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rreffner
04-06-2012, 02:50 AM
I ordered a set of Southcoast medium tenor high reentrant strings online and they arrived within a few days. I immediately put them on my Kamaka. The strings sound terrific and they feel very nice. No squeaking and fingers slide with ease. I am very pleased and recommend giving them a try.

(I have no financial interest in Southcoast).

http://www.southcoastukes.com/stringuide.htm

Kem
04-06-2012, 03:26 AM
I have Southcoast strings on my Boat Paddle. They are the nicest strings I own; I'll be ordering more.

Gwynedd
04-06-2012, 03:32 AM
I also have the medium light tenor on my Mainland and I'm in the slow process of trying out strings, including some new D'Addarios. Because I let the strings settle, it takes time to test. But I can say out of the Aquilas, D'Addario E71 and the Southcoast so far, I'm preferring the Southcoast by a country mile. Nice feel under the fingers, pretty tone. If you haven't tried the bridge bone beads, I recommend them. Not only pretty, but they make restringing a lot easier (it's a carved bead you put the string through, then through the bridge. Supposedly, it cuts down on the acute angle of the string to the bridge but I just like how they work for restringing.)

Sound tests on my Mainland Mahogany tenor: I am a beginning player, please excuse and my recording equipment consists of a Snowball mic so nothing astonishing here. Same conditions, distance, and uke.

Southcoast (http://snd.sc/xcas6I)
D'Addario E71 (http://snd.sc/HjjJno)
Aquila (http://soundcloud.com/gwynedd/kuu)

mr roper
04-06-2012, 04:10 AM
I've got Southcoasts on an Islander concert and just put them on my Stewmac soprano kit build. I've got a set ready for the Musicmakers baritone when it's finished. Great strings. Gwynedd, I think the beads actually increase or at least maintain the acute angle at the saddle. See Dirk's drawing.

Gwynedd
04-06-2012, 04:36 AM
Duh yeah got that reversed. But angle or no, I find restringing a lot easier--don't have to tie knots and wrap, just thread through the sides, out the top and go.

Kimosabe
04-06-2012, 04:55 AM
If you want to get real hip to what Southcoast has to offer, consider going beyond what they offer GCEA-wise. They also offer strings for very interesting and very rich tunings. Recently I've used their Bb tunings on a couple ukes and a Cuarto tuning on a baritone. Fabulous.

If you're playing solo, it doesn't matter what key your uke is tuned to,
What matters is how it suits your voice. The Bb tunings bring out the finer qualities of the bigger ukes.

The third string is the name of the tuning. GCEA is C tuning. You have to get that right when tuning your uke. F is the fourth string of a Bb tuning.

Anyway, I have Southcoast GCEAs on several and they're great. Try their GCEAs on a baritone, unwound.

( Also, no financial affiliation with Southcoast. Just a satisfied customer. No mail charge for strings, Included in price.)

barefootgypsy
04-06-2012, 04:57 AM
I also have the medium light tenor on my Mainland and I'm in the slow process of trying out strings, including some new D'Addarios. Because I let the strings settle, it takes time to test. But I can say out of the Aquilas, D'Addario E71 and the Southcoast so far, I'm preferring the Southcoast by a country mile. Nice feel under the fingers, pretty tone. If you haven't tried the bridge bone beads, I recommend them. Not only pretty, but they make restringing a lot easier (it's a carved bead you put the string through, then through the bridge. Supposedly, it cuts down on the acute angle of the string to the bridge but I just like how they work for restringing.)

Sound tests on my Mainland Mahogany tenor: I am a beginning player, please excuse and my recording equipment consists of a Snowball mic so nothing astonishing here. Same conditions, distance, and uke.

Southcoast (http://snd.sc/xcas6I)
D'Addario E71 (http://snd.sc/HjjJno)
Aquila (http://soundcloud.com/gwynedd/kuu)
I've just listened to all those - it's interesting, thanks for posting! And they sound lovely! Where did you get the music?

Patrick Madsen
04-06-2012, 05:34 AM
I went on their site and got confused as heck. I want a set of tenor strings low g, unwound third. Can anyone give me an idea of which ones to order?

Gwynedd
04-06-2012, 05:58 AM
Those are songs from Mark Kailana Nelson's admirable book (amzn.to/GFiOJf) on fingerstyle--E Ku'u Morning Dew and Pua Sadina which is the longer cut on the Southcoasts. I'm learning to play fingerstyle mainly from this book (I already knew strumming and chords from childhood.)

Gwynedd
04-06-2012, 05:59 AM
I suggest you email Dirk Woudhoudt at Southcoast as he's a terrific help. He tells me strings do not come in lengths (ie tenor, soprano) and they are organized by tension and tone but I get mixed up. He keeps telling me and I keep muddling it up.

Mouthy1
04-06-2012, 06:00 AM
Yeah, there are no other strings I like better or even at all know that I have made the switch!

GX9901
04-06-2012, 06:12 AM
Right now I've got Southcoast strings on my Glyph mezzo-soprano and William King concert and they sound great, probably my favorite sounding strings so far on those two. I'd try them on more ukes if I wasn't so lazy about re-stringing ukes.

ksiegel
04-06-2012, 06:16 AM
Call or drop an email to Dirk, and tell him what scale you want, and what you plan to use the strings on. He'll probably ask a couple other questions (playing style, for example), and will recommend the appropriate strings.

e-mail: southcoast@inbox.com
phone: (504) 491-1699

I neither have an affiliation with Southcoast, nor do I own any of their products (yet). Some strings are on the radar for the future, however.



-Kurt

PoiDog
04-06-2012, 06:18 AM
I'm another Southcoast fan - fair prices and super-fast service. I've tried both their linear and reentrant sets and liked them both a lot.

It's really tough for me to choose "THE" string set. I find that Worths, Fremonts, Orcas, and Southcoast are all top rate, and I like them each for different reasons.

Thankfully, I don't have to choose only one, and I've taken to simply rotating them as needed, so I can always enjoy something a little different the next time around.

coolkayaker1
04-06-2012, 06:42 AM
I have Southcoast Mediums on my tenor. I previously used Worth Clears. I like them both very much, but is there really a difference? I think they sound identical--frankly, if there was a bet to distinguish the difference, I wouldn't take it--I can't hear the difference.

Can anyone else tell the difference? Maybe it's me.

CTurner
04-06-2012, 08:15 AM
What Kimosabe said. :) It's an eye-opening experience to do a tuning that is half step up or down. With certain sets of Southcoast, on certain size ukes, this is a grand experiment that I recommend to anyone interested in fine tuning your uke's sound. Also, Dirk's help is always friendly and patient and informed.

southcoastukes
04-08-2012, 04:17 PM
Wow - been under the weather and missed this thread. Thanks for all the kind words!

southcoastukes
04-08-2012, 04:21 PM
...I also have the medium light tenor on my Mainland

Gwynedd - thank you especially for the sound sample. Just so no one gets confused, she is talking about a set that hasn't yet been released. These are "Light Mediums" - tension falls between our Medium and Light Gauge sets, and they'll be available in both standard (what Gwynedd is playing) and "soft" formulae - the soft is for a softer tone

southcoastukes
04-08-2012, 04:26 PM
I went on their site and got confused as heck. I want a set of tenor strings low g, unwound third. Can anyone give me an idea of which ones to order?

Patrick, you're not as confused as you think. You didn't find that set because we don't make one. We've always felt that wound strings work better in that application. Our G650 sets - there are three - will give that tuning. The flat wound sets are "no squeak".

We try to offer more options than anyone as far as getting top sound, and that does make our presentation a bit complicated. We're trying to remedy the situation with a revised website - out shortly I hope.

Still we'll likely never go the commercial route entirely with "Soprano" or "Low G" sets.

As mentioned, you can always drop me a line. Be glad to translate.

southcoastukes
04-08-2012, 04:31 PM
I have Southcoast Mediums on my tenor. I previously used Worth Clears. I like them both very much, but is there really a difference? I think they sound identical--frankly, if there was a bet to distinguish the difference, I wouldn't take it--I can't hear the difference.

Can anyone else tell the difference? Maybe it's me.

Coolboy,

It's not you. While we offer a lot more variety in our sets than Worth - wound strings, for example - certain of our sets will sound similar. Our Mediums and certain Worth sets are the primary example. Although they should sound similar, we like to think we have a slightly more even tone, but much more even tensions.

Worth gets their tone with a single material and high tensions on the outside strings. We used mixed materials with less dense material outside and more even tensions.

southcoastukes
04-08-2012, 04:38 PM
If you want to get real hip to what Southcoast has to offer, consider going beyond what they offer GCEA-wise. They also offer strings for very interesting and very rich tunings. Recently I've used their Bb tunings on a couple ukes and a Cuarto tuning on a baritone. Fabulous.

If you're playing solo, it doesn't matter what key your uke is tuned to,
What matters is how it suits your voice. The Bb tunings bring out the finer qualities of the bigger ukes.

The third string is the name of the tuning. GCEA is C tuning. You have to get that right when tuning your uke. F is the fourth string of a Bb tuning.

Anyway, I have Southcoast GCEAs on several and they're great. Try their GCEAs on a baritone, unwound.

( Also, no financial affiliation with Southcoast. Just a satisfied customer. No mail charge for strings, Included in price.)


Finally, I LOVE THIS QUOTE!

Wish I could get this across so succinctly. That's one of the reasons for our somewhat convoluted presentation. Ukuleles of different sizes will simply never sound their best all tuned to the same key. Simple laws of physics make it obvious - or look at the tunings of the violin family - deeper as the size increases.

People like Alex Richter in Germany and Byron Yasui in Hawaii have advocated graduated tunings, and icons like Cliff Edwards and George Formby used them. That is a big part of what we try to offer. Sometimes other factors are more important, but if best sound is a priority for your instrument, look into how to match it to it's proper tuning. It's not hard at all.

coolkayaker1
04-08-2012, 06:33 PM
Coolboy,

It's not you. While we offer a lot more variety in our sets than Worth - wound strings, for example - certain of our sets will sound similar. Our Mediums and certain Worth sets are the primary example. Although they should sound similar, we like to think we have a slightly more even tone, but much more even tensions.

Worth gets their tone with a single material and high tensions on the outside strings. We used mixed materials with less dense material outside and more even tensions.

Dirk, I have to say, no one from Worth ever helped me pick strings, and you did. As you know, I ordered a few recently, and will again. Remember, I'm the one that wanted to reduce tension on my tenor with friction tuners. I have the Soft Lights I just ordered now, but I was so anxious to try Southcoasts that I couldn't wait and put on the Mediums that I ordered last month before the Lights even got here. lol

If the tension is more stable and similar string to string, that's enough for me to put SCs above Ws.

And I learned something from my Mediums. I tuned down a half step, which I'd never done before, and besides reducing the tension, it sounds cool on my tenor Kiwaya.

So, thanks a gazillion, Dirk. Steve in IL.

saltytri
05-17-2012, 07:16 PM
Thanks to Dirk for providing advice on strings for a couple of tenors that are under construction. On those, I'll have to report later but I did want to say that a set of mediums just went on a Kanilea K-2 T tenor. They sing rings around the clear Worths that preceded them. To my ear, the mediums are sublime at GCEA or a half step down. I wasn't playing the Kanilea much but that changes as of right now. :)

808boy
05-17-2012, 08:46 PM
+1 more for Southcoast Strings. Tried various brands and models when Southcoast were reccomended by my friend Kanaka916. Got the G-650s Flatwounds that made my uke sing beyond what I imagined. The balance between strings are amazing, the resonance and sustain increased tremendously, and the voice is well rounded.....all of this is to my ears. Couldn't be happier, seems like a perfect match for my Tenor, Double Puka Koa (see avitar)...
Definitely will purchase more from Southcoast.......................BO............... ...........

kamaka_4_life
05-17-2012, 09:37 PM
Sounds like some really great strings. I've been planning on experimenting with different string sets, and seeing what sounds great! I am going to test the D'Addario T2's tomorrow, so stoked for that! Can't wait gahhhh :eek:

marymac
05-18-2012, 07:31 PM
I love the Southcoast flatwounds. Definitely my favorite bass strings. I have the 650 fourths set with classical metal trebles tuned DGBE on my Roy Smeck Vita tenor guitar and an awesome new set of 650 fifths (also with classical metals) tuned CGDA on my new (to me) Martin tenor guitar.

Like coolkayaker I like the Southcoast linear non-wound strings just fine but I like the Worth Clears and Fremont Blacklines just as well and I'm not sure I could tell the difference between the three on most ukes.