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Dec 2, 2021 - 4:03:23 AM
19 posts since 2/23/2021

I just got a great little H.C. Nelsen banjo. It's too fragile for steel strings and Nylguts break when tuned p to A. So I'm using the La Bella nylons that the previous owner had on it. I actually like the sound and feel of the string. I'm just curious as to what's out there besides LaBella? Anyone else using nylon ( NOT Nylgut). Thanks

Dec 2, 2021 - 4:48:33 AM

994 posts since 6/25/2006

An alternative is to buy individual nylon strings in your preferred gauges e.g D'addario Pro Arte - they are marketed for guitar but suitable for banjo.

Dec 2, 2021 - 7:16:10 AM

RG

USA

3123 posts since 8/7/2008

Monofilament fishing line in various thicknesses.

Dec 2, 2021 - 8:21:59 AM

csacwp

USA

2975 posts since 1/15/2014

Pretty much all nylon is made by Dupont regardless of who you buy it from. I buy my strings as single from LaBella. D'addario and Pyramid are OK as well. I'd avoid monofilament fishing line since it is manufactured using a different process and isn't true/has poor intonation. Decades ago there were a handful of monofilament brands that did intonate well, but they are no longer available.

Dec 2, 2021 - 8:31:05 AM

19 posts since 2/23/2021

Thanks John. I've been unable to find LaBella singles anywhere. Where are you finding them?

Dec 2, 2021 - 8:45:08 AM
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mbanza

USA

2415 posts since 9/16/2007

Here is one source: stringsbymail.com/index.php?sh...1&cPath=1

Scroll down and select La Bella from manufacturer drop down menu on left.

Dec 2, 2021 - 9:38:58 AM

6657 posts since 9/21/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Waterbound1

Thanks John. I've been unable to find LaBella singles anywhere. Where are you finding them?


LaBella sells direct from their website.  Early Instrument singles rectified nylon and silver plated copper over nylon floss.

Any size you might want are available. 

Dec 2, 2021 - 4:49:29 PM

186 posts since 11/8/2014

quote:
Originally posted by Waterbound1

I just got a great little H.C. Nelsen banjo. It's too fragile for steel strings and Nylguts break when tuned p to A. So I'm using the La Bella nylons that the previous owner had on it. I actually like the sound and feel of the string. I'm just curious as to what's out there besides LaBella? Anyone else using nylon ( NOT Nylgut). Thanks

What tuning are you using?


Dec 2, 2021 - 5:08:20 PM

19 posts since 2/23/2021

Standard G. Might try going up to A and double D. At least I'll be taking the 5th up to A, not room for a spike.

Dec 2, 2021 - 5:10:46 PM

6064 posts since 3/11/2006

Waterbound1

I've got some Savarez singles en route
of similar gauges as Nylgut Classicals (med. gauge).

I've been happy enough with the NG's- just experimenting.
They're coming from *Strings by Mail*.

Here's a BHO discussion abouth LaBella 17's vs Nylguts.
banjohangout.org/topic/379381

You might also search "nylon strings" in the BHO archive.
BTW, my banjo has a 24" scale.

Dec 3, 2021 - 6:49:16 AM

377 posts since 6/26/2011

There is also my Polymer Strings Group here on the Hangout where many threads are linked.

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