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    Got her in my hands, and I'm just thrilled: light, loud, and beautiful (in that just-right golden koa with a touch of Tiki-kitsh kind of way.
    I'd share pics here if only I could do that over my android phone (help - there doesn't seem to be way to do it?)

    Also, at the moment, frustrated: I think the original black nylon strings may have still been installed, and I decided to change them out.
    But the C string slot is too narrow for the Ko'olau nylons or Martin fluoros I had on hand. Should I have the slot widened, or is there another string set I should use?
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype GBP soprano, Peter Howlett #153
    Weymann soprano, 20's or 30's?
    Martin O, 1961
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Kala KA-ASOV-S
    Koaloha KCM-00
    Kanile'a K1 Concert
    Kamaka 1969 Tiki Concert
    Larrivee UT40MHO spruce/hog Tenor
    Kamaka HF-3 Tenor

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    You could use worth or living waters. Martin's fit on mine
    Making music is a gift in itself, and when you can share it ....it is your gift to others

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    Wonder why the slot is so narrow...Martins are pretty thin. Try Fremont blacklines, they are thinner I think, a little mellower sound.
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    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins | Fender Piha'eu - Worth Browns | Lanikai banjolele - Fremont Blacklines
    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water
    UBass: Kala Rumbler - Pahoehoe

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    The C string slots (bridge and nut) on my circa late 1950s Kamaka soprano are also very narrow. When we acquired it, it still had the original nylon strings (according to the owner). I had a devil of a time removing the C string. I have Martin fluorocarbons on it now, but the C string will not fit in the slots (bridge or nut). Perhaps heresy, but I squeezed the C string in a vise to fit it into the bridge. My intent was simply to see if I preferred the Martins to other strings (Nylgut, Kamaka) I've tried and then have the slots widened for whichever string I settled on. I definitely prefer the Martins but haven't gotten around to widening the slots. With respect to the original nylon strings and why I had such a time removing them, is it possible that the gaps narrowed with time? It seems counterintuitive that the wood would squeeze in, but I have a hard time believing Kamaka would have intentionally made the slot too narrow for the C string.
    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Is it the difference a result f the ukes being designed and set up for D tuning?
    You can buy D tuning sets which have thinner diameters.
    What a great question/thought! Were many ukes still tuned to D in the 50's?
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype GBP soprano, Peter Howlett #153
    Weymann soprano, 20's or 30's?
    Martin O, 1961
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Kala KA-ASOV-S
    Koaloha KCM-00
    Kanile'a K1 Concert
    Kamaka 1969 Tiki Concert
    Larrivee UT40MHO spruce/hog Tenor
    Kamaka HF-3 Tenor

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    "What a great question/thought! Were many ukes still tuned to D in the 50's?"

    This is a great topic to research for yourself when you pick up an old uke from the era.
    LOL. Can do.
    I guess it's a '69, not from the 50's, anyway.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype GBP soprano, Peter Howlett #153
    Weymann soprano, 20's or 30's?
    Martin O, 1961
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Kala KA-ASOV-S
    Koaloha KCM-00
    Kanile'a K1 Concert
    Kamaka 1969 Tiki Concert
    Larrivee UT40MHO spruce/hog Tenor
    Kamaka HF-3 Tenor

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    Wonder why the slot is so narrow...Martins are pretty thin. Try Fremont blacklines, they are thinner I think, a little mellower sound.
    Reporting back:
    The Fremont Blacklines fit just fine, unlike others I tried. I really like that they have the appearance of the original dark nylon strings. Sounds great: rich, vintage, mellow but still with good volume.
    Thx much for the suggestion!
    Last edited by ukeinfused; 10-02-2017 at 05:44 AM.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype GBP soprano, Peter Howlett #153
    Weymann soprano, 20's or 30's?
    Martin O, 1961
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Kala KA-ASOV-S
    Koaloha KCM-00
    Kanile'a K1 Concert
    Kamaka 1969 Tiki Concert
    Larrivee UT40MHO spruce/hog Tenor
    Kamaka HF-3 Tenor

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    Reporting back:
    The Fremont Blacklines fit just fine, unlike others I tried. I really like that they have the appearance of the original dark nylon strings. Sounds great: rich, vintage, mellow.
    Thx much for the suggestion!
    glad it worked out!
    Just Play

    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins | Fender Piha'eu - Worth Browns | Lanikai banjolele - Fremont Blacklines
    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water
    UBass: Kala Rumbler - Pahoehoe

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