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Hi everyone - I've been gone a long time! No particular reason. Sorry to hear D'jangofest NW has been cancelled. One of many pandemic casualties.
I hope you all are well. I can't complain - as an essential worker I'm still employed.
I've been playing and practicing a lot more lately. I have an Eastman archtop (originally an MDC805 mandocello which I've converted to an AR605) that I've always used 13's on. I like Newtone archtop strings, Martin Retro Monel and the D'addarrio nickel-bronze were pretty good too.
Yesterday I strung her up with Ernie Ball aluminum bronze. A really different, but good tone. It got me thinking I'd like to try them on my Altamira M20D. I've always used gypsy jazz specific 11's on this guitar - it came with Argentine 10's originally.
How heavy a string gage is recommended for a sel-mac copy? I'm thinking 13's, which are considered medium for most guitars, could be too heavy. Are 12's also too heavy? Thanks!