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New Flatwound Mandolin Strings from Labella

By Mandolin Cafe
April 22, 2005 - 12:15 pm

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Labella Flatwound Strings

Labella Flatwound Strings

A new flat wound mandolin string has been developed by Ken Wise of International Violin Co. and LaBella Strings.

According to Wise, "as a mandolin player that has played professionally and been involved with product development with the making of both the instruments and strings, I wanted to get a string on the market that could fill a void in the mandolin string market. It used to be that most mandolin players disliked the brightness of new strings, string noise while close to a microphone and for the players that had a high acidity sweet, their finger would turn green from the bronze strings.

I discovered a flat wound mandolin string that was made of Chromesteel that had an incredible warm tone that added to the depth, evenly balanced tensions and so easy to play on and without my fingers getting all discolored. The one problem was these strings were very expensive. I approached Labella to make a flat wound mandolin set here in the USA. As a result of their product development they have created a string that in my opinion was evenly balanced, warm without the edge of sounding brassy, added depth, quick response, almost no string noise, and affordable."

MF10 Strings have a wound G and D with an unwound A and E.

MF20 Strings have a wound G, D, and A with an unwound E. With a wound A you will get more warmth and fatness of sound out of the A

The New Labella Flatwound MF series are available from the Music Tree at

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