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    John- We have strung smaller ukes gdae and baritones cgda and low gdae with success. I think Gordon will put together sets for you if you ask nicely!

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    Have everything (tenor guitar, tenor banjo, mandolins, soprano ukuleles and concert ukuleles) all tuned GDAE. Have been using Aquila 5ths on the ukuleles. Aquila has a GDAE set for sopranos and a CGDA set for concert. On the concerts I just use the Aquila GDA from the concert set and 20lb test monofilament line for the E string (it tunes and sounds fine).

    Am glad to see another vendor looking at the 5ths market, especially for tenor and baritone which Aquila doesn't currently service.
    ...SteveZ

    Ukuleles: Martin T1K (T), Oscar Schmidt OU28T (T8), Lanikai LU-6 (T6), RISA Solid (C), Effin UkeStart (C)
    Banjo-Ukes: Duke 10 (T), Lanikai LB6-S (S)
    Tenor Guitars: Martin TEN515, Blueridge BR-40T
    Tenor Banjo: Deering Goodtime 17-Fret
    Mandolin: Burgess (#7)

    The inventory is always in some flux, but that's part of the fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronckeim View Post
    John- We have strung smaller ukes gdae and baritones cgda and low gdae with success. I think Gordon will put together sets for you if you ask nicely!
    Great idea. I may give him a call tomorrow.

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    Reviving thread...

    I bought a junky baritone ukulele for my first try at converting a Ukulele to a resonator ukulele. But I thought I’d try a tenor guitar tuning before I start the project.

    I found the website “http://stringtensionpro.com” very helpful. It is D’Addario’s string gauge calculator. Type in the scale length, note/octave, and approximate gauge or tension.

    Scale is 487 mm, (19-3/16 in)
    Tuning is C3, G3, D4, A4
    Used the individual string tensions from a D’Addario standard baritone ukulele string set, EJ65B.

    Results:

    C3 - 14.870 lbs., 0.0380 in. wound
    G3 - 14.370 lbs., 0.0300 in. wound
    D4 - 10.320 lbs., 0.0300 in. Clear nylon
    A4 - 11.770 lbs., 0.0240 in. Clear nylon

    I’ll order the strings and try it out.

    Ed
    Pono MBD Baritone Ukulele
    Córdoba 23T Tenor Ukulele
    Kala UBass SSMHG-FS, Solid Spruce top
    Old Kingston Baritone ukulele from the mid-1960’s. Using it as a test instrument.

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