I recently got a 12 string acoustic, and due to availability, put a set of D'addario mediums on (they had light, the store owner recommended meduim). It sounded great, however that's my first time buying non-coated strings in a long time. They died quick (my hands sweat when I play), much quicker than I'm used to my elixirs dying.
12 string elixir, nanoweb, medium strings don't seem easy to find, and they're 55$ a set on amazon, light strings are significantly cheaper (30$)
So my question is this - will I notice a significant decrease in sound if I drop to light strings, but then tune back up the half step? (This will also make it easier to play with friends without needing a capo)
Currently, the string nut is cut for light strings, I have yet to file it out for mediums and that's causing sticky tuning right now. I also feel like I'm right on the edge of fret buzz as well at the moment, sometimes a bar chord will buzz if I don't fret it right.