D'Addario ダダリオ マンドリン弦 J74 Phosphor Bronze - Medium 【国内正規品】
D'Addario's best selling mandolin set;Loopend construction for universal fit;Phosphor Bronze for long lasting, warm and bright tone;Made in the U.S.A. for the highest quality and performance;String Gauges: Plain Steel .011/.011, 015/.015, Phosphor Bronze Wound .026/.026, .040/.040
I am new to the mandolin and bought these strings for use on a very cheap instrument. I play other string instruments (violin, viola, cello, but ukulele being the only other fretted one I play), and I have strong fingers but I did find the guage to be a bit too heavy for me, particularly on the G strings. It was hard to push down enough - especially on frets above 5 - to get a decent tone out on that low string. It is worth mentioning that I have average woman hands, so for average-handed guys or just people with large hands this may not be as much of a problem.
I found the strings to be incredibly loud. For some people I'm sure that's a desired trait, but I'm playing alongside two acoustic guitar players and any time I start strumming I drown them and our singing voices out.
I also found picking melody lines to be difficult. I tried a wide variety of pick weights but the string response was a little too slow for what I was trying to do (combined with my ability) and the notes just sortof thud and feel out of time. Of course the more I play I'm sure the better this will get, but the point is that for a beginner these may not be the best choice. I am ordering the light version of these strings (J73) and think I will make faster progress with those. I'm not entirely sure how much difference a .002 reduction in gauge on the G strings will make, but if those are still too heavy I'll probably order the J62s which aren't phosphor wound and have a .034 guage G.
Naturally, results vary wildly from instrument to instrument. Maybe on a more solid beast the resonance rounds out the strings' cutting power. Maybe on a mandolin with better setup it would be easier to get those notes on the G strings to ring out. So if I keep playing and eventually buy a nice instrument, I'll come back and try these again as a non-beginner.