Strings
8-string flatwound sets
Need some flatwound strings for your 8-string (or 4-string) electric mandolin or mandola? You've come to the right place. (I also sell roundwound sets, as well as sets for 5-string mandolins (both roundwound and flatwound, 5-string baritone mandolins, mandolas, octave mandolins, and mandocellos.)
     Discriminating players who seek a warm, jazzier tone often turn to flatwound strings. Flatwounds are much more expensive than roundwounds, but the difference is worth it for many folks.
     Here are the details:

MANDOLIN
String Normal Light 35–10 Ultralight
G (4th) .040 .038 .035 .035
D (3rd) .026 .024 .024 .022
A (2nd) .015 .014 .014 .013
E (1st) .011 .010 .010 .009
 
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The A and E strings are plain steel; the G and D strings are D'Addario Chromes  flatwound with stainless steel. Sets are available with either loop-end or ball-end strings. You will automatically get ball-end strings unless you specify loop-end.
 
PRICE: $22 a set, plus shipping.
Domestic shipping via U.S. mail
1 set $4.75
2 sets $5.75
3 sets (mandolin) $7.75
3+ sets (mandola) $7.75
4+ sets (mandolin) $7.75
(if you want to order more, let me know)

To pay the old-fashioned way, use the shipping rates above and send a check or money order payable to

Emando.com
8027 242nd St. SW
Edmonds, WA 98026

Along with your payment, please include your name, address (P.O. boxes OK), and e-mail address, and specify loop-end or ball-end.
 
MANDOLA
String
Normal
(15–17")
Light
(17–19")
42–12
C (4th) .048 .045 .042
G (3rd) .035 .032 .032
D (2nd) .022 .020 .020
A (1st) .014 .013 .012
 
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The A strings are plain steel; the C, G, and D strings are D'Addario Chromes flatwound with stainless steel. Sets are available with either loop-end or ball-end strings. You will automatically get ball-end strings unless you specify loop-end.
PRICE: $28 a set, plus shipping.
 
If you want to calculate the string tension you'll get when you put these strings on your mandolin, use this handy calculation tool. I'm not the only one to offer 8-string sets, although I may be the only one selling them in ball-end. They're somewhat easier to find than they used to be, but still not what you'd call commonplace. Here are some photos of string packages from manufacturers past and present. See the FAQ for further advice on which strings to purchase for your e-mando.
Black Diamond

Black Diamond
Fender
La Bella
La Bella