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Brewerpaul
09-14-2009, 03:24 PM
I'm thinking of putting some low G Worth Browns on my Lanikai Spruce top tenor (unless y'all think something would be better).
Where's the best place online to buy them? I didn't see them on MGM.

UkuleleHill
09-14-2009, 03:29 PM
I believe elderly (http://www.elderly.com/departments/ukulele) has them.

haole
09-14-2009, 03:31 PM
MGM doesn't always have his whole inventory on eBay, but if you e-mail him and ask, he'll usually be able to hook you up.

Otherwise, Elderly Instruments (http://elderly.com/accessories/cat_or_pgc_page?page=4&query_start=61&step=20&cat_or_pgc=STUK&special_links=&sort_on=cat_or_pgc,artist,title&reverse_str=) sells Worth strings too.

UkuleleHill
09-14-2009, 03:45 PM
MGM doesn't always have his whole inventory on eBay, but if you e-mail him and ask, he'll usually be able to hook you up.

Otherwise, Elderly Instruments (http://elderly.com/accessories/cat_or_pgc_page?page=4&query_start=61&step=20&cat_or_pgc=STUK&special_links=&sort_on=cat_or_pgc,artist,title&reverse_str=) sells Worth strings too.

Much better answer than mine... You would be surprised what MGM has...

sealcove
09-14-2009, 03:50 PM
I am usually ordering guitar, mandolin, and now ukulele strings so I go to vendor like Elderly most of the time. They usually have very competitive prices, they ship quickly, and they are a good business to deal with in general.

Kmetzger
09-14-2009, 03:56 PM
Yes - I agree. Elderly is great. I always order my strings from them. And they seem to carry the full line of Worths. All sizes, gauges, tensions, clear, brown, etc.

Gcow55
09-14-2009, 04:19 PM
Elderly is a superb company. I highly recommend them, especially to anyone living in the Midwest. Aside from that, you may want to try juststrings.com.
They are a bit pricey, but have a great selection.

experimentjon
09-14-2009, 04:58 PM
I really like Elderly's prices that I see in their catalog, but haven't checked how much their shipping is to Hawaii. So I just always order from MGM and wait patiently until he puts strings up. He has simple shipping charges, and great customer service.

uke552
09-14-2009, 05:59 PM
what everyone above said...

Kekani
09-14-2009, 10:42 PM
I build my sets with singles from stringsbymail.com, just because MGM is dragging his feet on his D'Addario Dealership, and still awaiting Savarez to come out with something more Retail Friendly.

-Aaron

Pippin
09-15-2009, 11:09 AM
I buy from Elderly since they are in Michigan and I am in Ohio.

Lanark
09-15-2009, 11:40 AM
Yeah, Elderly. Me too.

KC8AFW
09-15-2009, 12:57 PM
I have a coworker that gigs in Lansing every now and then. I had him pick me up a set of Worth CMs from Elderly when he was there last.

Brewerpaul
09-15-2009, 03:48 PM
MGM doesn't always have his whole inventory on eBay, but if you e-mail him and ask, he'll usually be able to hook you up.


I did just that. Wrote to him 6:30 am Eastern. He replied at 2:00 that he'd just put some sets of those strings on his online store. I ordered them at around 7:00 PM and EIGHT MINUTES later I got an email that they had been shipped. I've been doing internet business since around 1990, and this is by far the fastest service I've ever seen. He's got my business in the future!

Shipping for the set of strings was only a buck which is more than reasonable since they basically have to be stuck in an envelope and put in the mailbox. That doesn't stop others from charging a lot more though.

itsme
09-15-2009, 04:45 PM
I did just that. Wrote to him 6:30 am Eastern. He replied at 2:00 that he'd just put some sets of those strings on his online store. I ordered them at around 7:00 PM and EIGHT MINUTES later I got an email that they had been shipped. I've been doing internet business since around 1990, and this is by far the fastest service I've ever seen. He's got my business in the future!

Shipping for the set of strings was only a buck which is more than reasonable since they basically have to be stuck in an envelope and put in the mailbox. That doesn't stop others from charging a lot more though.
Yeah, I guess there's a reason why people rave about MGM here. :)

IIRC, elderly charges something like $4-5 shipping on an order of $10-20. That's a lot for a set of strings.

$1 for shipping and handling is more than reasonable, IMO.

clayton56
09-15-2009, 11:13 PM
I agree, no reason for strings to cost $6 to ship. There are a lot of companies wasting your money that way. It never occurs to them to ship strings in a first-class envelope instead of a big box.

Lanark
09-16-2009, 06:15 AM
I agree, no reason for strings to cost $6 to ship. There are a lot of companies wasting your money that way. It never occurs to them to ship strings in a first-class envelope instead of a big box.

that's also why I tend to buy a year's worth of strings at a time and order once a year or so.

Ahnko Honu
09-16-2009, 07:40 AM
I buy 99% of my strings from either
DrCluck: http://stores.shop.ebay.com/DrClucks-Music-Emporium__W0QQ_armrsZ1 or
MGM: http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Musicguymics-Room__W0QQ_armrsZ1
Everyone else seems to try and make extra profit by overcharging on shipping. :mad:

Tsani
09-16-2009, 08:26 AM
I just bought a set of Worth Clears from Elderly. When you combine price and shipping the difference between MGM's price and Elderly's price is little or nothing. I would probably buy from MGM in the future just because of his relationship with UU and his accessibility.

I found it interesting that Elderly says that there is a difference in sound between the Worth Clears and the Worth Browns. Ken Middleton says he can't hear it, and I know if Ken can't hear it I can't either. I think clears will look better on my uke, but if the sound is a little brighter that won't bother me either. I am going to try the Worth's on my Aloha, and if I like them I might put them on my Marca Aquila.

wheelgunner
09-16-2009, 08:47 AM
I've been buying my strings from Ukulele World. Don't know how their prices compare but they shipped quickly.

CTurner
09-16-2009, 10:54 AM
I was once in conversation with Elderly about their shipping/postage prices when ordering just strings:

They said they can't ship picks, strings or small goods merchandise in standard mailing envelopes due to the way envelopes are pressed through machines and sorted by the Postal Service. The vast majority of packages like this are destroyed by this process, when the envelopes are torn by edges, points on the picks or the loop or ball end of the strings.

It's true that MGM sends strings in standard envelopes, and I've not had a problem there, but I understand completely Elderly's stance on this.

MGM
09-16-2009, 12:37 PM
you can send in envelopes as There a is a non manchineable postal surcharge of 18 cents so they dont run it thru the machine so elderly is wrong on that point

Choboy
09-16-2009, 01:23 PM
elderly has great competitive prices.
best of all they have online discount coupon codes once in awhile. like 15% off your total of $50 dollar or more.
im not subscribed to elderly... but someone on UU usually is and they tell everyone!

it's a very sweet deal!