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M3Ukulele
02-16-2015, 04:00 PM
Considering kanilea tenor ..........read they are voiced for aquila strings. Wondering what other srings sound good on kanilea tenors.

rockyl
02-16-2015, 04:29 PM
I love the Living Waters on my K1-T.

Steedy
02-16-2015, 04:30 PM
Living Waters and also Oasis Brights.

peterbright
02-16-2015, 04:33 PM
Mine Kanile'a K1 ST Deluxe came with Oasis Brights and they sound fine. I'm going to try multiple additional strings.

bigphil
02-16-2015, 04:41 PM
I use Worth strings on both of my Kanile'a's. I thought the Aquila's were harsh sounding on them. Nothing against Aquila's, my KoAloha soprano sings withy hose strings!

wickedwahine11
02-17-2015, 04:00 AM
I love the Living Waters on my K1-T.

Ditto. After trying a lot of different brands on my Kanilea, the Living Waters were my favorite.

M3Ukulele
02-17-2015, 04:08 PM
I haven't tried Living Waters string yet but guess that is next up. I like Worth Clears and Savarez on my two tenors. Looking at KSDLX tenor - spruce top with Koa sides/back with great looking koa sound hole rosette and ebony appointments. I guess its like any Ukulele, try unit you find the sound. Good suggestions, I've been wanting to try LW.
Thanks for comments.

Brenda Wong
02-17-2015, 04:49 PM
I use Worth strings on both of my Kanile'a's. I thought the Aquila's were harsh sounding on them. Nothing against Aquila's, my KoAloha soprano sings withy hose strings!

I am told by both Joe at Kanilea and Aaron at HMS not to use Worth. Only Aquila or Oasis strings.

bigphil
02-17-2015, 05:21 PM
Well Aquila doesn't offer an unwound low G, not sure about Oasis. I believe the Worth's are very similar to Living Waters too, so it seems I may not be the only one ignoring Joe and Aaron's advice... :)

wickedwahine11
02-17-2015, 05:37 PM
I am told by both Joe at Kanilea and Aaron at HMS not to use Worth. Only Aquila or Oasis strings.

Interesting. May I ask did they give a reason why they said not to use Worth?

soupking
02-17-2015, 06:16 PM
Interesting. May I ask did they give a reason why they said not to use Worth?

Just an amateur guess, but I'd think it would have to do with the string gauges. I know nothing of Oasis strings, but I do know switching from a nylon (Aquila, for example) type string to a fluorocarbon type (Worth, et al) string has never "worked," to my ear, anyway. While I've fallen into the trap losing millions of dollars buying and reselling ukuleles, I thankfully never got caught up in the string buying quandary.

Seriously, though. Switching gauges on certain set-ups has never resulted in good results to my ear, and I'm no great player- to any extent. I'm just an enthusiast. I never change strings unless one frays (Worth A strings, anyone... wtf?), so I usually go with what's available on hand. If it's a different type of string it usually sounds off to me. -- Matt

M3Ukulele
02-17-2015, 07:16 PM
I have found that trying different strings can really change the sound of a ukulele. In general I like flurocarbon over nylon. I am not a big fan of aquila but will try the new super nylgut and now lava. It's just fun. Now,not really liking standard aquila I do find , on line sound samples, they do sound good on kanilea tenors. Or it could be Cory's great playing. I did like oasis and use worth clears a lot. So, when I find the kanilea that suits me, I guess I will play arounds with strings. Good suggestions thanks. Any other suggestions out there.

Brenda Wong
02-18-2015, 03:18 AM
Interesting. May I ask did they give a reason why they said not to use Worth?

I wanted to buy the Worth when I was there (just because it's not available in Canada). Aaron said I should not use Worth because Kanile'a is built for Aquila (he may have mentioned the reason but I can't remember exactly. Perhaps it was the tension of the strings? . ) . He basically said Worth doesn't sound good on a Kanilea. He said if I really want to change strings, Oasis is the other brand I should use . For that, he threw in two sets of Oasis without charging me.
I asked Joe at Kanilea' just to confirm , he said Kanilea has their own low G string (only the G. they don't make the set). He agreed I should only use Aquila because that's what his uku are built for. He didn't go into detail and I didn't ask if I can use Worth.

spookelele
02-18-2015, 04:44 AM
Well Aquila doesn't offer an unwound low G

The reds are unwound, and can be mixed with the others.

Brenda Wong
02-18-2015, 04:55 AM
The reds are unwound, and can be mixed with the others.

I have the red (Low G) on the Kala tenor. It's sound very very pretty and easy to play but you may not like the unwound sound.

UkerDanno
02-18-2015, 04:59 AM
Considering kanilea tenor ..........read they are voiced for aquila strings. Wondering what other srings sound good on kanilea tenors.

wondering how and why you "voice" an instrument for a certain string?! I recently demo'ed a variety of Hawaiian ukes and liked the Kanilea, but would change the strings...I think Martins would sound good, since they seem to be a popular choice for koa ukes.

UkerDanno
02-18-2015, 05:01 AM
I haven't tried Living Waters string yet but guess that is next up. I like Worth Clears and Savarez on my two tenors. Looking at KSDLX tenor - spruce top with Koa sides/back with great looking koa sound hole rosette and ebony appointments. I guess its like any Ukulele, try unit you find the sound. Good suggestions, I've been wanting to try LW.
Thanks for comments.

with a spruce top, I would try Worth browns and/or Fremont blacklines...

spookelele
02-18-2015, 05:02 AM
I have the red (Low G) on the Kala tenor. It's sound very very pretty and easy to play but you may not like the unwound sound.

If you order super nylgut in low G, it comes with the red.
The reds sound fine. They blend ok with the various white ones.
But the texture is kinda weird. It feels like cardboard texture, and does make a little noise when you slide but nowhere near as bad as wound. I kinda wish they made a polished/slippery set of reds. I would pay extra for a smooth/slippery textured red.

deschutestrout
02-18-2015, 05:08 AM
with a spruce top, I would try Worth browns and/or Fremont blacklines...

I 2nd that. I tried several on my spruce top concert, and Worth browns out shined the rest.

molokinirum
02-18-2015, 05:29 AM
I have a Kanile'a 6 string that came with the aquila string and it sounds real good to me and those who listen to my playing say at least the strings sound real good!!

hawaii 50
02-18-2015, 05:42 AM
I wanted to buy the Worth when I was there (just because it's not available in Canada). Aaron said I should not use Worth because Kanile'a is built for Aquila (he may have mentioned the reason but I can't remember exactly. Perhaps it was the tension of the strings? . ) . He basically said Worth doesn't sound good on a Kanilea. He said if I really want to change strings, Oasis is the other brand I should use . For that, he threw in two sets of Oasis without charging me.
I asked Joe at Kanilea' just to confirm , he said Kanilea has their own low G string (only the G. they don't make the set). He agreed I should only use Aquila because that's what his uku are built for. He didn't go into detail and I didn't ask if I can use Worth.

the DiAdarrio Nyltech strings use the same compound as the Aquilla strings( but made in the USA)....MGM used to recommend the Nyltech on Kanile'a ukes,so if you don't trust the Aquillas try the DiAddarios

I use the Oasis strings on my Kanile'a...:)

Rakelele
02-18-2015, 06:55 AM
I wanted to buy the Worth when I was there (just because it's not available in Canada). Aaron said I should not use Worth because Kanile'a is built for Aquila (he may have mentioned the reason but I can't remember exactly. Perhaps it was the tension of the strings? . ) . He basically said Worth doesn't sound good on a Kanilea. He said if I really want to change strings, Oasis is the other brand I should use . For that, he threw in two sets of Oasis without charging me.
I asked Joe at Kanilea' just to confirm , he said Kanilea has their own low G string (only the G. they don't make the set). He agreed I should only use Aquila because that's what his uku are built for. He didn't go into detail and I didn't ask if I can use Worth.

I suppose this is simply a matter of preference, not of building specs. I have Worth strings on all my Kanileas, and they sound great. The reason why I started using those is because I wanted low G but felt that wound strings sounded to brash on an all Koa Kanilea. Apart from the wound low G, Oasis are pretty similar to Worth (same material).

wayfarer75
02-18-2015, 07:10 AM
I suppose this is simply a matter of preference, not of building specs. I have Worth strings on all my Kanileas, and they sound great. The reason why I started using those is because I wanted low G but felt that wound strings sounded to brash on an all Koa Kanilea. Apart from the wound low G, Oasis are pretty similar to Worth (same material).

Yes, Oasis are similar to Worth, and I also think they're similar to Martins. I don't get this notion to "only use Aquilas" on a Kanilea, and the suggestion of Oasis as the sole alternative seems very odd. Lots of players don't use the stock strings for the brands they play. What does Aldrine use on his Kanilea? Last I heard it was D'Addario T2s.

hendulele
02-18-2015, 07:37 AM
I tried a Worth low G on my Ohana tenor (not a fan of wound strings), and the gauge was too large for the nut. I switched the Aquila red low g, which fit the slot of the nut just fine but then snapped. As has every Aquila red I've tried. So it's back to a high g fluorocarbon.

Coconut Willie
02-18-2015, 08:41 AM
My Kanile'a came with the aquila strings and I really like how it sounds.

Doc_J
02-18-2015, 08:46 AM
Yes, Oasis are similar to Worth, and I also think they're similar to Martins. I don't get this notion to "only use Aquilas" on a Kanilea, and the suggestion of Oasis as the sole alternative seems very odd. Lots of players don't use the stock strings for the brands they play. What does Aldrine use on his Kanilea? Last I heard it was D'Addario T2s.

The recommendation of strings may have to do with the standard set-up. Aquila are thicker and should have a different setup at the nut than the thinner Worth CTs.

I've got a combination of Worths/Savarez/Oasis on my Kanile'a Mango tenor. Sounds great!

wayfarer75
02-18-2015, 09:35 AM
The recommendation of strings may have to do with the standard set-up. Aquila are thicker and should have a different setup at the nut than the thinner Worth CTs.

I've got a combination of Worths/Savarez/Oasis on my Kanile'a Mango tenor. Sounds great!

Oasis are thinner strings than Aquila, which is why I think it strange that Aaron suggested those.

Doc_J
02-18-2015, 10:09 AM
Oasis are thinner strings than Aquila, which is why I think it strange that Aaron suggested those.

True. Worth and Oasis seem very similar.

Worth tenors string diameters are 0.0224" 0.0260" 0.0291" 0.0244"
Oasis brights string diameters are 0.0215" 0.027" 0.030" 0.023"

UkerDanno
02-18-2015, 01:53 PM
The recommendation of strings may have to do with the standard set-up. Aquila are thicker and should have a different setup at the nut than the thinner Worth CTs.

I've got a combination of Worths/Savarez/Oasis on my Kanile'a Mango tenor. Sounds great!

at the nut, all things should be the same...the bottom of the string will be the same unless it's thicker and riding high in the nut slot.

Brenda Wong
02-19-2015, 05:03 PM
Yes, Oasis are similar to Worth, and I also think they're similar to Martins. I don't get this notion to "only use Aquilas" on a Kanilea, and the suggestion of Oasis as the sole alternative seems very odd. Lots of players don't use the stock strings for the brands they play. What does Aldrine use on his Kanilea? Last I heard it was D'Addario T2s.

That's a very good question. He represent Kaniliea. I am going to email Joe at Kaniliea to clarify this.

Brenda Wong
02-19-2015, 05:06 PM
Oasis are thinner strings than Aquila, which is why I think it strange that Aaron suggested those.

Yes the Oasis is much thinner and almost invisible.
I am not advance enough to understand the different made so I just took Aaron advise without asking for reason.
He basically said you don't put Worth on a Kanail'a . Each uku uses specific brand .

Brenda Wong
02-19-2015, 05:09 PM
I tried a Worth low G on my Ohana tenor (not a fan of wound strings), and the gauge was too large for the nut. I switched the Aquila red low g, which fit the slot of the nut just fine but then snapped. As has every Aquila red I've tried. So it's back to a high g fluorocarbon.

I thought I was the only one having problem with the red string snapping. Glad to know it's the made of the red string.

wayfarer75
02-20-2015, 03:34 AM
Yes the Oasis is much thinner and almost invisible.
I am not advance enough to understand the different made so I just took Aaron advise without asking for reason.
He basically said you don't put Worth on a Kanail'a . Each uku uses specific brand .

No, of course I wouldn't question Aaron either if I had talked to him after I'd only been playing for a few months. I just am super curious about his recommendation. Too bad he isn't on UU and we can't ask him. He probably just has strong opinions about which strings sound good to him on certain brands of ukes.

peterbright
02-20-2015, 04:24 AM
The reds are unwound, and can be mixed with the others.

Just put a red on my Kanile'a...the other 3 strings are Oasis Brights. Sounds fine so far. I adjusted my string attack somewhat to get the best sound...otherwise the Red low G is louder than I prefer.

Brenda Wong
02-20-2015, 04:54 AM
No, of course I wouldn't question Aaron either if I had talked to him after I'd only been playing for a few months. I just am super curious about his recommendation. Too bad he isn't on UU and we can't ask him. He probably just has strong opinions about which strings sound good to him on certain brands of ukes.

I think you can still contact him through HMS email.

Brenda Wong
02-20-2015, 03:40 PM
Just put a red on my Kanile'a...the other 3 strings are Oasis Brights. Sounds fine so far. I adjusted my string attack somewhat to get the best sound...otherwise the Red low G is louder than I prefer.

Still waiting for Joe (owner of Kanilea ) reply. Stay tune. Joe is very good with email.

blue_knight_usa
02-20-2015, 06:35 PM
Put a set of D'Addario EJ87T T2 Titanium on it...play it for a week and listen to it sing. I had been using a lot of sets on my Kanilea and the T2's work great, but then again don't listen to what anyone tells you (including me) with strings because it's all personal preference, but the heavier gauge with higher tension will get the sustain really going on it regardless (if you like sustain). Mine is the K1 Deluxe with UV Gloss. I am re-entrant tuned currently but also use a Fremont Soloist for the Low G but with the T2's the re-entrant has really impressed me.

I used Living Waters, Savarez, Oasis, Worths, and Southcoasts on it over the past few years (most recent the Oasis and Living Waters this past six months) and the T2's really surprised me. You'll probably get asked "Are those strings purple"...as the have a tint of purple look to them. The SouthCoast I used come in a very close second, but Dirk has all new sets I just got, so now I have to try out those....another 5 sets to go!

Find what you like as no one can tell you what's going to work the best for your particular uke except your ears. D'Addarrio has a new set out which I'm going to put on a uke soon. In the end, just get many different strings and start playing them over the course of time on the same uke, or if you are impatient like me, put them on for 3-4 weeks and then put on a new set. The better sounding set goes back on...then replace with a different set. The better sounding and feeling set stays on, etc. Some people really don't care and others are looking for that perfect sound only they know when they hear it.

Good luck!