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NatalieS
11-28-2010, 03:53 PM
Hi all,

I've been so busy with various things that I've sadly put uke on the back burner for the past few weeks. I want to get back into playing my tenor uke more. It's currently strung with Worth CT strings that I tuned down to Bb. I love the lower tuning, but if I go any lower than that the strings become too floppy. If I were to get the higher tension Worth strings (CH), would the tighter tension allow me to tune the uke even lower if I want? I'm not a fan of hard tension in strings, I'm just looking to get that nice Worth sound and tune down to something like G if possible.

(I don't want to get the Aquila tenor DGBE strings because I'm not a fan of wound strings anymore). Thanks for your help!

southcoastukes
11-28-2010, 06:05 PM
Hello Natalie,

Worth CH is very close in diameter to our Heavy Gauge Ukulele sets. You can see the recommended tensions here:

http://www.southcoastukes.com/stringuide_files/hvuke.htm

For your scale, we recommend key of A (1/2 step lower than B flat). See the "Tunings" page:

http://www.southcoastukes.com/stringuide_files/tunings.htm

Worths should also work for this. B flat and A are both excellent choices for a Tenor. Although ours has a long scale, we have a sound sample here (page bottom):

http://www.southcoastukes.com/index_files/tenoruke.htm

mm stan
11-28-2010, 06:12 PM
Aloha Natalie,
I am a fan of drop tuning as it let the strings resonates more...Try this tuning....
F#-30, B-20/-30, D#-40, G#-30/-40 Let me know how it works out for you..got alot of
other tunings as well....Have Fun and Enjoy!! "Happy Strummings" Glad to hear you're back!!
MM Stan..

NatalieS
11-29-2010, 02:56 AM
Thank you both for your responses! southcoastukes, I really enjoyed listening to the sound samples you linked. At this point my uke is at "re-entrant Bb" like your first sample. I think I want to go down further to A, like your other sound sample. I will look into your strings now.

mmstan, thanks for the tuning suggestion. It's good to be back :D Life has been a little crazy lately but I'm looking forward to the holidays and a chance to get a breather and reaquaint myself with my ukes.