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Joyful Uke
01-23-2019, 10:48 AM
I was lucky enough to buy a slightly used concert Moon Bird, which arrived yesterday, in the midst of an ice storm. After the long wait for it to safely warm up after its road trip, I finally am able to play it.

Wow! I understand now why people are loving the Moon Birds. The looks probably aren't for everyone, but I really like it. Very well made. Louder than I expected, very well balanced sound all the way up the neck, great intonation, (which can annoy me on some ukuleles), and, well, I just can't think of anything negative to say about it.

Even the case is great!

While I have no intention of changing strings yet, that is my one question. The Anuenue strings aren't sold in the US. Has anyone decided what they'll do when it's time to change strings? Order from overseas? Try some other strings? (If so, which ones?)

Meanwhile, the Moon Bird will cheer me up during this dreary, icy, cold winter weather.

RafterGirl
01-23-2019, 11:00 AM
I’ve kept the aNueNue Blackwater strings on mine. I’m not 100% sold on them, but I don’t dislike them enough to change them yet. When I do change, it will probably be Worth Browns or Living Waters. If I want more of the Blackwater strings, I’d get them through World of Ukes in the UK.

I’m so glad you finally got to join the Moon Bird family.

onyx725
01-23-2019, 11:55 AM
Congratulations on the new Moon Bird, Joyful. Another new owner here (got mine used last week). I’m also on the fence on the stock strings. My go-to strings have always been Worth Clears and Browns. At some point I’ll be trying those but I’m still in the ‘getting to know you’ phase. I also am getting a pickup installed.

Joyful Uke
01-23-2019, 02:34 PM
I have already been wondering what it would sound like with Living Water or Worth strings. I like those strings on other ukuleles.
But will stick with stock strings for now, since today is my first day of playing it. :-)

30svintage
01-23-2019, 02:53 PM
I was lucky enough to find a used tenor Moon Bird. It came with D'Addario strings. I put on Living Waters and they are wonderful. I can't imagine the need to try anything else.

Joyful Uke
01-24-2019, 05:12 AM
I think the first string change will be to Living Water strings, based on responses so far. I tend to like the LW strings anyway.
But, I'll enjoy it as it is for now.

RafterGirl
01-24-2019, 05:28 AM
Let us know what you think when you switch to Living Waters.

pix.fairydust
01-24-2019, 07:47 AM
I think Fremont blacklines would be a good fit. Worth browns on the tenor don't work in my opinion

valde002
01-24-2019, 08:45 AM
Whats wrong with the stock strings? How do they compare with the love vs hate of Kamaka strings?

pix.fairydust
01-24-2019, 09:55 AM
Seconded, the stock strings are fantastic in my opinion. Original post was about a recommendation if the anuenue black waters were not available/hard to come by

Joyful Uke
01-24-2019, 03:31 PM
Whats wrong with the stock strings? How do they compare with the love vs hate of Kamaka strings?

I like the stock strings, but they aren't currently being sold in the US. At some point, a string change will be necessary, & the question was meant for what to do then.

As far as Kamaka stock strings, I happen to be someone who doesn't like them. But we all have different tastes, & others like them. :-)

DownUpDave
01-24-2019, 11:51 PM
Congratulations on the Moonbird, seems everyone that gets them loves them. Is this a NUD post in disguise or did I miss something. No pictures then it didn't happen, you know the drill :p

shanmoon
01-25-2019, 03:32 AM
I ordered some Anuenue strings from a UK shop (I forget which one). It took a while for them to make it to the US, but I wanted to have a couple of sets on hand just in case. I really like the Black Water strings. I love my Moon Bird concert, it is perfect for me. I like the thinner depth of the neck, the weight, and the sound is amazing! I can't decide which one is more perfect, the Moon Bird or the Ohta San. Both cause serious distraction from learning to play Baritone, lol!

Ziret
01-25-2019, 05:11 AM
So you are who got the Ohta san! It was gone in a minute--before I could get done visiting it. So so envious. And you have the Moon Bird too. Some folks have all the luck.

Joyful Uke
01-25-2019, 06:51 AM
Congratulations on the Moonbird, seems everyone that gets them loves them. Is this a NUD post in disguise or did I miss something. No pictures then it didn't happen, you know the drill :p

My PayPal account says it did happen. LOL.

I couldn't post pictures that would even come close to the quality on HMS, so for photos and sound sample, that seems like a much better source than me.

Thanks to the UU member who saw me make an attempt and fail to get the Moon Bird that was in the Marketplace, and offered me the chance to buy this one. That person is enjoying a tenor Moon Bird now, so it wasn't dislike of the Moon Bird that made this one available.

Cliff E
02-11-2019, 05:06 PM
I watched Kalei's concert on Taiwan yesterday on youtube and was sold on the Moon Bird. Mine is in the capable hands of the good people at HMS in set up as of 10 minutes ago.

Joyful Uke
02-11-2019, 06:45 PM
I watched Kalei's concert on Taiwan yesterday on youtube and was sold on the Moon Bird. Mine is in the capable hands of the good people at HMS in set up as of 10 minutes ago.

Congratulations! It's definitely a fun ukulele. I hope you enjoy it.

Ukulele Eddie
02-11-2019, 06:50 PM
Congratulations on the Moonbird, seems everyone that gets them loves them. Is this a NUD post in disguise or did I miss something. No pictures then it didn't happen, you know the drill :p

They do seem to have plenty of ardent fans. Iím one of the few for whom one didnít work. I know of only two others who also didnít take to them. But admittedly we appear to be the exceptions rather than the rule. It could be that they respond better to certain playing styles (eg, a less soft attack) than others.

I certainly hope that those who are awaiting theirs will be more than satisfied and make wonderful music for many, many, ahem, coming moons. ;-)

rainbow21
02-25-2019, 02:22 PM
Quick question. Does your Moon Bird have a radiused fretboard? Never saw a mention of this but just received mine and seems to be radiused.

Snargle
02-25-2019, 02:31 PM
I ordered a couple of sets of the Black Water strings for my aNueNue Moonbird tenor from a Chinese seller on AliExpress. The transaction was reasonably priced, smooth and fast. So far, I haven't been tempted to try a different string brand on this instrument.

RafterGirl
02-25-2019, 02:43 PM
Quick question. Does your Moon Bird have a radiused fretboard? Never saw a mention of this but just received mine and seems to be radiused.
Mine is radiused. Not as much radius as some other brands.

rainbow21
02-25-2019, 03:41 PM
Mine is radiused. Not as much radius as some other brands.

Thanks! I was surprised to realize it has a radiused fretboard. I went to their site, to Ukulele Reviews by Baz, read through the Uke Site descriptions, and read through a few threads here and no where did I see this mentioned.

Snargle
02-26-2019, 03:20 AM
Quick question. Does your Moon Bird have a radiused fretboard? Never saw a mention of this but just received mine and seems to be radiused.

Mine has a radius but it's so slight that it really doesn't affect the playability. If you were blindfolded, you'd never know it was there.

Joyful Uke
04-01-2019, 04:11 PM
I finally changed the stock strings, and put on Living Water strings. They're still settling in, of course, but sound great. I think I'll be using these on the Moon Bird from now on. It's a fun ukulele with any strings, but I'm really liking the Living Water strings on it.

RafterGirl
04-01-2019, 04:31 PM
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I finally changed the stock strings, and put on Living Water strings. They're still settling in, of course, but sound great. I think I'll be using these on the Moon Bird from now on. It's a fun ukulele with any strings, but I'm really liking the Living Water strings on it.
Thanks for the update. I’m still using the Blackwater strings. Living Waters are favorites, so it’s good to hear that you like them on your Moon Bird.

Martinlover
04-01-2019, 06:53 PM
Hmmm. I am in Taipei right now. Should I be buying some extra packs of strings at the aNueNue shop?

rainbow21
04-01-2019, 07:06 PM
Hmmm. I am in Taipei right now. Should I be buying some extra packs of strings at the aNueNue shop?

Get a set if you like them on the uke and don't want to switch. Otherwise, they are available from Southern Uke Store in England.

Snargle
04-02-2019, 01:25 PM
I'm on my second set of Blackwater strings on my Moon Bird Tenor. I still like them...they remind me a lot of Worth Browns. I'll probably try a set of the Worths next, just to see how they sound.

Joyful Uke
04-02-2019, 02:12 PM
I'm on my second set of Blackwater strings on my Moon Bird Tenor. I still like them...they remind me a lot of Worth Browns. I'll probably try a set of the Worths next, just to see how they sound.

I was thinking about trying Worth Browns at some point. I like the darker color strings on the Moon Bird, and the browns would fit that.
But, the bottom line is whatever sounds good, and I think there are going to be a lot of options for that.

Joyful Uke
04-02-2019, 02:13 PM
Duplicate post. The system might be acting up.

AustinHing
04-02-2019, 02:16 PM
Hmmm. I am in Taipei right now. Should I be buying some extra packs of strings at the aNueNue shop?

If you are interested to visit some ukulele shop in Taipei..

Yue Da Ukulele & Guitar Flagship store
No. 43巷7號, Jinhua Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Chinese address, just in case you need localsí help. They are generally better in Chinese.
樂大烏克麗麗UKULELE旗艦店
台北市中正區金華街43巷7號1樓

Just a business link address, they do not have a website.
https://www.cybo.com/TW-biz/yue-da-ukulele-guitar-flagship-store

They carry anuenue, kiwaya, kala Etc.

And I seriously wish Iím in Taipei right now!

Martinlover
04-02-2019, 05:49 PM
Thanks, this shop is on list now!


If you are interested to visit some ukulele shop in Taipei..

Yue Da Ukulele & Guitar Flagship store
No. 43巷7號, Jinhua Street, Zhongzheng District, Taipei City, Taiwan 100

Chinese address, just in case you need locals’ help. They are generally better in Chinese.
樂大烏克麗麗UKULELE旗艦店
台北市中正區金華街43巷7號1樓

Just a business link address, they do not have a website.
https://www.cybo.com/TW-biz/yue-da-ukulele-guitar-flagship-store

They carry anuenue, kiwaya, kala Etc.

And I seriously wish I’m in Taipei right now!

AustinHing
04-03-2019, 02:09 PM
Thanks, this shop is on list now!
That’s great! And seems like you have a long list of ukulele shops.

Sorry for the derail of the thread.

Joyful Uke
04-26-2019, 11:38 AM
Has anyone tried Brown Worths on a Moon Bird yet?

I'm happy with the Living Water strings on it, and don't plan on changing strings any time soon, but was thinking the other day as I played it that it would be interesting to try Brown Worths.

RafterGirl
04-26-2019, 12:46 PM
Has anyone tried Brown Worths on a Moon Bird yet?

I'm happy with the Living Water strings on it, and don't plan on changing strings any time soon, but was thinking the other day as I played it that it would be interesting to try Brown Worths.
I’m still using the Blackwater strings. I have Living Waters strings on hand to try at some point. At a recent uke jam, an experienced player in my group played my Moon Bird and thought that Worth Clears would sound good on it. I think the string diameters of LW and Worth Clear are the same. Did the LW strings brighten the tone at all? In what way did they improve the sound over the Blackwater strings?

Snargle
04-26-2019, 01:27 PM
Has anyone tried Brown Worths on a Moon Bird yet?

I'm happy with the Living Water strings on it, and don't plan on changing strings any time soon, but was thinking the other day as I played it that it would be interesting to try Brown Worths.

My Moon Bird Tenor came with aNueNue Black Water strings. After a couple of months, I swapped them for the new Martin M625 Polygut strings. I hated them on there...very harsh and overly bright. I switched back to another set of Black Waters. Once these are done, I'll probably try Worth Browns. I really think the Black Waters and Worth Browns are very similar, but I'll know for sure once I make the change.

rainbow21
04-26-2019, 01:37 PM
I have the MBird concert. I did not particularly like the feel of their black strings and the sound (compared to the Koaloha Pikake concert) was just a little muted. I recently changed to Worth CM (high G) and like the feel and the slight increase in brightness. I did not go Worth BM because I was afraid the change from the aNueNue string would not brighten it up enough.

Joyful Uke
04-26-2019, 02:40 PM
I have the MBird concert. I did not particularly like the feel of their black strings and the sound (compared to the Koaloha Pikake concert) was just a little muted. I recently changed to Worth CM and like the feel and the slight increase in brightness. I did not go Worth BM because I was afraid the change from the aNueNue string would not brighten it up enough.

The sound being a bit muted was my impression also with the Black Water strings. (Though I liked the look on the Moon Bird.)

IMO, it sounds a bit more open with the LW strings that I have on there now.

I'm not sure why I was thinking about the Worth Browns, since I don't usually use those, (I use Worth clears, LW, and Martin, in general), but I do have one ukulele that has browns on there, and it sounds great on that particular ukulele. Guess that was had me wondering.

Kenn2018
04-26-2019, 07:21 PM
I'm not terribly fond of Worth Clear Low-Gs. I think they sound kind of muted or dull compared to Living Waters. I have received two tenor ukes from HMS. I requested Low-G strings on both, and the ukes came with Worth Clears. I gave them a couple of weeks to settle and played them and they just didn't do it for me. (Kamaka HF-3 and Pono MTSH-C-MS.)

I do have Worth Brown Low-Gs on two tenors and like them a lot. (Kanile'a K1-T & Pono MGT.)

Joyful Uke
04-27-2019, 05:52 AM
I'm not terribly fond of Worth Clear Low-Gs. I think they sound kind of muted or dull compared to Living Waters. I have received two tenor ukes from HMS. I requested Low-G strings on both, and the ukes came with Worth Clears. I gave them a couple of weeks to settle and played them and they just didn't do it for me. (Kamaka HF-3 and Pono MTSH-C-MS.)

I do have Worth Brown Low-Gs on two tenors and like them a lot. (Kanile'a K1-T & Pono MGT.)

My Kinnard came with Worth clears, so I figure John and Kevin didn't chose those strings randomly. The low g string is a Freemont soloist though.
Otherwise, I use LW, or Martin. But, I think I'll have to order some Worth browns and give them a try on the Moon Bird. Worst case is that I don't like them and have to do another string change. But it will be a while before I try them, since I just put the LW strings on the Moon Bird at the start of this month.

Martinlover
04-27-2019, 01:27 PM
I am not sure I like the black water strings on my Moonbird tenor. I feel like the C string is a bit boomy. I am keeping them on for a while to see if I grow to like them more. The aNueNue clears may suit me better. Or our they the same? The feel seemed different when I tried them in the shop.