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    Default Bravo D'Addario XS Strings!

    Yes they last a long time...

    But also -

    I've been testing out a few bridges, and making adjustments to my mandolin.

    It's required the complete slacking off and retightening of all strings no less than 12 times in the past month.

    Not a single string breakage! Every time (particularly as the times got more and more) I'd be wincing tightening those E strings back to pitch. Fine every time.

    I am astonished!

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    Default Re: Bravo D'Addario XS Strings!

    That's excellent news. Always been a big frustration. Probably have close to a dozen spare E strings (and some A) just for that reason.
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    Default Re: Bravo D'Addario XS Strings!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bazz Jass View Post
    Yes they last a long time...

    But also -

    I've been testing out a few bridges, and making adjustments to my mandolin.

    It's required the complete slacking off and retightening of all strings no less than 12 times in the past month.

    Not a single string breakage! Every time (particularly as the times got more and more) I'd be wincing tightening those E strings back to pitch. Fine every time.

    I am astonished!
    What bridges are you trying out? Curious about bone bridges.

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    Default Re: Bravo D'Addario XS Strings!

    Agreed. I think they're on to something. I played a set from April until July. Several outdoor festivals. Held tune no breaks. For my A5 I will stick with these strings. If they come out with singles I will make a set for the bouzouki.
    Girouard Concert A5
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    Dunwell B-1 Bouzouki
    Girouard Custom A4 (on order)
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    Default Re: Bravo D'Addario XS Strings!

    I have found them to be long lasting through some mighty hot and humid SC gigs. They are starting to show some wear after many months but still are staying in tune pretty well. They are past their prime but I haven't changed them yet. They are brighter than other strings I've used.

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    Default Re: Bravo D'Addario XS Strings!

    Quote Originally Posted by Parmejohn View Post
    What bridges are you trying out? Curious about bone bridges.
    Well, my F4 when I got it had an old rosewood bridge that was majorly sagging in the centre. So I bought the most basic Stew Mac ebony bridge to try out - my first attempt at fitting a bridge to a top, which went okay and I got a guitar tech friend to slot the saddle for me.

    I heard rave reviews about Cumberland bridges, so order one. Being an F4 I got one called a "low boy." I did a much better job of fitting this one to the top. It looks and sounds fantastic, but I've discovered the low boy has a much shorter saddle (to get the lowness), and as such developed a marked sag in the centre after only a week. It didn't need to be than short, as I had it cranked up on the wheels a few mm.

    In hindsight, I should have gone for the standard height and adjusted a little if I needed it slightly shorter. Live and learn. I'm not spending another $90 that's for sure!

    Currently I have the Cumberland base with the (taller) Stew Mac saddle, which my OCD finds hard to cope with, but works just fine. The Cumberland saddle had clearer tone and more sustain I must say. Probably too much on the low G if I'm honest.

    I'm going to try making a bone saddle next - I bought 2 blanks so I get a test run at it! Took me all day to find blanks of a suitable size, but these out to work just:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/25460659637...m=254606596373

    $10 shipped, so a fairly cheap exercise. If I can knock out a saddle I'll probably look at staining it. Will keep you posted.

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