Monel Mandolin Custom Medium Loop-End
Monel (aka Nickel Bronze) has built in natural resistance to tarnish and corrosion yet it feels great to the touch and has its own unique tonal color. Monel is 67% pure nickel, 30% copper and about 3% of special sauce that makes it Monel. For lack of a better term, it sounds earthy. Great for blues and bluegrass. Monel is naturally resistant to salt water (sweat) yet feels real good.
So far, so good... I had been looking for a set of 41-11.5 strings for some time, and had gotten to liking the sound of Monel on my instrument over a year ago, so this was a no brainer. Been playing my first set for over three weeks now and they still sound great. Plenty of Chunk on the low end, satisfyingly bright throughout, and Loud. The top on my Eastman 315 is pretty thin, seems to need strings like this to make it really bark and sing.
These strings hold up better than any strings I have ever used. I tend to have sweaty hands that seem to corrode strings fairly quickly. Not these strings though. Not only are they durable, but the have a great warm tone that sounds excellent on my F5 mandolin. Always happy to support Curt Mangan.
Unlike any other string I have had on my San Juan Mandolin, these bring out the tone of the "WOOD" of the instrument. Power, dry clarity with balanced tone. I can really hear the quality and carve of the WOOD. Did I say you can hear "WOOD"? The strings are comfortable, Have pretty good longevity. I put a guitar set of Monels on my D-28, too, same result. Love these strings.