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    Quote Originally Posted by killntime View Post
    I put a set of the Thomasticks on a few days ago per all of the recommendations. Biggest pro for me is that they are very easy on the fingers. I have only been playing a few months so my fingers we’re getting torn up pretty bad. The sound is good, however I’m not sure that I like all of the volume that I lost. I guess I didn’t get Wowed as much as I thought I would for the price.

    FYI, this was on a Pava Pro A model.
    Don't mistake brightness for volume. They have a darker tone than many other strings.

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    I'm about to splurge on a set of viola strings (cheaper than my last set, but more than my Helicore standby). I might go for it and finally give these a try for my mandolin. They're less than a cheap (but not painful) set of viola strings so YOLO, right? My question is... I JUST switched to an oval hole. It came with the same strings my starter mandolin came with, but I discovered and fell in love with the D'addario nickel-bronze strings on my previous f-hole instrument. Should I try strings I'm used to first to gauge how the string translates to the new instrument, or just go for it while I'm online ordering the viola strings?

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    "Does TI make any strings for an octave with a 22" scale? I know they make mandola strings but haven't seen any octaves listed."


    Rdeane - I believe the top four strings of this $100 (yep, that's right!) lute string set will work with that 22" scale length. Quite the price though.

    https://m.juststrings.com/thomastik-infeldlute.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rdeane View Post
    Does TI make any strings for an octave with a 22" scale? I know they make mandola strings but haven't seen any octaves listed.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Logan View Post
    Rdeane - I believe the top four strings of this $100 (yep, that's right!) lute string set will work with that 22" scale length. Quite the price though.
    https://m.juststrings.com/thomastik-infeldlute.html
    Just Strings is a little confused. Those Liuto strings are for the 5 course mandocello invented and played and composed for by Raffaele Calace not for a lute. You may be correct, Tim, that the top 4 string pairs would work but to be real sure I would contact Thomastik directly and see what they suggest. That Juststrings set looks like it was a custom one but we don't know what scale length they were meant for. Besides you are also paying for that C course which are probably the most expensive strings in the set. They do make a mandola set for European mandola tuned octave GDAE but that is for 45cm/17-3/4" scale. You also have to make sure that the strings are long enough for your scale length. I would contact them to see what they recommend: info@thomastik-infeld.com

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    RDeane/Jim - maybe scroll way down to Margoro's response on this thread- re the liuto strings - that's where I got his response when I asked about a 23" scale.

    https://www.mandolincafe.com/forum/t...homastik+liuto

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Logan View Post
    "Does TI make any strings for an octave with a 22" scale? I know they make mandola strings but haven't seen any octaves listed."


    Rdeane - I believe the top four strings of this $100 (yep, that's right!) lute string set will work with that 22" scale length. Quite the price though.

    https://m.juststrings.com/thomastik-infeldlute.html
    Yikes! That's expensive. I appreciate your feedback. I have since sold the octave to someone who will play it more than I will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lflngpicker View Post
    I would hope if my Collings is typically strung with mediums that the medium strings will suit it. The diameter seemed appropriate. Do you think I made the right call? Thanks!
    The TI Starks are actually a bit lighter tension than round wound mediums. I would go with the heavy for a Collings.
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    I get the impression that most posters are comparing TI flats to Daddario round 74s without getting involved in the Daddario flats,which are good strings at a much less flabbergasting price than the TIís. It so happens that today was the day I decided to put on the TI Mediums I splurged on awhile ago out of curiosity, having used the Daddario flatwounds for years. Since the Daddarios on my MTO were still pretty good, I decided to experiment a bit while comparing. I put the TIís on G, A and E and left the old Dadd D course on for awhile so I could compare them up close.

    First thing I noticed about the TIís was the cool wrappings at both ends of the G D and A. Thatís gotta be a good sign for gripping, and indeed they were easy to put on and tune up. Second thing different was only discovered by reading the wrapper: the TIís have a wound A, while the Dadds are plain A and E. The winding on the Aís is so fine that I did not believe for some time that this was for realóthey just seem like plain steel! Iím sure a microscope would show the winding, I was eventually satisfied by close flashlight and reading-glasses examination. Plus running my thumbnail along them gives it away.

    So in playing some tunes and exercises using the G and D a lot, I got a feel for the difference. The TIís have a more complex sound, overtones I guess, while the Dadds (about 3 months old, still in good shape) have a more unified tone that is starting to get thuddy, certainly in comparison. Volume is about even. Physically, giving the old fingernail-test, and visually, you can tell that the TIís are more fine-wound and more reductive of string squeak.

    I also found I immediately was getting some buzzing on the TI E and A which had not been there before, and had to raise the action at the bridgeófrom about .05 to .07 at 12th. May not be done fussing with it yet. I think itís weird that despite all the info on the TI packaging, it doesnít state the string gauges which is pretty darn basic.

    I will have to play the TIís for awhile before I form a full opinion. I think itís quite possible I might just stay with the Daddarios for my less expensive mandos and keep the TIís on the Collings.

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    I finally splurged on a set yesterday. Be interested to see how I like them.

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    I’m hoping to get a set of heavies for my MT from Santa this year. I’ve just about settled on La Bella as my favorite string, but I still want to try some TIs and some Straight Ups at some point.
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