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ukulelearp
10-07-2009, 01:01 PM
Hi, I ordered two sets of Kala Red strings. One set was for a laminated Koa Tenor, and the other for a Mahogany-topped Ohana concert. I'll list out the other strings I've tried on these ukuleles: Martin, GHS, Aquila, Worth Browns, Fremont Blacks, and D'adarrio. I have to say, the Kalas are easily my favorite out of all the other strings I've tried.

I'm not sure how to describe it, but they seem a lot less 'harsh' than the Aquilas. The tension is great on them: they're the first strings I've tried that I can bend easily and still get good volume out of. They both have nylon-wound C and E strings. The texture is definitely a bit odd at first, but they sound great. I'd heard others complain about the guitar-like 'scratching' noise, but when you're playing you can barely even hear it above the music.

My only complaint is that for some reason the C string is a bit short. For some reason it's just not quite as long as the others, but it still fit and strung up fine.

Sorry for the long post, but before buying them I searched and didn't find too much helpful info. I was hoping this could help. Thanks!

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-07-2009, 04:15 PM
Thanks for sharing your experieces and insights. It's all helpful.

I've been meaning to give them a try.

Mahalo,

haolejohn
10-07-2009, 04:34 PM
Until I tried the KoAloha stock strings (similiar to worth clears) the Kala reds were my favorite strings. They are hard to find but I got two sets of them now.

Amnicon
10-07-2009, 04:35 PM
I like these too. Mine haven't lasted as long as Aquilas, though.

The tone on the nylon-wound E string is amazing---I wish they had a set full of these!

therimidalv
10-07-2009, 05:21 PM
I completely agree! The feel of them is great. The attack isn't too harsh, has a full, warm tone, and the physical feel of them is great too! I like them lots.:D

Ahnko Honu
10-08-2009, 05:46 AM
...and they just look cool too. ;)
I got a set on my Fluke and they look and sound awesome.

generem
10-08-2009, 05:52 AM
Damn you all. See! now I have to try em for myself...

THANKS ALOT GUYS!!!!

dirk.li
10-08-2009, 12:11 PM
Hi, I ordered two sets of Kala Red strings. One set was for a laminated Koa Tenor, and the other for a Mahogany-topped Ohana concert. I'll list out the other strings I've tried on these ukuleles: Martin, GHS, Aquila, Worth Browns, Fremont Blacks, and D'adarrio. I have to say, the Kalas are easily my favorite out of all the other strings I've tried.

I'm not sure how to describe it, but they seem a lot less 'harsh' than the Aquilas. The tension is great on them: they're the first strings I've tried that I can bend easily and still get good volume out of. They both have nylon-wound C and E strings. The texture is definitely a bit odd at first, but they sound great. I'd heard others complain about the guitar-like 'scratching' noise, but when you're playing you can barely even hear it above the music.

My only complaint is that for some reason the C string is a bit short. For some reason it's just not quite as long as the others, but it still fit and strung up fine.

Sorry for the long post, but before buying them I searched and didn't find too much helpful info. I was hoping this could help. Thanks!

Oh, and what do they look like on the instrument? I'd love to see a photo... please...

ukulelearp
10-08-2009, 12:14 PM
I'll post a pic soon, when I can!

ukulelearp
10-08-2009, 12:17 PM
Here we are:

dirk.li
10-08-2009, 11:19 PM
Here we are:

Awesome!! Thanks a lot! Now I want these, too!!! :D

Steiner
10-11-2009, 03:22 PM
This thread inspired me. I just ordered a set for my cigar box uke.

RevWill
10-11-2009, 04:09 PM
Yes, curse you! I am enjoying these Fremont Blacklines and was considering buying Worth Browns for the next set on this Mainland, but now I'm itching to try the Reds as a direct (pronounced dye-wrecked) result of this thread.

deach
10-11-2009, 04:25 PM
I really liked them for about two weeks. Soon after they started wearing rapidly. After a month, they sounded dead.

stucross
11-02-2009, 08:27 AM
I have restrung both my kala archtop tenor and hudson concert with these and i do agree that they are by far the best i have had on both.They are also very easy on the fingers if you suffer as I do after playing for awhile.The wound strings do feel a little odd for awhile but are great when you settle them down,they are very hard to get a hold of tho,could use an outlet in the UK please anyone

mailman
11-02-2009, 12:11 PM
What make is the uke in he pictures? I see the hula girl on the label, but I can't read the brand. Very pretty!

ukulelearp
03-28-2010, 10:58 AM
What make is the uke in he pictures? I see the hula girl on the label, but I can't read the brand. Very pretty!

Really late reply: It's a Fender Nohea Tenor.

megavox
03-28-2010, 03:14 PM
I like the idea and your opinion of the Reds.

Do you think they would be too hard on a Flea with a plastic fretboard?

Those ukes look real fine.

ukulelearp
03-28-2010, 05:01 PM
I like the idea and your opinion of the Reds.

Do you think they would be too hard on a Flea with a plastic fretboard?

Those ukes look real fine.

I'd read somewhere that they're fine on Fleas/Flukes because they're wound nylon, not metal.

mangorockfish
03-29-2010, 04:25 AM
I have to restring my Mainland tenor and have a set in my case that I had planned on using. Now, I can't wait to get those babies on it. Just finding the time to do it. I know it will take me a while as this will be the first time I've tried to restring my uke. Thanks for the info.

wxtornado
03-29-2010, 06:48 AM
Why did I click on this thread...........?

Ah, you can't have too many strings.....or something....

Ahnko Honu
03-29-2010, 07:01 AM
I like the idea and your opinion of the Reds.

Do you think they would be too hard on a Flea with a plastic fretboard?

Those ukes look real fine.

I've had a set on my FLUKE for almost a year, no problem, and sounds great.

wxtornado
03-29-2010, 09:46 AM
I don't want to hijack this thread, but I have a quick question and didn't want to start another one: is it okay to put tenor strings on a concert uke? Let's say I have a concert uke that I want to restring, but only have a pack of tenors. Is the string gauge of the tenors much thicker (if at all)? I don't want to rip the bridge off by putting too heavy a string on it. Thanks ahead.

ukulelearp
03-29-2010, 11:45 AM
I don't want to hijack this thread, but I have a quick question and didn't want to start another one: is it okay to put tenor strings on a concert uke? Let's say I have a concert uke that I want to restring, but only have a pack of tenors. Is the string gauge of the tenors much thicker (if at all)? I don't want to rip the bridge off by putting too heavy a string on it. Thanks ahead.

Should be fine, I've done it before. At worse the strings are a little more slack. But the tension's close enough that it's been fine for me.

dnewton2
03-30-2010, 06:50 AM
Ukulele World (http://www.ukuleleworld.com/?cat=1318) has some Concert and Tenor Kala Reds on sale for $5 a pack. Shipping is pretty high though ($7 and change for one pack, $12 and change for 10 packs). If you really like them it would probably be worth it if you buy several packs.

After looking at MGM prices ($6.99 + $0.83 shipping) I guess it is only worth it if you buy a bunch. But if you love them it makes sense.

Kite
03-30-2010, 02:43 PM
The wound C and E strings did a really excellent job on boosting the volume on my first uke a blue mahalo. But I feel like my A string is dead compared to the other 3.

ukulelearp
03-30-2010, 04:24 PM
The wound C and E strings did a really excellent job on boosting the volume on my first uke a blue mahalo. But I feel like my A string is dead compared to the other 3.

How long have you had them on? I really like them on my Fender but found they wear out a bit quicker than many other strings.