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    Default Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by margora View Post
    "I have a related question. I hope this is not considered hi-jacking the thread - if so, please ignore me. I am looking for flat wound strings that would fit a 23" scale. If you have any ideas I would GREATLY appreciate your help. I asked one of the big string suppliers but he had no leads. Thank you."

    Assuming this is referring to an octave mandolin see my response to Alan Epstein. A simple, but expensive solution is a set of Thomastik 185 strings, which are for the liuto cantabile (CGDAE), sized for a little under 61 cm (24 in) and so would be fine for a 23-inch scale. You would discard the C string (or keep it, if you ever get a mandocello). www.juststrings.com carries these, look under "lute strings".
    Robert I cannot find the tension on these strings - did you happen to come across it?

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    Default Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Darwin, Strings by Mail has octave strings on their website. That's where I get mine from. Go to the Common Strings menu and click Mandolin, and D'addario. You'll find them there. Other brands may also be there, but D'addario octaves are on the website.

    (edited) Ok, I just realized that you want ball end strings. I don't know if they have them after all.

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    Default Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Well I called Austin Clark at Clark mandolin in Boise, ID and asked him about the strings that he uses on his octave mandolins. Here is the skinny, Austin uses single ball end guitar strings D’Addario Phosphor Bronze 12-23-34-52 for his octave mandolins. After talking with Austin on the phone a couple times I ordered a Clark octave mandolin to go along with my 2point Clark Mandolin. I have to say Austin is a super nice person to work with when your having a mandolin built and his workmanship is excellent as you can see from the pictures posted above of my 2point Clark Mandolin.
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    Here is a picture that Austin Clark sent me today after coloring the back of my new Clark octave mandolin to match the 2 point mandolin that he made me in 2019. It’s looking like he will have it completed by the end of this year.

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    Default Re: Octave Mandolin Strings

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandobart View Post
    Good info, but I disagree for a couple reasons:

    1. These are the strings the builder recommended.

    2. I use 13's (mediums) on several guitars, with a .036 D, on a 23" - 25" scale. Same frequency, 19% longer scale, only 10% smaller diameter.
    http://www.emando.com/
    Has ball end and sells in bulk, will make any gauges sets.
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