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hendulele
11-27-2014, 07:38 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, ukers!

I have a Mango soprano Flea (plastic fretboard) and am ready to change strings. Any recommendations? The stock strings are D'Addario nyltechs (I think).

I've used Aquila nylguts and Living Waters on my other ukes with good results, but am interested in alternatives, too.

I'm tempted to give D'Addario Titaniums a try. Thoughts? Thanks!

UkeCan1
11-27-2014, 07:59 AM
Happy Thanksgiving, ukers!

I have a Mango soprano Flea (plastic fretboard) and am ready to change strings. Any recommendations? The stock strings are D'Addario nyltechs (I think).

I've used Aquila nylguts and Living Waters on my other ukes with good results, but am interested in alternatives, too.

I'm tempted to give D'Addario Titaniums a try. Thoughts? Thanks!

Fluorocarbons all the way! A $5 set of Martin M600's from a local music store will transform a soprano Flea immediately. I currently have Fremont Black Lines on mine, and those are even a tad better. Haven't yet tried the Living Waters or Titanium, but I've heard great things about LW. But you really can't go wrong with any fluorocarbons, I think. So much better on the Flea than the Nyltechs.

wayfarer75
11-27-2014, 08:22 AM
+1 to Martin M600s. I have them on two sopranos (one koa, one laminate), and they sound great. Give them a try--they're cheap too!

PereBourik
11-27-2014, 10:01 AM
Another Martin M600 fan. Great on my concert Flea. Stable good tone and intonation. They seem to be readily available except at Martin dealers.

hendulele
11-27-2014, 11:28 AM
Thank you so much for the endorsements/recommendations! I'll get some soon! Cheers --

Kevs-the-name
11-27-2014, 12:26 PM
I put Living Water strings on mine... It totally changed the sound
I preferred them to anything else I tried.
(I also have Living Waters on my Tenor Fluke)

hendulele
11-27-2014, 12:40 PM
I put Living Water strings on mine... It totally changed the sound
I preferred them to anything else I tried.
(I also have Living Waters on my Tenor Fluke)

I have Living Waters on my tenor Ohana. They're completely different from the Aquilas that came with it. The Aquilas sound slightly mushy compared with the LWs. (That said, the Aqulias on my soprano Ohana are perfect. Go figure.) Thanks!

Captain Simian
11-27-2014, 03:12 PM
I have Aquila reds on one and Oasis bright high G's on another.

Brian1
11-27-2014, 04:04 PM
If someone is going for an old-timey vaudeville style sound what strings would you recommend ?

rappsy
11-27-2014, 06:51 PM
I have a Flea concert and have used Living Waters. Sounds soooooooooooooooooo good. I wanted to try another and now have Freemont Black Mediums on it. Just changed them so don't have an answer yet, but you can't go wrong with the Living Waters. IMHO, far superior to the stock strings.

Tootler
11-27-2014, 11:10 PM
Living Waters on my soprano Flea. Sounds great. Big improvement on the original Aquilas.

Newportlocal
11-28-2014, 12:55 AM
Living waters and PHDs on my flea. Like them both. Definitely can't go wrong on the living waters recommendations.

M3Ukulele
11-28-2014, 03:41 AM
+1 Fremont fluro's on my Tenor Walnut Ukulele. I did like Martin 620's but like the Fremont even better.

UkeCan1
11-28-2014, 04:39 AM
So far just about everybody's comparing one fluorocarbon set or another favoably to the Nylguts and Nyltechs ... but I'm curious if anyone has compared them to each other?

I've tried both the Martin M600's and the Fremont Black Lines. I loved the Martins, and I love the Fremonts even more, and haven't tried the Living Waters. The Fremonts are about twice the price of the Martins, the LW's are about three times it.

Do you find one better than the other, and in what ways? Are they worth the price difference?

I'd love to hear some comparisons among them. Especially, though not exclusively, if you have a soprano Flea as in the OP. (Or a First Act plastic uke. :))

kegmcnabb
11-28-2014, 05:51 AM
Honestly, I use Aurora colored strings. I believe they are an Aquila formula. They sounded kinda dry and dead at first but the sound really grew on me and now I love it.

Still, after all this talk of flourocarbons on Fleas, I might just install the GHS strings I got at the Milwaukee Uke Festival.

Tootler
11-28-2014, 06:29 AM
So far just about everybody's comparing one fluorocarbon set or another favoably to the Nylguts and Nyltechs ... but I'm curious if anyone has compared them to each other?

I've tried both the Martin M600's and the Fremont Black Lines. I loved the Martins, and I love the Fremonts even more, and haven't tried the Living Waters. The Fremonts are about twice the price of the Martins, the LW's are about three times it.

Do you find one better than the other, and in what ways? Are they worth the price difference?

I'd love to hear some comparisons among them. Especially, though not exclusively, if you have a soprano Flea as in the OP. (Or a First Act plastic uke. :))

The price difference here in the UK is not that great. I did a quick check and Martin M600 are about 6.00, Fremont Blacklines 7.50 and Living Water 6.50. Those prices will include 20% VAT but not shipping. I've not tried either Martin or Fremont strings so I can't comment on them but the uke I won in a prize draw in Holland back in October has the new formula Aquila and I find them much more mellow than the older formula and I'm happy to keep them on for the time being as the uke sounds great with them. Living Water strings are made here so that will make them cheaper, relatively, for us - also shipping is half as much.

Fleapluckin_Flapper
11-28-2014, 08:48 AM
I just put Daddario titaniums on mine & love it. I also em on my baritone.

SteveZ
11-28-2014, 08:54 AM
I've got Aquila Reds low-G on mine. Since it's an unwound low-G (meaning a wide diameter string) had to widen the nut and saddle slots to accommodate it (mandatory, otherwise problems result). The low-G sounds great in it.

Captain Simian
11-28-2014, 08:58 AM
So far just about everybody's comparing one fluorocarbon set or another favoably to the Nylguts and Nyltechs ... but I'm curious if anyone has compared them to each other?

I've tried both the Martin M600's and the Fremont Black Lines. I loved the Martins, and I love the Fremonts even more, and haven't tried the Living Waters. The Fremonts are about twice the price of the Martins, the LW's are about three times it.

Do you find one better than the other, and in what ways? Are they worth the price difference?

I'd love to hear some comparisons among them. Especially, though not exclusively, if you have a soprano Flea as in the OP. (Or a First Act plastic uke. :))

I also have a Maccaferri strung with standard Aquilas and a Roy Smeck with a plastic fingerboard strung with Martins. Over the weekend I'll record a few samples of them and post them. The Maccaferri I've been considering restringing with some Fremonts or D'Addario nylons so I'm hoping this will help with my decision.

UkeCan1
11-28-2014, 09:13 AM
Just to be clear, I'm asking for comparisons among brands of fluorocarbon strings.
I already know I prefer those to nylons / Nylguts / etc.

wayfarer75
11-28-2014, 09:46 AM
Just to be clear, I'm asking for comparisons among brands of fluorocarbon strings.
I already know I prefer those to nylons / Nylguts / etc.

I do prefer fluoros as well. I found Fremont Blacklines and Martin M600s to be very similar, but the Martins are punchier, the Fremonts have more "ping"--the best I can describe. Worth BMs are very nice, but I found the A string to not be very strong in volume. LoPrinzis I played very briefly but were very balanced, good for strumming over picking. Living Waters are so far my favorite on my concert uke, I haven't tried them on a soprano. I have them strung with a low G Fremont Soloist string, and they sound good together, rather tenor-y, but I am not sure how LWs would sound on a soprano. I like Martins and have them on both of my sopranos because they have a classic soprano sound, at least to my ears, are inexpensive and easily found. That's why I made that suggestion earlier in the thread.

That said, the OP was asking a different question from your own, so folks making comparisons were doing so considering strings that the OP already tried. Perhaps if you want more answers to your question, you can start a new post?

Tootler
11-28-2014, 01:09 PM
Just to be clear, I'm asking for comparisons among brands of fluorocarbon strings.
I already know I prefer those to nylons / Nylguts / etc.

I've tried Worth both clear and brown on different ukes (my two Risa uke's came with Worth brown) and also pyramid carbon which are the default on Bruko. I find the Worth clear and Living Water very similar with Living Water having a slight edge - a little more mellow. The pyramids are very bright, some would say harsh but I quite like them for their brightness. They seem to suit the type of song I like to sing, mainly trad folk. When the time comes to change the strings on my Brukos, I will go for living water, though. The Worth brown are harder to judge because the Risas are solid body electric so a comparison with other ukes is difficult. I'll just say I really like the Risa ukes.

UkeCan1
11-28-2014, 01:34 PM
I do prefer fluoros as well. I found Fremont Blacklines and Martin M600s to be very similar, but the Martins are punchier, the Fremonts have more "ping"--the best I can describe. Worth BMs are very nice, but I found the A string to not be very strong in volume. LoPrinzis I played very briefly but were very balanced, good for strumming over picking. Living Waters are so far my favorite on my concert uke, I haven't tried them on a soprano. I have them strung with a low G Fremont Soloist string, and they sound good together, rather tenor-y, but I am not sure how LWs would sound on a soprano. I like Martins and have them on both of my sopranos because they have a classic soprano sound, at least to my ears, are inexpensive and easily found. That's why I made that suggestion earlier in the thread.

That said, the OP was asking a different question from your own, so folks making comparisons were doing so considering strings that the OP already tried. Perhaps if you want more answers to your question, you can start a new post?

Thanks, that's exactly the sort of info I was looking for. I appreciate you sharing your experience.

I think my question was a valid follow-on to the OP. I understood the OP to be asking an open-ended question regarding what strings folks recommend for a soprano Flea ... and then shared what strings they'd tried and were considering, and asked additionally for thoughts on the latter. I too have a soprano Flea and am interested in the responses to the first question.

I noticed that a majority of the responses were recommending one fluorocarbon brand or another - I was one of those. I was adding to the original query. Given that most folks seem to prefer the fluorocarbons, I wondered whether anyone had tried more than one brand and could offer comparisons. I already know I like the Martins ... and they're inexpensive and easy to obtain. Here in the US, many of the other brands cost significantly more ... and I wondered whether folks who'd tried multiple kinds thought they were superior, and if so by how much, and whether they think the quality difference is worth the price difference.

I think it belongs in this thread. Apologies to the original poster if they think it's a sidetrack - I do hope you'll let me know. I didn't want to be running two threads that seemed to me likely to be quite similar. That said, if others think it belongs elsewhere, I'm happy to start another. I'm still pretty new here ... it's easy to misjudge these things.

hendulele
12-11-2014, 11:01 AM
UPDATE: I restrung the Flea with D'Addario Titaniums and am very happy so far! Great feel, good projection. The Flea has a much cleaner sound than before. The purple is pretty cool, too. Thanks for all the advice, UUers!