

    No recent experience with Elixir strings.

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    I am talking about the D'Addario EXP74 medium. Of course, this is under my hands and in humid summertime conditions.

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    Has anyone used the Elixir mediums on a Kentucky KM-1000? That is what I am looking to use them on.

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