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mikhou
05-14-2018, 10:49 AM
I don't post much, but I thought that I would chime in here. I just acquired an Ohana TK-50G (tenor uke with solid cedar top and solid rosewood back and sides). Prior to now, my only uke has been an Ohana CK-10S (concert uke with solid mahogany top and laminated mahogany back and sides). All that I have ever played on the CK-10S were Aquila Super Nylgut strings, and they sounded good to my untrained ear. When I received the TK-50G it was strung with the same strings, and it was quite brash. I liked the punchy sound and the string clarity, but the sound was just "in your face" brash. So I put some Worth Browns on it today, and, wow, what a difference in tone. It sounds SO different (and better). I'm looking forward to putting it through the paces and seeing how it responds over time. I think that next I'll try to Living Waters or some Oasis Warms on it.

mikhou

kerneltime
05-14-2018, 11:15 AM
Yeah worth brown are very nice.. I had a similar experience with my Martin c1k and Mya Moe Beansprout. My cocobolo came with it and I reverted back to it after having tried a few different strings.

twokatmew
05-14-2018, 11:16 AM
I don't post much, but I thought that I would chime in here. I just acquired an Ohana TK-50G (tenor uke with solid cedar top and solid rosewood back and sides). Prior to now, my only uke has been an Ohana CK-10S (concert uke with solid mahogany top and laminated mahogany back and sides). All that I have ever played on the CK-10S were Aquila Super Nylgut strings, and they sounded good to my untrained ear. When I received the TK-50G it was strung with the same strings, and it was quite brash. I liked the punchy sound and the string clarity, but the sound was just "in your face" brash. So I put some Worth Browns on it today, and, wow, what a difference in tone. It sounds SO different (and better). I'm looking forward to putting it through the paces and seeing how it responds over time. I think that next I'll try to Living Waters or some Oasis Warms on it.

mikhou

Congrats on your new uke and finding the right strings for it. On Saturday I got a Mainland reded cedar/rosewood tenor (pretty much the same uke as yours). I've never liked super nylgut strings, but I thought they sounded ok. When I restrung with Worth Browns, wow! IMNSHO, this is the perfect string for this uke. :)

mikhou
05-14-2018, 11:20 AM
Congrats on your new uke and finding the right strings for it. On Saturday I got a Mainland reded cedar/rosewood tenor (pretty much the same uke as yours). I've never liked super nylgut strings, but I thought they sounded ok. When I restrung with Worth Browns, wow! IMNSHO, this is the perfect string for this uke. :)

I was going between this Ohana and that exact Mainland. I just couldn't get past the rope binding. I don't care for it. I know, I know. It's all about the sound, but you need to think that your uke is purty, too. ;) In all honesty, if not for the rope binding, I likely would have gone Mainland because I found more online reviews about the Mainland.

Ukecaster
05-14-2018, 12:50 PM
I have a TK-50G also, and found the same thing. Mine came with Ny!techs, which I didn't like. Next, I tried Worth Clears, which were better, but still brighter than I like. Then tried Worth Browns, which are perfect for this uke. Congrats on your new uke, the rosewood /cedar combo is very different than the mahogany tenors I've tried, punchy and powerful, IMO better for fingerstyle than strumming, YMMV.

They are beautiful ukes, I prefer the abalone to the Mainland roping too. Mine has a wide sapwood stripe down the middle of the back, very unique.

twokatmew
05-14-2018, 01:14 PM
I was going between this Ohana and that exact Mainland. I just couldn't get past the rope binding. I don't care for it. I know, I know. It's all about the sound, but you need to think that your uke is purty, too. ;) In all honesty, if not for the rope binding, I likely would have gone Mainland because I found more online reviews about the Mainland.

I agree, but get this. The Mainland has no side fretboard markers. Ack! It has a lot of rope binding. Ack! And mine happens to have gold hardware, which I hate, because the finish eventually wears and looks bad. Ack! But ... when I played the uke, it sounded so good I just had to have it. So on looks alone, I wouldn't have bought it. But that sound got me! And strangely enough, now I think it's a beautiful uke. :D

I've ordered some transfer side dots from Amazon, similar to what I put on my Hirade classical guitar back in the '70s. So much for having vowed I'd never buy an instrument w/o side dots ... or with lots of rope binding ... or with gold hardware ! :rofl:

Edit: Tuta (hope I spelled her name correctly) does an absolutely fabulous setup. There's not a sharp edge anywhere, and the action at the 12th fret is 2.25mm just like I like it. I met her and Mike at Mighty Uke Day this past weekend. Really nice people, and Mike made me a great deal on the uke and hard case. :)

mikhou
05-14-2018, 01:39 PM
IMO better for fingerstyle than strumming

I've already had that impression after just a few days. It fingerpicks well - clean, clear, and distinct. But I'll be strumming it quite a bit as well, I'm sure. ;)

mikhou
05-14-2018, 01:41 PM
But ... when I played the uke, it sounded so good I just had to have it. So on looks alone, I wouldn't have bought it. But that sound got me! And strangely enough, now I think it's a beautiful uke. :D

I just hope that when I do get a chance to play a Mainland that I don't regret my decision to go with the Ohana. ;)

twokatmew
05-14-2018, 01:48 PM
I just hope that when I do get a chance to play a Mainland that I don't regret my decision to go with the Ohana. ;)

I believe the ukes are made in the same factory. Mainland does final assembly in Indiana, where they install the tuning machines, a pickup if you want it, and Tuta does her great setup. I think if you close your eyes and play each one, you probably can't tell the difference ... aside from normal sample variation. :)

twokatmew
05-14-2018, 01:51 PM
I've already had that impression after just a few days. It fingerpicks well - clean, clear, and distinct. But I'll be strumming it quite a bit as well, I'm sure. ;)

I agree, it's particularly good for fingerstyle. But it sounds good strummed, too. Or you could always get yourself a mahogany one for strumming. :)

mikhou
05-14-2018, 01:58 PM
I agree, it's particularly good for fingerstyle. But it sounds good strummed, too. Or you could always get yourself a mahogany one for strumming. :)

While getting a solid mahogany for strumming would be nice, my guess is that my wife thinks that one new one at a time is enough. ;)