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    Default Re: Best strings for a Lyon & Healy type C mandolin

    That Washburn is probably from the same era as mine. They reworked the neck for these, they are bit chunkier. My earlier long scale one had a terrible neck snap due probably due to the design of the scrolled headstock. They had to rout out the headstock. I actually used j-74s on it when I first restrung it and it did sound nice.

    The Washburn has T-Is and it will stay that way. I can get a similar sound in the video from my other mandolins although I doubt I can play as well as Frank S.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise NM View Post
    The strings in the Frank Solivan video can't be TIs—they don't have the black winding at the ends. Whatever they are, they look to be on the heavier side.
    Do you know the TI winding colors? I have a set with green silks, and don't remember if they are stark or weich. I know mittels have black silks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowtone2 View Post
    Do you know the TI winding colors? I have a set with green silks, and don't remember if they are stark or weich. I know mittels have black silks.
    Lowtone, I have only ever used the mittels.

    FWIW, I bought a 1970s Japanese bowl back this summer. The strings on it had winding somewhere between blue and turquoise. Very bright, very pretty color. Those were definitely light strings, but I don’t know if they were TIs. Does any other company do silk windings on mandolin strings?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise NM View Post
    Does any other company do silk windings on mandolin strings?
    Dogal Calace Strings: these re the ultralight Dolce ones on my style 3 Vega bowlback. Sort of an aqua-greenish color.

    There are a number of violin string ID charts but I don't know if there are similar ones for guitar or mandolin strings.

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