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Andy Chen
11-19-2015, 06:58 PM
Sorry if this topic has been raised here before, but can most strings take this tuning?

I just tried it with a Living Waters low G set on my Outdoor camouflage tenor - seems fine.

I also used South Coast LL-NW (or was it LML-NW) on my other Outdoor tenor, which is obviously fine since it is recommended by Dirk himself on the website.

A friend of mine said he did this with Worth Browns and the A string snapped after five weeks.

Btw, going up to ADF#D on the Outdoor tenor really makes the instrument pop. It was already sweet sounding in GCEA, but going up gives it more volume and a beefier sound.

ukuleleden
11-19-2015, 08:41 PM
Yes, you'll actually find in older ukulele books that the D6 tuning (ADF#B) was a common tuning back in the day and still used by many players still.

Here's is a link that discusses uke tunings more in depth...

http://www.vintageukemusic.com/ukuleles/tuning.htm

Andy Chen
11-19-2015, 09:56 PM
Thanks for the link!

ukuleleden
11-20-2015, 01:25 AM
You're welcome. Enjoy exploring alternative tunings and possibly even eventually expanding into the realm of baritone ukulele playing!

kdmccullum
11-20-2015, 04:19 AM
You shouldn't have any trouble tuning up to D with a regular set. There is one set of strings that I used a couple years back when I had a Zebrawood soprano that didn't sound right unless it was tuned to D. It's the D'Addario J65s strings. They are made for D tuning specifically. Here is a link

http://www.daddario.com/DADProductDetail.Page?ActiveID=3769&productid=684&productname=EJ65S_Pro_Art__Custom_Extruded_Ukulele __Soprano

Tootler
11-20-2015, 11:16 AM
I've tuned sopranos up to D both with a Worth clear soprano/concert set and a Living Water soprano set with no problems. My Bruko soprano sounds better in D tuning. I've never tried Eb tuning which was the other common tuning in the 20s & 30s but if I did, I'd would probably use a capo. I'm not fond of high string tension and concert in C tuning is about the limit for me. I tune tenors down as I don't find the tension of a tenor in C tuning comfortable.

Andy Chen
11-21-2015, 04:12 AM
Thanks Geoff and kd, for your input.

Geoff: you should try South Coast Light and Light-medium strings, they are very comfortable for tenors at C tuning.

Tootler
11-21-2015, 06:12 AM
Thanks Geoff and kd, for your input.

Geoff: you should try South Coast Light and Light-medium strings, they are very comfortable for tenors at C tuning.

Thanks for the suggestion, Andy. I looked into South Coast strings but their higher cost plus the cost of shipping to the UK makes them a little expensive. Anyway, I happen to like my tenors tuned DGBE.