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decided to make some spillway bridges. I had seen these on the internet, new i wanted a variety but couldn't spend that much, so from eyeballing photos i came up with a nice set. plain cuban mahogany, plain brazilian rosewood, maple and cocoblo, maple and mahogany. i have noticed the harshness from the banjo is removed, and she he strings are more balanced. nice

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Comment by rachel woodruff on June 3, 2017 at 3:34pm
tom, do you think your string gauges would work on my banjos? my scale prefrence is 25" give or take a fraction.
i usually use Just Strings .com for my guitars, but really hadn't a clue on sizes for nylon strings as my guitars are steel stringed. i figured by buying barrys set for his A scale banjo, i could put my calipers on them and then get a good idea of what will work. I like a heavey string.
Comment by rachel woodruff on June 3, 2017 at 3:37pm
i suppose since your banjo is longer scale i could just up the size slightly and be safe. btw i went thru many of your videos and really like your style and voice.
Comment by Chris Prieto on June 3, 2017 at 3:39pm
Sounds like the classic nylguts. I found em to gummy and flappy for minstrel tuning. The minstrel nylguts come with wound fourth and are better suited.
Comment by Strumelia on June 3, 2017 at 4:10pm

Yeah, sounds like you tried Nylgut 'Classic' set... which though I can use for higher oldtime tunings, are too thin for low minstrel tunings...unless you have a particularly long necked banjo... which apparently you don't.

You might like the Nylgut Minstrel set.  (hmm..$7.90/set is ..too expensive?)

I find them to be pretty indestructable, unless you put them on fretted banjos in which case they'll wear a bit faster on the frets.  Still, good nylon strings last way longer on a fretted banjo than real gut strings (which are great of course, but way more expensive).


Comment by Tom Berghan on June 3, 2017 at 6:25pm
Mimmo is a very good friend of mine (inventor of NulGut) but he doesn't sell singles in a variety of guages, otherwise, I'd buy his strings. But I never buy sets from anyone. I always buy singles and make my own custom sets.
Comment by rachel woodruff on June 4, 2017 at 8:06am
oh crap! i was paying around 21 dollars a set! buying things from the virgin islands is sometimes cost prohibitive although we use usps, they label us international shipping.
Comment by rachel woodruff on June 4, 2017 at 9:41am
yes , i agree. when you finally settle on a string type and size, it is best to buy them in singles


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