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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: Martin Medium Banjo Strings


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Bob Levy - Posted - 10/13/2019:  15:33:13


I'm replacing my strings on my banjo I have 2, V10's 0.10mm - 1,V12 .012mm, -1V23, 023mm and - 1- V16, 0.16, what is the corresponding string number 1, 2,3,4,5 for each string

I appreciate your help!

Bob L.

R Buck - Posted - 10/13/2019:  15:48:28


1 and 5 are tens, 2 is twelve, three is sixteen and 4 is twenty-three. Martin sets are the same as D'Addario, and some others brands for medium.

frailin - Posted - 10/13/2019:  19:00:12


Has anyone else (other than me) had the 10 gauge strings slip/unwind from the loop end? This has not been a random occurrence. It's been happening to one of these strings every 3rd or 4th changeout. It's annoying and inconvenient but I like their sound too much to change.

 




Edited by - frailin on 10/13/2019 19:01:02

stanger - Posted - 10/14/2019:  21:29:39


quote:

Originally posted by frailin

Has anyone else (other than me) had the 10 gauge strings slip/unwind from the loop end? This has not been a random occurrence. It's been happening to one of these strings every 3rd or 4th changeout. It's annoying and inconvenient but I like their sound too much to change.

 








Not yet. 



The Vega mediums are my faves too, and the old ones always had the loop ends wrapped in chenille, which helped prevent loop breakage and slippage.



I don't know when the stopped using the fuzzy green chenille thread wrapping, but I miss it. The Vegas always kept their tone and lasted longer than almost all of the others I've ever tried.



For me the Vega mediums have always been the best set of string gauges I found. The 3rd abd 4th strings in most other sets is either too light or too different in the way they feel. I'm glad the gauging hasn't changed. 



regards,



stanger

overhere - Posted - 10/15/2019:  03:48:22


once in a while I will be silly and buy some other brand....but I always go back to V730's. the only other brand strings I liked but could never duplicate that one set was Ernie Ball. so I went back to the Vegas. once in a great while Ill try the Vega lights but wind up going back . and I've found years ago, there wasn't any difference in the string sets that had Earls picture on the box except they was 6 dollars more....and being a poor man.....


Edited by - overhere on 10/15/2019 03:49:41

Ybanjo - Posted - 10/20/2019:  11:59:59


I went to the martin/Vega Medium strings several years ago on Stelling Staghorn. I liked the more mellow sound of the heavier 3rd string. Now, I'm using them on everything I own. They used to be super inexpensive, but for some reason the price went up significantly in the last year or so. Not sure what happened. they were always the cheapest strings, but not any longer. I have several Dunlop strings (same string sizes) and they work OK, I guess. Might me my imagination, but they don't seem to last as long before sounding bad. Probably my imagination. never had one unwind from tuner, other than 5th string, and that was my fault. Didn't have it wound enough turns.
As long as the Martins are offered at a decent price, I'll stick with 'em.

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