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kaizersoza
03-19-2012, 03:39 AM
just out of curiosity, and i know it killed the cat, but can anyone tell me what the stock strings are on a Makala Dolphin please?

Manalishi
03-19-2012, 04:58 AM
No certain knowledge but came with what looked and felt
like black GHS. Sounded much nicer with Aquilas,and is
currently strung with Worth Browns!

kenikas
03-19-2012, 05:10 AM
I agree with luthien, I'm sure they come with GHS. We've got six of them over the last few years and I seem to remember at least one having a tag that said GHS. the first couple we got from MGM so they came with Aquila, but the rest have had the black stock strings. IMO the Aquilas are a necessary upgrade, and make them a fairly nice playing uke and by far the best bang for the buck!

pootsie
03-19-2012, 05:13 AM
Kala now ships them with Aquila strings standard, and have for about a year now. I called to make sure when I just bought my dolphin less than a month ago.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
03-19-2012, 05:44 AM
The stock strings on my wife's Dolphin sound great---sweet and mellow. GHS, huh? Nice.

kaizersoza
03-19-2012, 06:51 AM
ok thanx guys, this is my second Dolphin i used to have a blue one, i changed the strings over to Aquilas when i bought it, i'm gonna stick with the GHS strings for a while to see how they sound when stretched, @Luthien, Worth browns, that is interesting, i may delve into them when these strings wear out just for a change, good news to hear that the newer Dolphins will be coming with Aquilas as standard, now that will be a real bargain

Manalishi
03-19-2012, 08:12 AM
Yes,I had just used a set of Worth Browns on another
of my instruments and as they come in 'double length'
packs,and the Dolphin needed re-stringing anyway, I
gave it a shot.Works for me!

Sporin
03-19-2012, 09:42 AM
Bought my Dolphin through Amazon and it came with very cheap-feeling black strings. The sound was distinctly "toy" like.

I switched it to a set of Martin Fluorocarbons I had sitting around and it really sounds great. I plan to try Aquila's at some point on it as well.

strumsilly
03-19-2012, 09:55 AM
I have southcoast lights on mine, big improvement over the stock strings.

pootsie
03-19-2012, 09:56 AM
Bought my Dolphin through Amazon and it came with very cheap-feeling black strings. The sound was distinctly "toy" like.


When did you get it?

bazmaz
03-19-2012, 11:37 AM
I 'believe' there are still plenty of stocks about with GHS strings as they clear them before Aquilas come through into stores. Buyer beware.

I think it's great though that Kala obviously did their homework and saw countless folk recommending Aquilas as automatic upgrade

kaizersoza
03-19-2012, 01:57 PM
I 'believe' there are still plenty of stocks about with GHS strings as they clear them before Aquilas come through into stores. Buyer beware.

I think it's great though that Kala obviously did their homework and saw countless folk recommending Aquilas as automatic upgrade

mine still has the GHS strings Baz, though for 20 new on e bay, you still can't go wrong, i been playing it tonight and i think i will change the strings on the weekend if not before, and i agree fair play to Kala for upgrading to Aquilas with the new stock, the Dolphin will blow the cheaper end ukes into the wind now

Sporin
03-19-2012, 02:47 PM
When did you get it?

January 2, 2012 via Amazon from West Music.

pootsie
03-19-2012, 03:51 PM
January 2, 2012 via Amazon from West Music.

I suppose that is the old stock clearing out then? I think the buyer I went through moves a lot of stuff and they swore the strings were aquila and so did kala. I wouldn't know, being as I've only been playing for a fortnight now.

bazmaz
03-19-2012, 09:02 PM
Anyone ordering a new one without seeing it and wanting to check, ask the dealer what is on your actual uke. If the strings are black, brown or clear they are NOT Aquilas. If the dealer says they are opaque white, they are.

pootsie
03-20-2012, 03:15 AM
Anyone ordering a new one without seeing it and wanting to check, ask the dealer what is on your actual uke. If the strings are black, brown or clear they are NOT Aquilas. If the dealer says they are opaque white, they are.

Darnit! I KNEW it! I must have gotten old stock, too. My strings are black. Must be GHS, right?

Well gosh darn if I ain't ordering some Aquilas ASAP. I didn't want to invest much $$ in a thing I've never played but I have decided I'm dedicated so I'm ready to dump my dough into my new passtime.

Of the many vendors out there, who is a good one to support with my business?

webby
03-20-2012, 08:10 AM
I have 2 dolphins, One has aquila concerts on it (the old aquilas not the new ones), and the other has aquila sopranos.

At first i really liked the feel of the sopranos but now I prefer the chunkyness of the concerts, makes it feel solid and it sounds great, the sopranos are good for kids though, they dont have to squeeze so hard.

welcome to the dolphin appreciation society by the way :)

uke2020
03-20-2012, 09:04 AM
Hmm, I called Kala last week and the representative said all Dolphins are shipped with non-Aquila strings. They should get their story straight. I just ordered 4 Dolphins from NCUA and they come with non-Aquilas, but easy to upgrade -- can't wait :drool:

stringstrummer
03-20-2012, 12:40 PM
Upgrade to Aquila is a MUST!

It makes a huge difference!

ukuLily Mars
03-20-2012, 05:18 PM
I bought my dolphin in December from West Music as well, through Amazon. (As an aside, I had to email West Music twice with a couple questions and they were great to deal with.) The strings were definitely the cheap ones, but I ordered the Aquilas when I ordered the 'uke. I kept the old strings on for two months while I worked up the nerve to change the strings, and can you believe it? In two months the strings sounded like they were wearing out! The sound wasn't as horrible as I expected, but the Aquilas were a huge improvement. The old strings sounded very, very quiet and tinny. The Aquilas have much better volume and sound, well, 'ukey-er.

So my advice is to just order the good strings (I like the Aquilas, but I'm curious about the Worths now!) right from the get-go. It sounds like there are still lots out there with the cheap strings, if indeed Kala is now shipping with Aquilas, but since the Aquilas are white it's easy to check.

quiltingshirley
03-20-2012, 05:23 PM
My 2 dolphins came from Uke Republic last week with Aquilas on them. They sound good but the strings hurt my fingers. I have some left over brown Worths from restringing a concert. (The strings come extra, extra long, so I've got plenty for a soprano.) It sounds like there's more of a difference between strings for soprano, concert, tenor, than the length. Is there also a difference in thiness? These ukes are for travel and I only want to change out mine if it won't "hurt" the playing. I play bad enough without added help.

pootsie
03-20-2012, 06:11 PM
Can anyone tell me who is a good kind person to my new Aquila strings buy from?

I would like my business to support people who are supporting this awesome forum where I am learning awesome ukey stuff.

Uke Republic
03-20-2012, 07:20 PM
The stock strings are a generic string I believe not even GHS. Some other strings to try on a Dolphin are Auroras. They have a wide variety of colors and use Aquila formula so purple strings on a yellow dolphin. Blue strings on a blue dolphin, ahh you get the idea
Freemont Blacklines are a great choice too. You can mess with everyone. "Hey my uke doesn't sound that good with those black strings" Only you will know you have Freemonts ;)

kaizersoza
03-21-2012, 01:15 AM
The stock strings are a generic string I believe not even GHS. Some other strings to try on a Dolphin are Auroras. They have a wide variety of colors and use Aquila formula so purple strings on a yellow dolphin. Blue strings on a blue dolphin, ahh you get the idea
Freemont Blacklines are a great choice too. You can mess with everyone. "Hey my uke doesn't sound that good with those black strings" Only you will know you have Freemonts ;)

this i like and also it will make a black dolphin look 'mean'...........ok ......so it will never look mean lol i will be slammin a set of Aquilas on by the weekend

Gwynedd
03-21-2012, 01:47 AM
Really? I got a Dolphin in December and it had the GHS trash on them. Maybe it was old stock I bought, however. I could not get those black pos strings off soon enough. Yech.

The Aquilas really help even though they equally suck on my Mainland. I have South Coast Medium Light on my tenor now and it's a big improvement over any others I've tried. (No access to Worths, so no comparison, just to Aquilas and D'Addario.)

kvehe
03-25-2012, 05:29 AM
Okay, I hate to sound like an idiot (like it's never happened before!), but...

I bought two Dolphins last month. They both came with black strings. Having read all of the posts (both here and on Amazon) about putting Aquilas on a Dolphin, I also ordered two sets of Aquila strings. I put the Aquilas on one of the Dolphins, and I swear I can't tell the difference between the two. What am I supposed to be hearing? Does the fact that they came through Amazon (and thus perhaps not with a proper setup?) figure in this?

Thank you from a confused newcomer (who hopes to be able to eventually play the six zillion other ukes I have bought in the past month [extraordinarily severe case of UAS now winding down {my bank account hopes}]).

Gadzukes!
03-25-2012, 06:29 AM
Lots possible your ear may not have developed enough to hear it (it's a very subjective thing). If not, don't worry about it, just keep playing. Some day you'll realize you're hearing things you didn't before. THEN you'll want to swap 'em out!

kvehe
03-25-2012, 06:53 AM
Lots possible your ear may not have developed enough to hear it (it's a very subjective thing). If not, don't worry about it, just keep playing. Some day you'll realize you're hearing things you didn't before. THEN you'll want to swap 'em out!

Thanks. I thought that might be it, but I've been able to tell the difference when changing the strings on a guitar, so I was a bit suspicious. I'll keep at it!!