Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 22

Thread: SCS (String changing syndrome)

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Posts
    13

    Default SCS (String changing syndrome)

    What would have me acquiring ukes, if I had the gelt, would be not only the acqusition of varied patterns, sizes and materials, but more importantly, of different sounds. While lacking money for additional ukuleles, however, I do have enough to change strings every couple of months, and voila, with the string change a new ukulele emerges. Most recently, against prevailing wisdom, I replaced the meek and mild Worth Browns on my Bruko 6 with more robust Aquila Lavas. Then, as I was sick of the Aquila Red low G guitar sound on my laminate Moselele Bambookulele-- why turn a uke into a tiny guitar?-- I replaced the Reds with the other half of the Worth Browns originally intended for the Bruko. Eureka! My budget ukulele is now my primary busking uke as it is now zingy zangy enough to cut through the ambient noise of the streets-- meek and weak on the Bruko, yet zingy zangy on the laminate. In the end I aim to try every string known to humanity on both instruments.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Upper Hale, Surrey/Hants border, UK.
    Posts
    4,433

    Default

    That will keep you busy for years to come.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.
    Formerly known as uke1950.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    751

    Default

    It can be easy to drive yourself crazy with strings. There are so many types, so many brands. Then add in the idea that you can try other sizes, such as concert strings on a soprano, it can be endless. It can also be tough as once you change strings and take a few days to settle you can't remember what the other set sounded like.

    One way to do it is to determine exactly what you don't like about a particular sound/feel and then move in a certain direction to solve that issue, rather than just randomly changing. One complication is that some strings sound very different on different instruments, so sometimes it is hard to know what the result will be.

    At least strings are relatively cheap, making it fairly painless.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2016
    Location
    Seeking the Magisterium
    Posts
    672

    Default

    I completely understand this.

    Two days ago, I fitted my Low-G strung Kala tenor with reentrant Aquila Reds. Why? I had a pack of Reds in the stash and wanted to see how the Kala, which sounds magical in linear tuning, would sound re-entrant.

    Last night I changed it back.

    While the Kala still sounded beautiful, it lost it's magic. Clearly it was meant for Low-G. I left the Reds on strings 1-3 and added a Thomastik-Infeld CF30 for my G. Ahhhhh.... magic again!

    If changing strings is part of your fun, have fun.
    Cocobolo Pineapple #1
    Ohana Sopranissimo
    Maccaferri Islander
    Harmony Soprano
    D. Heilman ULO #7 Concert
    Mainland Cedar Baritone
    Kala Elite Custom Lebanese Cedar Tenor
    Kanilea K-1 SC
    Bonanza Retro Mint Pear Tenor
    Druid Moon Koa Tenor
    Primrose Cedar/Maple Soprano
    Flea Lava Soprano
    Outdoor Amethyst Soprano
    Cocobolo Cedar Top Tenor
    1933 Martin 1K Soprano

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    821

    Default

    I agree , string can change the sound of any ukulele, and often for the better but just as often for the worse. My quest is always to find the right strings for each ukulele. It is a very inexpensive and fun trial. Always leave the string on for a month if you can (and if new strings aren’t immediately horrible to your ears) so the strings can settle in! The only other advice is to document ukes changes, brand, size and time on and off the Uke. We tend to “think” we remember which set is which, and how long they have been on but......

    Case in point, the best ever string set on my custom Moodyville Tenor......sounded so fantastic.......can’t remember which set I had on.

    Good luck with the quest.......SAS is a cool affliction to have!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2016
    Location
    Walla Walla, WA
    Posts
    494

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Schroeder View Post
    I aim to try every string known to humanity on both instruments.
    Keep notes and share your knowledge, intrepid explorer. What about different tunings? You could be busy forever.
    Tiny Tenor TT-SM 5028
    Enya X1 soprano
    Kiwaya KTC-2

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Ames, Iowa/San Juan, Puerto Rico
    Posts
    2,763

    Default

    You can never find the best set of strings, because there is always another set that you have not tried that might be better.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/1978485476...rds=R.+L.+Link

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Oop North in England
    Posts
    5,181

    Default

    I have string change avoiding syndrome. I only change strings when I have to. I've pretty much standardised my strings on two or three reputable brands that I find work for me. Then I can concentrate on doing what I bought my ukuleles for in the first place... playing them.
    Geoff Walker

    I have several ukuleles in various sizes and am not planning on getting any more...

    at least, not yet.

    I also play some blowy things and a squeezy thing

    Internet:
    You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TootlinGeoff
    Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/tootlingeoff

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Posts
    13

    Default

    Funny you mention different tuning. My Bruko 6, having been freed from the rigors of busking in gCEA, is now tuned to D tuning and I love it! Another new instrument! (It IS okay to just tune the strings up, right? No special strings needed?)

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    751

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Tootler View Post
    Then I can concentrate on doing what I bought my ukuleles for in the first place... playing them.
    Great point!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •