I am not sure how to determine a proper weight of strings to put on my mandolin.
I typically research such things, then include them on my own web site as a help to others who are seeking similar information.
However, even the manufacturer does not specify this. I play a cheap mando--a Oscar Schmidt OM10E, and have used light strings - .010 - .034. I recently purchased some strings that are .012-.040. My concern is the pull. The OS mandolin is a less-expensive instrument than say and Eastman, but I don't know if the heavier strings will produce too much tension on the neck and result in eventual damage. Although I would love to hear the tone of these larger strings, I fear what they may do to the instrument.
Anyone have any good reliable information on stringing--relative to string weight?
Joe - "TheGuitarMedic"
Figure around 20 lbs of tension as a balance between playability and neck tension. Scale length around 14 inches.
Figures in the calculator are for phosphor bronze, most common on acoustic instruments.
Slight adjustment required for nickel wound, which are designed mainly for their electrical compatibility with the pickups, but which sound duller acoustically.
try Elexar strings on that and you will love them!!