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mikhou
05-22-2018, 11:51 AM
OK. So I have a new Ohana TK-50G that I was underwhelmed with until I switched to Worth Browns. I was struck by the stark contrast in the brashness of the Aquilas that it arrived with vs. the Worth Browns. I shared about that here: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?133136-Ohana-TK-50G-with-Worth-Browns. After a week of playing it, I still liked the Worth Browns and it fingerpicked well, but it didn't strum well and it was a bit muted.

Today I put a set of Living Water strings on it and this uke just leaped to a next level of playability and sound. It retains the clarity of the rosewood, removes the brashness of the Aquilas, gives it a touch more brightness than the Worth Browns while still retaining warmth, and the notes sing out. And it strums great! I had never tried Ken's Living Water strings before, but now I want to put them on every uke that I have. (My guess is that the Aquilas are still going to be best for my little laminate concert, but I'm willing to give it a go with the LWs.) I've only been playing a year plus and just haven't been in a position to try different string sets, but when I picked up this TK-50G, I knew that I had to find the right set, and right now the right set is LWs.

Ukecaster
05-22-2018, 12:19 PM
Good to hear! I also have that model, and went thru the same thing: Aquila to Worth Browns, and while the Browns are better, I also feel it does not strum with the sound I'd like, so I'll have to try a set of LWs on mine too. Thanks for the info. Here's pics of mine below, would love to see pics of your uke too.

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twokatmew
05-22-2018, 12:32 PM
OK. So I have a new Ohana TK-50G that I was underwhelmed with until I switched to Worth Browns. I was struck by the stark contrast in the brashness of the Aquilas that it arrived with vs. the Worth Browns. I shared about that here: http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?133136-Ohana-TK-50G-with-Worth-Browns. After a week of playing it, I still liked the Worth Browns and it fingerpicked well, but it didn't strum well and it was a bit muted.

Today I put a set of Living Water strings on it and this uke just leaped to a next level of playability and sound. It retains the clarity of the rosewood, removes the brashness of the Aquilas, gives it a touch more brightness than the Worth Browns while still retaining warmth, and the notes sing out. And it strums great! I had never tried Ken's Living Water strings before, but now I want to put them on every uke that I have. (My guess is that the Aquilas are still going to be best for my little laminate concert, but I'm willing to give it a go with the LWs.) I've only been playing a year plus and just haven't been in a position to try different string sets, but when I picked up this TK-50G, I knew that I had to find the right set, and right now the right set is LWs.

Yes, I agree. I love Worth Browns on my Mainland red cedar/rosewood tenor for finger picking, but not so much strumming. Where can I buy Living Water strings? Perhaps I'll give them a try. I do like Worth Browns on my Kala solid mahogany tenor for strumming.

mikhou
05-22-2018, 12:49 PM
Yes, I agree. I love Worth Browns on my Mainland red cedar/rosewood tenor for finger picking, but not so much strumming. Where can I buy Living Water strings? Perhaps I'll give them a try. I do like Worth Browns on my Kala solid mahogany tenor for strumming.

The two places that I have found to buy them are directly from Ken Middleton (Google him) or Uke Republic.

Steedy
05-22-2018, 12:53 PM
Ohana ukes and Living Water strings are like a match made in heaven! :cool:

mikhou
05-22-2018, 01:00 PM
Ohana ukes and Living Water strings are like a match made in heaven! :cool:

It's even printed on the packaging. ;)