I just lucked into a "pawn shop find" of a mandolin. Sounds great, and I intend to play it for fun on recordings (mine) when I want something different. Now here is the issue. I have no intention of learning chords, licks, etc in mandolin tuning. I know Tommy Tedesco used to play mandolin tuned to 4ths and I want to also. I realize alot of the traditional mandolin sound is due to the tuning, and I am OK with losing that. Does anyone have any tips on what strings and tuning to use to get decent string tension and sound? I know it will be tuned to fourths, so should the lowest note be F, maybe even E? Any help would be appreciated.