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Dec 7, 2017 - 3:14:48 AM

maxmax Players Union Member

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Hi gang,

In a set of Flat Wound strings, the Thomastic-Infeld set for Tenor Banjo to be particular, the 3rd and 4th strings are "Flat Wound Chrome Steel" and the 1st and 2nd strings are "Plain Steel".

Does this mean the 1st and 2nd strings are pretty much like all other plain steel strings, or do they do some special coating or something even on them? People always say how long a set of flat wound strings last, but I'm not sure if they are only talking about the wound strings or not?

Many thanks in advance,
Max

Dec 7, 2017 - 4:31:03 AM
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John Gribble Players Union Member

Japan

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Generally speaking, the plain strings in a flat wound string set are the same as regular strings, no special finish. If there is a special coating, it would be discribed on the packaging.

Dec 7, 2017 - 8:01:53 AM
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Some strings do tend to last longer than others. The primary reason for this would be the alloy used to make the wire.

Dec 7, 2017 - 9:39:56 AM

maxmax Players Union Member

Sweden

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Thanks John and Herb!

Dec 7, 2017 - 11:03:11 AM
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Thomastik non-wound guitar strings that I have tried are different from regular steel ones. They are bronze coloured. I don't know if they are better or worse, but they look different. Not all plain strings are the same.

I tried flat wound strings on banjo once, wasn't impressed, but that's just my opinion.

Edited by - banjopickingman on 12/07/2017 11:04:02

Dec 7, 2017 - 2:39:54 PM

maxmax Players Union Member

Sweden

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quote:
Originally posted by banjopickingman

Thomastik non-wound guitar strings that I have tried are different from regular steel ones. They are bronze coloured. I don't know if they are better or worse, but they look different. Not all plain strings are the same.

I tried flat wound strings on banjo once, wasn't impressed, but that's just my opinion.


Thanks. I have a set on order, so I'll throw on the whole set and see what happens. Apparently some tenor players like them, so I thought it would be interesting to at least try them once.

 

Cheers,

Max

Dec 7, 2017 - 5:18:01 PM
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Don't know about their banjo sets, but T-I flatwound mandolin strings are very nice indeed. They better be good at >4x the price of the domestic roundwounds I usually use.

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