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iamesperambient
12-21-2013, 08:47 AM
I just got an acoustic baritone (rogue ru20 beater im trying to pick up a vintage baritone soon maybe harmony, or favilla although those are hard to find so prob harmony).

Anyway i was thinking of putting aquila red series on the baritone to make it sound better. Does anyone have any suggestions of good strings that will add life to a cheaper baritone uke? also links to where to buy them and reviews would be helpful. thanks all.

mr roper
12-21-2013, 09:10 AM
D'addario J68 sound and feel good on my Lanikai LU-21B. The original Aquilas wore out quickly.

iamesperambient
12-21-2013, 09:16 AM
D'addario J68 sound and feel good on my Lanikai LU-21B. The original Aquilas wore out quickly.

thanks ill read up on them!

Cornfield
12-21-2013, 09:32 AM
Ihad Ko'alau golds that were OK but just switched to Worth Browns on my $60 cheapo baritone. I like the Brown sound.

UkeKiddinMe
12-21-2013, 09:37 AM
For uke strings, I'm a fan of Strings By Mail.

Jim Hanks
12-21-2013, 10:54 AM
I liked the Living Water low D on my Lanikai. Order direct from Ken Middleton.

bigphil
12-21-2013, 01:29 PM
I just got an acoustic baritone (rogue ru20 beater im trying to pick up a vintage baritone soon maybe harmony, or favilla although those are hard to find so prob harmony).
There is a Favilla baritone in the market right now!

UncleMoon
12-21-2013, 01:43 PM
I play Living Water High D on my Lanikai, and Martin Linears on my Giannini. I like 'em both.

iamesperambient
12-21-2013, 03:47 PM
There is a Favilla baritone in the market right now!

would you mind sending me the link to it?
i really want one but prob wont have the cash
until my birthday but i really would like to get one
as a present to myself with some bday money

Appalachian picker
12-21-2013, 04:29 PM
I've got Martins on my vintage Kingstone Barry.

mds725
12-21-2013, 06:16 PM
would you mind sending me the link to it?
i really want one but prob wont have the cash
until my birthday but i really would like to get one
as a present to myself with some bday money.


http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?91332-Favilla-Vintage-Baritone-195-Shipped-USA

iamesperambient
12-21-2013, 07:05 PM
I've got Martins on my vintage Kingstone Barry.

about the south coast baritone strings, i know he posts here sometimes maybe you guys or him himself (dirk i think it is)
can shed light on this for me. What are some of the different types of south coast strings (how many different sets for different tunings and
which tunings) i also read or maybe misread they make special all steel sets for bari ukes? please would like some info they seem like
more innovative strings (not to say aquila isn't also cos they are). thanks!

iamesperambient
12-21-2013, 07:13 PM
about the south coast baritone strings, i know he posts here sometimes maybe you guys or him himself (dirk i think it is)
can shed light on this for me. What are some of the different types of south coast strings (how many different sets for different tunings and
which tunings) i also read or maybe misread they make special all steel sets for bari ukes? please would like some info they seem like
more innovative strings (not to say aquila isn't also cos they are). thanks!

can anyone tell me about the cuatro tuning sets?
i had a peurto rican cuatro for a bit and its tuned
differently the Venezuelan cuatro (which i think is the type
their referring to) how is that in relationship to sound and chording?
may be interesting to try if the tuning is basically the same, is it?

iamesperambient
12-21-2013, 07:15 PM
can anyone tell me about the cuatro tuning sets?
i had a peurto rican cuatro for a bit and its tuned
differently the Venezuelan cuatro (which i think is the type
their referring to) how is that in relationship to sound and chording?
may be interesting to try if the tuning is basically the same, is it?

as far as i can see they don't make sets for standard dgbe baritone tuning
which kind of blows, but this cuatro style seems interesting enough...

iamesperambient
12-21-2013, 07:19 PM
as far as i can see they don't make sets for standard dgbe baritone tuning
which kind of blows, but this cuatro style seems interesting enough...

if the cuatro strings will work on a baritone i think im going to try them out ...can anyone help
i listened to sound bites of it on a baritone on the site and its PERFECT!

anthonyg
12-22-2013, 02:24 AM
I like Aquila Nylgut DGBE strings on my baritones. BEST?

How long is a piece of string?

Anthony

UkeKiddinMe
12-22-2013, 03:49 AM
I buy D'addario J27 or Augustine Red classical guitar strings, which I buy in lots of 10 from my local music shop because I use them on several instruments, and they are much cheaper in lots of 10. I have tried several types of "ukulele" strings, but they are hard to get in a reasonable timeframe and they cost more.

I have done something similar. I have found that classical sets sized for 1/2 size classical guitars work very well in baritone tuning -
on both baritone and tenor ukes. YMMV. :cool:

It's a tone and feel I like very much.

mds725
12-22-2013, 04:09 AM
If you're interested in Southcoast strings just contact Dirk through the Southcoast website. I've heard that he's responsive, but he may not see your questions posted in this thread.

JonThysell
12-22-2013, 05:38 AM
For Southcoast if you want DGBE you can use their Linear Heavy Gauge Round Wound. Just be warned that the 3rd string is not polished like the 4th so that string will squeak a lot and the other won't at all. I found it too annoying after a week (sound was beautiful otherwise) so I switched back to Living Water Low D.

ralphk
12-22-2013, 07:43 AM
If one were to get a set of 1/2 size classical stings, what strings go where?

UkeKiddinMe
12-22-2013, 08:43 AM
You can use 4-3-2-1 for D-G-B-E.

PTOEguy
12-22-2013, 03:56 PM
I just went through the process of refurbishing several of the Butler Music Gambler's special Lanikai LU-21Bs in an attempt to build some uke set-up skills. During that process I tried several string sets - here's what I know.

1. Stock Aquila Linear (lower two wound) strings were not in great shape when they arrived - they didn't tune up very well and the winding appeared a little suspect.

2. Aquila CGEA baritone strings are a hoot - the turned a cheap LU-21B into something with more sustain and power than my Pono MT. The sound wasn't quite as sophisticated as the solid wood tenor, but it was an amazing sound for cheap laminate uke. But - it wasn't really a baritone sound anymore, so I went on to the next which was:

3. Dunlop Baritone Uke Strings - I was given a set as a promo from a local guitar shop and I really like them. They have a solid feel when playing - they don't feel at all floppy like some baritone sets get. The tone is big and booming on the LU-21B and I can highly recommend them as great bang for the buck (the second set I bought cost me $4)

4. Finally - Southcoast HU-W3 is what my Pono baritone has on it and that is great as well - a beautiful mellow tone that is great for playing my five-year olds to sleep.

Hope this adds to the knowledge base.

iamesperambient
12-22-2013, 09:06 PM
If one were to get a set of 1/2 size classical stings, what strings go where?

because of my OCD personality even though i hear its fine to use the package would have to say 'baritone ukulele' on the pack or i would freak out and not be able to use them even if they are just repackaged guitar strings. I'm one of those people who counts his steps i can't help it.

mainiac
12-24-2013, 01:27 AM
I put the Southcoast Heavy Medium Gauge Linear Set w/ round wound basses on my Favilla bari, and really like them. It's the fourth different set I've tried (among different brands) and these seem like they were made for this instrument. Tuned to key of A, easier to sing along, and can capo up, if need be, for playing with others in C.