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    You might want to add LIVING WATER STRINGS and even though they are Made in Heaven you can contact Ken Middleton here on UU to purchase them.
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    Default Kala 6 String

    I was wondering if you knew the type of strings to use on a 6 string ukulele? I know a regular set would be ok, but I am having difficulties figuring out what size to low wound A string is and what to ask for. The G string size would also be worthwhile knowing. Thanks.

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    Standard 6 string sets have the 1st (A) and 3rd (C) courses octaved while the 2nd (E) and 4th (G) courses are singles. Another configuration has the 1st course in unison with the 4th course being a low G and leaving the other courses intact. Ko`olau offers this config in their string sets.

    Here's the breakdown of the Ko'olau 6 String Set:

    (packet #4)
    6th G – .032 Silver Wound
    (packet #3)
    5th C – .020 Plain Monofilament
    4th C – .041 Plain Monofilament
    (packet #2)
    3rd E – .033 Plain Monofilament
    (packet #1)
    2nd A – .029 Plain Monofilament
    1st A – .029 Plain Monofilament

    Info on the Southcoast 6 & 8 String sets can be found here . . .

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    pa`a ka waha.

    Observe with the eyes; listen with the ears; shut the mouth.
    Thus one learns.


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    Default Great Job

    Great job. Appreciate the information. Have been wondering about strings and their characteristics and you have provided a great many answers.

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    A wonderful resource, thanks.

    If you click on my link in signature, there is also a database of strings I have that you all can contribute to. It gives your opinions, and experiences, and what instrument you play your strings on.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...CJmiu9kC#gid=0
    My Soprano Empire:
    VINTAGE MARTINS: c.'48 Martin 0
    OTHER VINTAGE: c30s Blue Favilla, c50 TV Pal, 30s Redhead
    MODERN MARTINS: OXK; 2012 2M
    KAMAKA: 2010 Pineapple (RIP MGM)

    My Baritone Empire:
    '12 Kala KA-B, '69 Silvertone, c.'53-57 Favilla, c.'63 Martin, '11 Kamaka

    STRUMTESTS//ADD to The STRING DATABASE and UKE CASE DATABASE // Take the NAME THAT MARTIN test.

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    Question I don't see answered:

    Whose strings are tend to which tensions?

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    I went with Southcoast's recommendations for maximum Chime. I have the 8 string set and have mine tuned G cC E AA. I was thinking of changing to aA, but Dirk said it wouldn't make too much difference.

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    Having tried most strings on the market I am now more than happy with Kens living water strings, I like the feel and the sound of them, so as long as they are available I will use them, but it is a personal choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADD View Post
    You might want to add LIVING WATER STRINGS and even though they are Made in Heaven you can contact Ken Middleton here on UU to purchase them.
    Not really. My strings are only available from the online store on my website. I just cannot run a business through a forum. Even when I am at home, I would miss too many orders. But I am often travelling and don't always get change to check everything.

    However, I am really happy to answer general questions through PMs, on the subject of strings or anything else.
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    http://www.KenMiddleton.co.uk

    For Living Water Strings go to http://www.kenmiddleton.co.uk/Pages/LWS.aspx

    For Ohana related comments, observations and questions, email me at ken@ohana-music.com

    Remember: a ukulele is forever.

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    saw these
    Galli Strings UX730 BIONYLON Tenor UKULELE Strings

    on Musicians friend, $3.99 shipped. might try them as they are pretty cheap. they also make fluoro.

    Aquilla also has a new product, their super nygluts [grey package]. with red low g. have them on a vintage Martin tenor. so far I LIKE THEM. but they are pricy. silkier than their nygluts, hope the red holds up, have not had good luck with them.
    here is a nice review [not mine]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEpBA_McMjg
    Last edited by strumsilly; 04-13-2014 at 05:06 AM.
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