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Dean Markley Banjo 5 String Medium, .011 - .022, 2306

Dean Markley Banjo 5 String Medium, .011 - .022, 2306
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By Old g.
Why the change in gauge?
August 26, 2018
These used to be my go to strings of choice. I searched forever to finally find a nice heavy gauge set of strings for 5 string banjo. I always found he traditional light and medium gauge strings to have too much slack for my playing style. Finally I discovered the Dean Markley "medium" banjo strings with gauges 11, 13, 18, 26w, 11. The perfect set of "heavy" strings that came to define my signature banjo tone. Upon my recent quarterly restock order I discovered that DM has changed the gauge of their medium strings to now be 11, 12, 13, 22w, 11. A significant change! Even lighter then their "medium light" sets. I am now in search of a new string set and a new preferred string company. Farewell Dean Markley.
By Ander
Best sound I've found!
May 31, 2012
There should be more of a debate about whether Medium-Light strings are "better" than Mediums. They're just different styles.

Some players prefer a more trebly sound and/or lighter action. They should go with Medium-Lights.

Others-including yours truly-prefer a fuller, richer sound, and appreciate the more "solid" feel we get with slightly heavier strings like these.

I'm delighted with these strings. Till I found them, I was buying single gauges. Now I can just get these a set at a time. It's cheaper and more convenient-what's not to like?

Anyway, try whatever you want and keep what you prefer-but don't hang around comparing apples and oranges, huh?
By Aradobanjo
Strings last a long time
July 23, 2010
Dean Markley strings are exclusively used on a 1985 Saga GF-100 banjo for over 20 years. Mediums are used for recording when tightness is required. Medium lights are for practicing. These strings last many practicing and group sessions. 8 months of heavy use and two years casual use where strings do not break, discolor or loose tone are testimony of a solid string. This is why Dean Markley strings are used on a 1985 Saga GF-100.

The tones produced with any string are dependent on temperature, humidity, head tightness, bridge and drum composition. Leaving strings on for a few minutes is not a review.
By Aradobanjo
Long time user
July 22, 2010

These strings are the only stings used on a Saga GF-100 for over 20 years. The combination of Head tension, Pot, Tone Ring and Bridge are things to consider when using any string. Medium thickness is good for volume with a gig or recording. Medium lights are good for practicing. The strings last a good long time. Other vendor strings have been used, but Dean Markley strings are the standard for this Saga GF-100 owner.
By Ken W.
review of Dean Marley med. ga. banjo stings
October 7, 2009
These strings were such a disappointment that I removed them within minutes of installation. I have been using Gibson Earl Scruggs strings, and this only confirmed that the Earl Scruggs are the ones for me. Perhaps their light gauge strings would sound better; these were just too dark, with little real tone.






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"World renowned for their rich tones, long life and consistency from set to set, Dean Markley strings are the finest strings on the market today. Exacting attention to detail of manufacturing places Dean Markley strings at the leading edge of string technology. Today's top professionals rely on Dean Markley strings to deliver the brilliant, rich, full tones they need … combined with an extremely long life. Dean Markley strings are always there when you need them. They deliver.

THE PLAIN STRINGS: Dean Markley strings feature specially made and plain strings which won't slip or unravel. To achieve this, we use a unique "triple-lock" twist to attach a special "tuned" bead to the finest Swedish Steel tinned mandolin wire available. This gives you a string which is brilliant, has an extremely long life and holds its tone much longer than other strings.

THE WOUND STRINGS: Because the core wire is the foundation of all wound strings, Dean Markley uses the highest quality Swedish Steel core wire available. Dean Markley wound strings feature a hexagon shaped core wire which prevents unraveling and assures a super-tight bond between the core wire and the outer wrap. This gives Dean Markley wound strings their characteristic brilliance, punch, full bottom end, fantastic harmonics, plus an extremely long life. The core wire also utilizes the "triple-lock" twist and "tuned" brass, nickel, or black anodized brass beads.

DEAN MARKLEY'S SPECIAL ALLOYS CREATE SPECIAL MAGIC: For the outer wrap on Dean Markley strings, we formulated special alloys for each of the different strings, such as nickel plated steel, 430 stainless steel, 85/15 bronze, 80/20 bronze, phosphorus bronze and our proprietary Cryogenic processed Blue SteelÔ alloys. These special alloys are formulated to balance the overall sound of your instrument and bring out the high end as well as the low end harmonics, making your instrument sound fuller and richer, with just the right brilliance. Because of the special formulations, these alloys can take a real beating and still keep their original tone longer than other strings. Like it says on the packages: "Super Brilliance and Longer Life".

It could be Dean's special alloys, the core-to-wrap ratios, or the love and care that goes into the making of every set … whatever the reason, the magic of Dean Markley strings has to be experienced to be believed.

Dean Markley strings are available in all the popular gauges of Acoustic, Electric, Bass, Classical, Ball End Nylon, Banjo, Mandolin, Twelve String Electric and Steel Guitar, as well as a complete line of singles. If you're not already one of the thousands of players using Dean Markley strings, give 'em a try. Dean Markley has just the string for you."

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