Every mandolinist has a preference when it comes to string material, so experienced players likely know what they're looking for already. If you're a beginner, though, here are some basic suggestions for getting the sound you want from D'Addario strings. Do you like a traditional tone that's bright, yet rich? Take a look at the phosphor-bronze strings. How about a deeper sound with emphasized bass? For that, try nickel. If you live in a humid region, consider steel strings - their corrosion resistance will help them stand up to moisture and last longer.
Another option to consider if you're concerned about the longevity of your strings is the D'Addario EXP series. These come with a very thin coating to seal out corrosion without impacting the classic roundwound texture of the strings. If you're torn between the tone of phosphor-bronze and the durability of steel, then you're exactly the sort of musician for which D'Addario developed its EXP mandolin strings.
Mandolins come in many varieties, so it's important to match your strings with your instrument to get a proper fit. You'll find that's easy enough with D'Addario's selection, since they provide choices specifically developed and scaled for the mandola, manocello and mandobass. As long as your instrument is a member of the mandolin family, the right strings for it should be here for you.
To make sure that every performance goes smoothly, it's up to a mandolinist to take care of his or her strings. When that means a new set, you can trust D'Addario to deliver mandolin strings capable of taking on any performance. They don't just sound great; they're also a joy to play - which is just how high-quality strings should be.