On tenor banjo string gauges
I bought an inexpensive Aria 19-fret tenor banjo some months ago and have been playing it with CGDA-tuning until now. I would, however, like to change to the irish tuning. The string gauges I’ve been using are 011, 013, 023, 033. I know I should get heavier strings for irish tuning, I’m just wondering how much.
See, when I got the banjo it had poor intonation and I had to lower the bridge. Before lowering it I could actually tune the strings down to the irish tuning and the instrument was still playable, but now the strings would be all too loose.
I know many irish tenor banjo players use medium gauges like 012, 016, 026, 038. Do you think this is heavy enough for me if I have a bridge lower than normal, or should I get a heavy set of strings usually associated with 17-fret banjos? Also, would the string set I’ve been using remain playable tuned down to the irish tuning on a “regular” banjo, as to get a hint of whether my bridge was too high when I got it or lower than regular after I lowered it? Don’t have the banjo here so I could measure the bridge height, unfortunately…
I’d appreciate any thoughts and experiences on the matter.