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|Mandola: (Tenor) scale length around 420mm|
| Tuning: Accepted tuning for
mandolas in most places is the same as violas, CGDA from low to high, with unison strings, that is, with
pairs of strings in the same octave. However, there are two accepted
methods of tuning, the alto/treble or tenor tuning.
The 'mandola tenore' is common in Italy, where the tuning is GDAE
an octave below the mandolin.
Middle C is 5th on the 3rd string with the alto tuning, (CGDA) and 3rd on the 2nd string in tenor tuning (GDAE).
|D'Addario light||Phosphor Bronze||.015"||?||?||.052"|
|Galli Mandola||Phospor Tenor In D||.019"||.025"||.042"||.060"|
|Galli Mandola||Phospor Tenor In Sol||.014"||.024"||.034"||.050"|
|GHS PF 280 Mandola||BRIGHT BRONZE loop end||.012"||.022"||.032"||.044"|
|Unfortunately I haven't tried out all these string sets yet. I tend to use GHS bright bronze, but for a typical mandola scale length, I replace the 2nd string with a 020w, as I find 022 breaks too often, so is too heavy.|
|Dogal||they do low tension strings for Tenor tuned mandolas, for scale lengths of 44, 46 and 48 cms.|