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    Default Sopranino and Soprano String Suggestions

    I have a Sopranino and Soprano that both have Aquilla strings on them.

    I would like to try something new. I'm not an Aquilla fan except on all laminate Ukes.

    I know this is subjective but I would be interested to hear what works for you.

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    Of course, there are SO many choices out there and you will probably have countless suggestions covering all of them, but I would suggest Southcoast and Living Waters strings as good places to start.

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    I have owned (and tried) many sopranino ukes. I think the Fremont Blacklines suit them very well!
    Last edited by mingus; 11-03-2017 at 03:07 PM.

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    Hi Vic, I've had very good luck with the Martin M-600's for both sopranino and soprano scale ukes.

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    Hi Vic.
    I have tried Fremont Blackline High tension on my Sopraninos. The short scale needs a higher tension. For sopranos I use D'Addraio carbons or PhD's. The Fremonts would work too, but I never tried them on sop's.

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    I have the original Aquilas on my Kala ASOV soprano, and was getting ready to replace them as I was not a fan. I tuned down a half step and love the deeper timber. The strings now sound fine. I also tuned my Brueko #2 with Worth Browns down a full step for a even richer sound. These ukes are spruce and maple, so perhaps the tone wood needs to be brighter to sound good in these tunings.

    For standard tuning on a soprano, I like the tension of Martin M600 and the clarity of Living Waters.
    - Laura

    Sopranino - Vintage 1930's Camp Uke (Birch)
    Soprano - Koaloha Opio (Sapele), Martin OXK (HPL), Brueko No. 2 (Maple), Kala ASOV -S (Spruce/Ovangkol), Vintage 40's Silvertone (Mahogany), Vintage 50's Harmony (Birch), Zither Heaven (1 Black Walnut & 1 Cherry), First Act Discovery (Plastic)
    Concert - Luna (Spruce top)
    Tenor - Outdoor Ukulele (Composite Polycarbonate), Mainland (Mahogany)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    Hi Vic, I've had very good luck with the Martin M-600's for both sopranino and soprano scale ukes.
    I'm a noob but we like Martin M600 too, though we have never tried a sopranino, we do have a small herd of soprano, concert and tenors.
    Playing my Magic Fluke and grinning like a fool!

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    When I asked for string suggestions for my new soprano. Worth Clear & Living Waters were the top vote getters. I decided to try the Worth clears and I have some on order. I like the Living Waters that are on my KoAloha concert a lot. I recently switched out the Aquillas on my starter Teton laminate concert to Oasis Brights before I give it to a friend. That uke went from sounding decent to sounding really nice now. I thought about putting the Oasis Brights on the soprano, but several people in my ukulele group thought Living Waters or Worth Clear would be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    Hi Vic, I've had very good luck with the Martin M-600's for both sopranino and soprano scale ukes.
    Went with the Martin M-600's. They sound great! Much improved.

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    So far so good with the Worth Clears on my Islander soprano. They've been on a couple days are are settling in. Mine is a laminate soprano, but I still didn't care for the Aquillas. They sounded thuddy to me.

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