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janeray1940
03-20-2011, 05:04 PM
Following up on my recent inquiry (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?43581-Aquila-concert-strings-on-a-Kamaka-soprano) about putting concert strings on my Kamaka soprano - I went ahead and did it after my uke instructor assured me that I wouldn't likely damage the uke in doing so.

And - amazing! It sounds almost identical to my concert uke that is strung with Aquilas. It's so much louder than it was before (when strung with soprano Aquilas, Worth CLs, or Fremont Blackline Hards) and has a lot more sustain, especially higher up the neck.

Here's a quick and dirty sound sample (http://soundcloud.com/janeray-1/sakura).

hmgberg
03-20-2011, 05:14 PM
Sounds nice, Jane. Glad you found something you are happy with.

janeray1940
03-20-2011, 05:19 PM
Thanks hmgberg :) Happy with it for now, anyway!

My uke instructor also recommended Martin Crystal Nylons, which I'll keep in mind along with the Martin fluoros for future experimentation. I had a boatload of Aquila concert strings on hand so I went with those, but who knows, maybe I could do even better...

uncle phil
03-21-2011, 03:16 AM
Very relaxing piece . . . great that you are really discovering the ins and outs of your ukes!

pat rock
03-21-2011, 03:34 AM
Sounds great! I might try the same thing with my soprano - is the tension different? We also put Martins on my daughter's ukulele and they sound great and are a nice feel.

roxhum
03-21-2011, 03:40 AM
Wow, that sounds really good, very clear and distinct.

joeybug
03-21-2011, 04:05 AM
Wow, that sounds great! And the same song I did last week :D You play it better than me!

guitharsis
03-21-2011, 04:19 AM
Very nice!

janeray1940
03-21-2011, 04:32 AM
Sounds great! I might try the same thing with my soprano - is the tension different? We also put Martins on my daughter's ukulele and they sound great and are a nice feel.

The concert Aquilas have a lot more tension than the soprano Aquilas. Not quite as much as the Fremonts, but enough to keep me from unintentionally bending the A string, which has been a problem for me on this uke.

pdxuke
03-21-2011, 05:26 AM
Following up on my recent inquiry (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?43581-Aquila-concert-strings-on-a-Kamaka-soprano) about putting concert strings on my Kamaka soprano - I went ahead and did it after my uke instructor assured me that I wouldn't likely damage the uke in doing so.

And - amazing! It sounds almost identical to my concert uke that is strung with Aquilas. It's so much louder than it was before (when strung with soprano Aquilas, Worth CLs, or Fremont Blackline Hards) and has a lot more sustain, especially higher up the neck.

Here's a quick and dirty sound sample (http://soundcloud.com/janeray-1/sakura).

Strings sound good Jane! If you have a mo, I'd love to here some strumming with those strings!

Do you also have them on the concerts?

janeray1940
03-21-2011, 05:30 AM
Strings sound good Jane! If you have a mo, I'd love to here some strumming with those strings!

Do you also have them on the concerts?

I have them on the reentrant concert (played here (http://soundcloud.com/janeray-1/greensleeves), another campanella piece). My low G concert has Fremont Blacklines, which I also really like.

I might mess around tonight with a soprano uke/concert uke comparison sound sample...

pdxuke
03-21-2011, 06:14 AM
I have them on the reentrant concert (played here (http://soundcloud.com/janeray-1/greensleeves), another campanella piece). My low G concert has Fremont Blacklines, which I also really like.

I might mess around tonight with a soprano uke/concert uke comparison sound sample...

I love that cover of Greensleeves!

The Aquila Concerts sound good! When I change the kamaka strings from my concert out, I may swap the Aquilas off the Ohana CK25 and put Martins on the Ohana.

janeray1940
03-21-2011, 06:34 AM
I love that cover of Greensleeves!

The Aquila Concerts sound good! When I change the kamaka strings from my concert out, I may swap the Aquilas off the Ohana CK25 and put Martins on the Ohana.

Thanks Thom :) The Aquilas will be a lot louder than the Kamaka strings, and will have a lot more sustain (at least in my experience with Kamaka strings, but the ones I've encountered may have just been old to begin with).

All this talk of Martins - I think I need to order some :)

janeray1940
03-21-2011, 06:35 AM
Wow, that sounds great! And the same song I did last week :D You play it better than me!

Aw shucks Joeybug! Not better, I've just been playing longer is all :)

Did you post a link to your version?

pdxuke
03-21-2011, 06:45 AM
Thanks Thom :) The Aquilas will be a lot louder than the Kamaka strings, and will have a lot more sustain (at least in my experience with Kamaka strings, but the ones I've encountered may have just been old to begin with).

All this talk of Martins - I think I need to order some :)

I'm really tempted to try them on the Pineapple!

Ambient Doughnut
03-21-2011, 06:56 AM
I'm quite surprised that concert strings are heavier - I'd have imagined it to be the other way round - what with the longer scale length an'all. Shows how much I know! :)

SweetWaterBlue
03-21-2011, 07:00 AM
It does sound great. I agree with Thom - more strumming is always the real test of a soprano, since that is what most people do with them.

janeray1940
03-21-2011, 07:04 AM
I'm quite surprised that concert strings are heavier - I'd have imagined it to be the other way round - what with the longer scale length an'all. Shows how much I know! :)

If you scroll all the way down this page (http://www.aquilacorde.com/en/ukulele.html), there's a chart that shows the string thicknesses and tensions. If I'm understanding correctly, concerts are slightly heavier/thicker.

One thing worth pointing out is that the concert C string just *barely* fit into the slot in the bridge on my soprano.

janeray1940
03-21-2011, 07:11 AM
I'm really tempted to try them on the Pineapple!

What do you have on it now?


It does sound great. I agree with Thom - more strumming is always the real test of a soprano, since that is what most people do with them.

Good point. I'm not sure I even did any strumming when I restrung it last night, so I probably should :)

perep
03-21-2011, 07:13 AM
Great sound , I will try them also. Thanks
PEREP

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-21-2011, 07:13 AM
Lately I've become a big fan of Martin fluorocarbons on my sopranos. Consider them for your next string change.

janeray1940
03-21-2011, 07:27 AM
Its a common ommission. When I did my SK-38 vs SK-35, I didn't do much strumming either. Of course I also commeted the cardinal sin of singing too.

I leave the singing to people who do it well! I do okay in a group and I can harmonize passably well, but in terms of singing solo - let's just say that I have even less of a vocal range than Ringo Starr :)

joeybug
03-21-2011, 07:39 AM
Aw shucks Joeybug! Not better, I've just been playing longer is all :)

Did you post a link to your version?

Nope...I do so many videos for my blog that I don't want to flood UU! It's on my blog, which is linked in my sig, but also I sang which probably makes it sound worse!

janeray1940
03-21-2011, 07:53 AM
Nope...I do so many videos for my blog that I don't want to flood UU! It's on my blog, which is linked in my sig, but also I sang which probably makes it sound worse!

I've never heard an English translation to that song before! That surprised me. You are doing a great job!

And, I'm especially impressed that you're working your way through the Fretboard Roadmaps book on your own. The author is one of my instructors, and even after many weeks of classes it still makes my head explode a little bit :)

joeybug
03-21-2011, 10:37 AM
I've never heard an English translation to that song before! That surprised me. You are doing a great job!

And, I'm especially impressed that you're working your way through the Fretboard Roadmaps book on your own. The author is one of my instructors, and even after many weeks of classes it still makes my head explode a little bit :)

There's a group on UU to help each other through it, but yeah, working through it has been hard at times, which half is your instructor?

janeray1940
03-21-2011, 10:52 AM
There's a group on UU to help each other through it, but yeah, working through it has been hard at times, which half is your instructor?

Fred Sokolow is one of my instructors. That's so cool that there's a UU group for it, making one's way through that book (especially without a strong guitar or music theory background!) works well as a group effort.

pdxuke
03-21-2011, 10:55 AM
What do you have on it now?



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I have Fremont Blacks--Hard; I like them, but I can't buy them locally.

janeray1940
03-21-2011, 11:18 AM
I have Fremont Blacks--Hard; I like them, but I can't buy them locally.

MGM has them on eBay (http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-BLACKLINE-FLOUROCARBON-UKULELE-STRING-MED-SOP-CON-/370494667120?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item564333f970), in case you want to stock up...

joeybug
03-21-2011, 01:09 PM
Fred Sokolow is one of my instructors. That's so cool that there's a UU group for it, making one's way through that book (especially without a strong guitar or music theory background!) works well as a group effort.

Cool! Yeah, three of us newbies got together and decide to help each other work through it, thankfully other more experienced members joined and help us out from time to time!