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Tudorp
03-31-2011, 05:59 AM
I'm usually an Aquila man, but I just put some Fremont Carbons on Ku'upoki'i last night to try them. The Aquilas work fine for the SK-21, but do tend to be kind of slack. So, upon recomendation, I tried these carbons, and I do like them better on Ku'upoki'i. They have much better tension on her size. I'll add another video in a couple minutes.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqF4Drt7MjM&feature=player_embedded


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m33XNwXv6Mw

Skitzic
03-31-2011, 06:25 AM
I didn't like Aquilas on mine either. You could really hear the scratching (supposed to be better with the new ones?). I love Fremonts, but didn't have any on hand. I have Ko'olau Mahanas on there right now and I like those.

I really needed a light touch with the Aquilas or it would go sharp. Do you tune it to C or D?

Tudorp
03-31-2011, 06:30 AM
It's standard C.. It was recomended to go D, but I didn't feel upto learning to play all new chords.. So, I stayed with what I know.. Ya can't teach an old dawg new tricks, lol

PhilUSAFRet
03-31-2011, 06:40 AM
Sounds great! Thanks for the review.

Skitzic
03-31-2011, 06:46 AM
It's standard C.. It was recomended to go D, but I didn't feel upto learning to play all new chords.. So, I stayed with what I know.. Ya can't teach an old dawg new tricks, lol

That's why I only play D when I'm by myself! :D It just sounds so happy and chipper in D. Makes me feel optimistic!

Kauai808
03-31-2011, 07:19 AM
I agree that the thinner profile of the fremonts works better on the crowded soprano fretboard. I only had tenor fremonts but i put them on my soprano and they sound nice.
Nice playing. Good sound sample

Uke Republic
03-31-2011, 09:10 AM
The Freemonts are great strings with 3 types Clear, med and hard tension Blacklines. It's interesting to hear how an instrument sounds different with strings.

kenikas
03-31-2011, 12:17 PM
I tried a set of the Blacklines on my solid mahogany Melokia concert a year or so ago and quite liked them. I can't quite remember why I took them off, but it has Worth clears on it now. I think I swapped them out when I was trying as many different strings out as I could get my hands on. I'll have to see if I can find them and try them out again, I've found I really like the flourocarbon strings on my sprucetops.

Tudorp
04-01-2011, 04:00 AM
These are Fremont carbons, but while I have a couple videos today, I thought I would add "Sunny Afternoon" on the SK-35 with Aquila Nylguts on "Iz". I can't leave Iz out.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4Z_fpyeQ8c

Sake1one
04-01-2011, 06:07 AM
After doing the string trials with most of the other brands, the Blacklines are a clear favorite for me. The high gauge ( not sure if that the correct term ) of the strings really plays nicely for me.

uke552
04-01-2011, 07:15 AM
I used Freemont on my Sopranino (when I still had it) and it sounded really fine. I had it tuned in D. I may have to give them another go round on my soprano. Nice playing by-the-way my friend!