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    My trigger finger has expanded from my middle finger left hand to my ring finger left hand. So until I see my hand doctor, I changed to a Bb tuning. A nice mellow sound and a lot easier to fret. I will probably continue to tune my Koaloha Tenor at this setting. Anybody else use the Bb tuning?
    Last edited by JJFN; 03-22-2017 at 12:50 PM.
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    In order of age:

    Kamaka HF-4 Baritone C Linear Tuning 6/2009
    Martin C-1K Concert, Bb Re-entrant Tuning 4/2014
    KoAloha KTM-00 Tenor C Linear Tuning 7/2014
    Kala KA-SRMT-TRI Tenor C Linear Tuning 6/1/2015
    Pono MTD-CR Tenor C Re-entrant Tuning 6/21/2016
    Koaloha KCM-00 Concert Bb Linear Tuning 4/20/2017

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    Hi JJ, I have found that the lower Bb tuning worked really well on a tenor-scale Fluke. Just seemed to get a really nice silky tone out of it that way. I also tried the Bb tuning on the Ohana model that has a tenor-scale neck married to a soprano body, but it didn't work as well with that particular uke. But overall, I think the Bb tuning is worth at least taking for a test drive on any tenor!

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    All my tenors are tuned Bb. Also am using Bb on my new 16" concert and it sounds wonderful.
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    Bb tuning on a tenor sounds and works great.

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    All the time, A tuning also. Whatever suits the individual ukulele, that's the way I tune, there are no rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camsuke View Post
    All the time, A tuning also. Whatever suits the individual ukulele, that's the way I tune, there are no rules.
    I agree with Campbell . Choose the tuning best for the individual uke. I keep tenors in C, B and Bb.
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    I have a 19" scale baritone set at Bb and it is very nice for my voice.

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    Current Stable:
    -Ohana TKS-15E Tenor - Eb cuatro
    -Iriguchi Keystone Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    -Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE, steel string
    -KPK pineapple SLN - GCEA
    -Cocobolo 16" SC#1 - gCEA, SC SLMU
    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    -Imua iET - Bb, M600
    -Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    -Rogue bari
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    -RISA Concert Stick
    -Bruko sop. custom #6
    -Lanikai lam hog bari
    -Kala SLNG
    -Bruko bari
    -Gold Tone BUT


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    My tenor is currently tuned in re-entrant Bb, too. I'm undecided yet whether I prefer it to low-G, but I do like the lower tension better. I think it's also louder. I'll likely leave the tenor in Bb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJFN View Post
    My trigger finger has expanded from my middle finger left hand to my ring finger left hand.
    JJFN,

    I am not a doctor, but with trigger finger, aren't you supposed to give your hand a rest until it is treated?
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