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    Default Mandola with octave mandolin strings?

    Hi all. I have a Eastman mdo305 mandola. I just saw a video online where someone took a mandola and tuned it to octave mandolin. What confused me was the strings they used. They said that a light set of mandola strings are the same as medium guage octave strings and can be placed on the mandola, and tuned GDAE. Is this so, without causing undue stress or tension on the neck, or the opposite, strings too loose? If it works, what’s a set that i can purchase?

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    Default Re: Mandola with octave mandolin strings?

    My mistake. I typed MDO, its MDA. Still working on the strings though. 16” scale length.
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    Default Re: Mandola with octave mandolin strings?

    Haven't tried it, but mandola scale's significantly shorter than OM scale -- at least four inches. If you take light-gauge mandola strings, and tune them down to GDAE, I'd guess you would have really low string tension, affecting the instrument's projection. Probably you'd want to go in the other direction, use thicker strings. Don't know what impact that would have on top and neck joint...
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    Default Re: Mandola with octave mandolin strings?

    I tried tuning a TC mandola as an octave. The TC had a slightly longer scale than the Eastman, but the results were less than spectacular. With heavier strings -- the tone definitely wasn't there. If you find a solution, let us know
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    Default Re: Mandola with octave mandolin strings?

    Thats what i am reading, also told the same from Just strings. A wanted a short scale octave, but it looks like I’m going towards a actual octave.
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    Default Re: Mandola with octave mandolin strings?

    I’ve been looking for a large body, but short scale instrument, maybe it’s better to tune it to something other than GDAE or CGDA to still get good tone.

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