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April 3, 2011 | Satisfaction from Nova Scotia. JM11 strings!

We love passing on feedback from our happy customers, and this one is from one of our newfound Canadian friends. We do ship to Canada at no extra charge, by the way. Canadian Customs can slow the delivery to about 10-14 days, but it appears worth the wait:

I received my mando strings today and have just come in from playing on them for a couple of hours. They are superb (I play traditional folk and celtic.. I love my Grey Eagle and was a little doubtfull as to whether these strings would make much difference. WOW!! Lovely even tone, silky fingering, once they were dialed in they stayed right in tune... quality and class, thankfully I got 2 sets and will be ordering as soon as needed. The pick is great and I'll get a few more as well.

Thanks, Michael from Nova Scotia (a very happy customer)


A time-tested favorite (first introduced in 2005), JM11s are in plentiful supply in the JazzMando Merchandise Center and ready for you to experiment with on your mandolin. If you seek a warmer, richer sound, and don't expect a percussive "slap" out of your mandolin, these may be what you are looking for. Praised for their longevity, the polished custom Flatwound Labellas are designed with a much closer, tighter wrap which resists corrosion and wear from oxidation and player perspiration, similar to the world renown Thomastiks at less than half the price. The steel alloy lends a crisp, subtle "punch" for a sophisticated bell-like articulation. Player comfort from the smooth strings makes these feel as great as they sound! Red chenille winding grips the tuners on the wound G and D strings.

Initially designed for the closed position playing of jazz and classical music, these will also work well for the folk, and blues mandolinist. Understand, they won't offer the killer, zingy open-string projection you seek in a loud acoustic jam setting, but they will give you definition and a warm character for more intimate solo and small ensemble environments.

Order them from the convenient online JazzMando Merchandise Center. Shipped within 24 hours.

JM11 Flatwound Mandolin
JM10B Ball-end Flatwound Mandolin (electric)
JD13 Flatwound Mandola

We include a sample JM pick in each order

On a side note, If any were uncertain (and considering the orders attempted, there were a few that didn't get it), the recent announcement of our Jazz Autoharp book was an April Fools joke.

Posted by Ted at April 3, 2011 7:44 AM

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