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garyg
09-24-2011, 03:41 AM
Being new to ukes and all I am curious how folks let strings "settle". Do you retune frequently over the first day or do you tune and let the uke set for a day and subsequently retune? Which way settles the strings the quickest? Can you damage strings by retuning frequently over an hour or half a day? I have a set of Orca strings that took days to settle but my Fremont Black Lines settle pretty quickly. Of course I understand that environmental factors will influence settling but let's just assume that we have a good environment (stable and moderate humidity). TIA, g2

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-24-2011, 03:49 AM
Lots of playing, lots of retuning. Lots and lots.

garyg
09-24-2011, 03:54 AM
Pithiest answer that I've every had to a UU post, you go Ralf!

Manalishi
09-24-2011, 04:00 AM
Ralf hit it! I always tell newbies to restring,stretch the strings
sideways as far as possible;retune,stretch again,retune etc.
After about five goes at that,play for half an hour,tuning as
required.They should more or less stay in tune then,and over
the next coupla days will stay there!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-24-2011, 04:05 AM
Pithiest answer that I've every had to a UU post, you go Ralf!That's all I know about this. Heh. Have fun!

Lori
09-24-2011, 06:00 AM
Some say stretch out the strings by pulling, but others say that might cause problems with the strings. I just retune like crazy for 2- 3 days. The more playing and retuning you do, the faster they will settle.

–Lori

uke4life
09-24-2011, 06:38 AM
Some say stretch out the strings by pulling, but others say that might cause problems with the strings. I just retune like crazy for 2- 3 days. The more playing and retuning you do, the faster they will settle.

–Lori

x2...I just play a ton and re-string a ton...After a couple days it's all good!!!

DaveVisi
09-24-2011, 06:52 AM
I tune a half to a full step high and let it settle in overnight before bringing it down to pitch. After that, most of the serious stretching is over.

garyg
09-25-2011, 03:35 AM
great idea Dave

gyosh
09-25-2011, 04:37 AM
I tune up, and then pinch each string between my thumb and index finger and then stretch the string by twisting either clockwise or counter-clockwise. You don't want to stress the bridge by pulling the strings in a manner it's not designed to withstand. Tune up again. Stretch again. Then I leave my uke out where I know I'll pass it often and tune every time I walk by. The same technique was suggested by Gordon Mayer of Mya- Moe during a workshop at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival. It only takes a full day to get a good stretch on them.

mds725
09-25-2011, 07:02 AM
I tune up, and then pinch each string between my thumb and index finger and then stretch the string by twisting either clockwise or counter-clockwise. You don't want to stress the bridge by pulling the strings in a manner it's not designed to withstand. Tune up again. Stretch again. Then I leave my uke out where I know I'll pass it often and tune every time I walk by. The same technique was suggested by Gordon Mayer of Mya- Moe during a workshop at the Wine Country Ukulele Festival. It only takes a full day to get a good stretch on them.

Here's a video from Gordon Mayer in which he describes and demonstrates, at 3:22, the stretching technique Gary mentioned.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_CknREHR-w

PoiDog
09-25-2011, 08:54 AM
Pithiest answer that I've every had to a UU post, you go Ralf!

Pithy, yes. But also true. The two don't have to be mutually exclusive.

garyg
09-25-2011, 12:49 PM
@Poi, that was my point....