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RawrGazzawrs
09-02-2011, 04:26 PM
so yea.. how do D'addarios sound like compared to worths or aquilas? i know that there are different kinds like J53 and Pro Arte so if you've tried any of them please tell me which kind you used :)

chindog
09-02-2011, 04:33 PM
so yea.. how do D'addarios sound like compared to worths or aquilas? i know that there are different kinds like J53 and Pro Arte so if you've tried any of them please tell me which kind you used :)

I didn't know D'Addario made uke strings. I use them exclusively on my guitars.

Kanaka916
09-02-2011, 04:39 PM
I didn't know D'Addario made uke strings. I use them exclusively on my guitars.

Check out the FYI - Uke Strings thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?39969-FYI-Uke-Strings) . . .

Michael_
09-02-2011, 08:56 PM
The Kamaka strings are made by d'addario. They're fat black nylon and work well with my playing. I use them on a hf-1. Heavy strings for a heavy soprano. I wouldn't use them on a light ukulele like the koalohas.

roxhum
09-03-2011, 02:56 AM
I don't think the Kamaka strings made by D'Addario are the same as ones you can buy in the stores. Sorry, I don't know anything about them but would be interested in hearing what others have to say.

bmoreuke
09-03-2011, 03:36 AM
I use Pro Artes on my Oscar Schmidt tenor strung low G, I just buy a regular set, or get two high Es if you want re entrant tuning. I like the higher tension, and heavier feel on the larger uke, they seem to have a deeper tone, i prefer them for finger picking.

Jon Moody
09-03-2011, 03:48 AM
I just put a set of Pro-Arte on my Boulder Creek. They are deeper sounding than the Aquilas that were on it originally. I like the wound C; it gives it a little more "oomph!" that straight nylon doesn't have.

helric
09-03-2011, 05:36 AM
I tested J53 on both Ohana Vita CKP70 and Ohana SK25-Z sopranos. They are hard tension strings IMHO and took time to stabilize and get good sounding. They produced a sweet and warm tone. But I disliked the feeling of their touch under the fingers and the light "shhht, shhhht" they produced when I played. Nevertheless, some people may love them and their price is low.

Kanaka916
09-03-2011, 07:19 AM
I just put a set of Pro-Arte on my Boulder Creek. They are deeper sounding than the Aquilas that were on it originally. I like the wound C; it gives it a little more "oomph!" that straight nylon doesn't have.
I'm sorry, I believe you're referring to the J54 set which are black nylons with a wound C. The Pro Arte string sets (J71[Tenor] and J92[Concert]) are all nylon strings. These were packaged from the J46 and J45 Classical Guitar sets. The J65 set for soprano is also nylon and the J53 are black nylons. See also FYI - Uke Strings (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?39969-FYI-Uke-Strings).

uke4ia
09-03-2011, 10:15 AM
At the luthier's recommendation, I use this classical guitar string as the wound low G on my Kawika tenor:

D'Addario Pro-Arte D Light Silverplated Copper Wound .028, J4304

I've had great success since I switched to the D'Addario string. I use Savarez Alliance classical guitar strings for the other three strings. I buy them as single strings on JustStrings.com.

Jon Moody
09-03-2011, 10:27 AM
I'm sorry, I believe you're referring to the J54 set which are black nylons with a wound C.

Thanks for the correction; didn't have the sleeves they came in handy at the time of the post. Either way, I do like the wound C.

kenikas
09-03-2011, 11:34 AM
I just put a set of Pro Artes on one of my concerts, and quite like them. Definitely more mellow then the Aquilas that were on it and the smooth feel and thickness make fingerpicking a little cleaner for me. I had a set of D'Addarios (don't remember the type, but an opaque white with a couple wound) on a baritone and wasn't impressed. I just got my pineapple back from Kamaka with a set of their black strings which I understand are made by D'Addario, but haven't much time to play it yet but they sound quite nice on it

Kanaka916
09-03-2011, 11:59 AM
Thanks for the correction; didn't have the sleeves they came in handy at the time of the post. Either way, I do like the wound C.
You're one of the few who likes wounds . . . cool!

Jon Moody
09-03-2011, 02:23 PM
You're one of the few who likes wounds . . . cool!

I attribute that to my years of bass playing, so that wound string still gives me that little bit of familiarity. That said, while I like the wound C on the Boulder Creek, I'm not sure how well it will work with the Kala.

It's so much nicer with string sets around $4-5 instead of dropping $50 for my bass.

Kanaka916
09-03-2011, 03:06 PM
OBM, the following thread may be of interest to you . . . if not, it's a good read for info.

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?48693-String-Testers-Wanted-for-Southcoast

Jon Moody
09-03-2011, 03:17 PM
Thanks for the link. It looks like he said they have enough testers, but I emailed him anyway; maybe there's room for one more?

Michael_
09-03-2011, 07:35 PM
I don't think the Kamaka strings made by D'Addario are the same as ones you can buy in the stores. Sorry, I don't know anything about them but would be interested in hearing what others have to say.

They're not the same as the normal d'addario soprano set. They're even fatter :)

bazmaz
09-03-2011, 09:42 PM
I tried them on my Kanile'a tenor.

See http://www.gotaukulele.com/2011/08/d-pro-arte-j71-tenor-string-test-on.html

No doubting the quality BUT since took them off and went back to worths. Too much effort to play, and the uke lost it's uke qualities. Sounded to much like a guitar to me

foxfair
09-03-2011, 11:35 PM
They're not the same as the normal d'addario soprano set. They're even fatter :)

I dunno... the Kamaka strings on HF-3 look like normal, and feel so. But I haven't swapped to any other string, just a regular user's feeling

ukulefty
09-04-2011, 07:03 AM
Once my Aquila's wear out, I've got a set of the J53's waiting to go on and test out.