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    Quote Originally Posted by UkuleleLibrarian View Post
    Thank you all for your input. I think I'm just going to slap the Martins on, and save the Aquilas just in case I don't like the new sound. I think I lean more towards a fluorocarbon sound myself.
    All the strings look the same to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkuleleLibrarian View Post
    Hey Seasonistas! I was wondering about what strings you guys like to use. I think that I like Martin the best. I really like the bright, happy sound. My Cordoba concert uke came with Aquilas and I hate the process of changing the strings (mine always seem to slip a few times before I get them on right, and it's super frustrating),and I like the way they sound ok, so I've left them, but I have a cheap soprano that I play at work, and it has Martins on it. After I play that one, and go back home and play the Cordoba,I always want to change the Aquilas. Really, I'm going back and forth.

    I wanted to know what you guys think, since I've gotten acquainted with what your ukes sound like over the last few weeks. What are your favorite strings?
    A bit controversial here but I think too much emphasis is placed on brand, Imo a decent, quality fishing line is all you need. As far as I'm aware Aquila is the only company that has a set up that specifically makes its own strings and all the other brands are made by fishing line companies. I believe you can buy bad strings with bad composite but overall they are pretty much of a muchness Imo. Rob Collins ukes are strung with fishing line once constructed and James Hill uses them too so theres a lot to be said about the over hype of branding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hendulele View Post
    Frippertronics for the uke? When are you getting it, Jim?

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    Sounds like you have some fun times ahead!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mythinformed View Post
    A bit controversial here but I think too much emphasis is placed on brand, Imo a decent, quality fishing line is all you need. As far as I'm aware Aquila is the only company that has a set up that specifically makes its own strings and all the other brands are made by fishing line companies. I believe you can buy bad strings with bad composite but overall they are pretty much of a muchness Imo. Rob Collins ukes are strung with fishing line once constructed and James Hill uses them too so theres a lot to be said about the over hype of branding.
    I've heard there can be issues with intonation using fishing line as the diameter can vary but that seems more of a problem if you go for cheap stuff - the usual caveat: you get what you pay for.

    The real major objection to using fishing line is it's not always as economical as it appears at first site. It's OK for James Hill & Rob Collins as they will be using enough to justify buying in the quantities that you have to and that make it worthwhile. For most of us we probably don't change strings often enough to buy however many hundred metres you get on a spool that you will use it up. Fluorocarbon ukulele strings are basically the same as is sold as fishing line and what the string makers do is cut it into convenient lengths for us. At the frequency I change strings buying fishing line represents a false economy.
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    I've heard there can be issues with intonation using fishing line as the diameter can vary but that seems more of a problem if you go for cheap stuff - the usual caveat: you get what you pay for.
    The probability is they have not used the correct formula of gauge and poundage to get the correct pitch. (Quality line also comes into play)
    The real major objection to using fishing line is it's not always as economical as it appears at first site. It's OK for James Hill & Rob Collins as they will be using enough to justify buying in the quantities that you have to and that make it worthwhile. For most of us we probably don't change strings often enough to buy however many hundred metres you get on a spool that you will use it up. Fluorocarbon ukulele strings are basically the same as is sold as fishing line and what the string makers do is cut it into convenient lengths for us. At the frequency I change strings buying fishing line represents a false economy.
    Of course its largely dependent on how much you play as to whether its of benefit to you. I play quite a bit so a 25 yard reel would be justifiable and very economical for me.
    Better still knowing some serious anglers who carry these gauges, you can generally get a few metres for FREE for the price of a pint !! Lol
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    I buy strings from Thomann in Germany. They're a fraction of the cost of almost any other. Last time I ordered 20 sets to save on postage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkuleleLibrarian View Post
    Hey Seasonistas! I was wondering about what strings you guys like to use. I think that I like Martin the best. I really like the bright, happy sound. My Cordoba concert uke came with Aquilas and I hate the process of changing the strings (mine always seem to slip a few times before I get them on right, and it's super frustrating),and I like the way they sound ok, so I've left them, but I have a cheap soprano that I play at work, and it has Martins on it. After I play that one, and go back home and play the Cordoba,I always want to change the Aquilas. Really, I'm going back and forth.

    I wanted to know what you guys think, since I've gotten acquainted with what your ukes sound like over the last few weeks. What are your favorite strings?
    I've only got the one (concert) uke, and I use Aquila Reds. I tried a couple of different brands of fluorocarbon strings, but they were all either a little too bright for my taste or I didn't like the feel. I actually prefer the Aquila Lavas, but the I'd rather buy at my local music store and they don't carry them. I bet they'd order them if I asked, but I don't swap them out often enough to make it feel worth it.

    Really though play whatever you think sounds good or feels best to you. Can't really go wrong I don't think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkuleleLibrarian View Post
    Hey Seasonistas! I was wondering about what strings you guys like to use. I think that I like Martin the best. I really like the bright, happy sound. My Cordoba concert uke came with Aquilas and I hate the process of changing the strings (mine always seem to slip a few times before I get them on right, and it's super frustrating),and I like the way they sound ok, so I've left them, but I have a cheap soprano that I play at work, and it has Martins on it. After I play that one, and go back home and play the Cordoba,I always want to change the Aquilas. Really, I'm going back and forth.

    I wanted to know what you guys think, since I've gotten acquainted with what your ukes sound like over the last few weeks. What are your favorite strings?
    I recently was sent Aquila Black strings for my baritone. Favourite strings EVER. They sound amazing. Going to buy a set for my concert and see how they sound on a smaller uke! Would highly recommend though.

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