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jjdejd
01-20-2014, 02:58 AM
Borrowed a 15 year old Oscar Schmidt concert from a friend. It has the original strings. Not sure what brand, but I know they use Aquila now. Looking at the Nylgut 7U. Going to ask him if he minds the upgrade LOL

Brian W
01-20-2014, 04:01 AM
Wow 15 years??!! How does the uke sound with 15 year old strings?

DaleR
01-20-2014, 05:14 AM
I bet it is a very pretty, mello sound!

jjdejd
01-20-2014, 06:03 AM
It doesn't sound too bad. It is a little mellow. Hope some new Aquila's will bring it back to life. I'm impressed with the action on this entry level uke.
Wow 15 years??!! How does the uke sound with 15 year old strings?

bborzell
01-20-2014, 06:24 AM
I'd give them a few more years to settle in.

greenie44
01-20-2014, 07:03 AM
Supposedly, James Jamerson, the legendary bassist for Motown, never changed his strings.

OldePhart
01-20-2014, 07:07 AM
Supposedly, James Jamerson, the legendary bassist for Motown, never changed his strings.

My basses go pretty long between changes. I think the ones on my 5 string have been on there about two or 2-1/2 years, now and I gig with it a couple of times a week. As long as the intonation and sustain remains good there is really no reason to change them.

That's good because good flat wound bass strings are 'spensive, man.

John

Cornfield
01-20-2014, 07:37 AM
Is it still in tune too? Mine was in tune when I bought it.

rem50
01-20-2014, 09:00 AM
Years ago my dad gave me his guitar. It is a 1936 kalamazoo. I looked at the strings and asked him when the last time he changed them was..... he said: Changed them? Ha! I thought I needed a tetanus shot just to play it!

bird's eye view of my ukelele
01-20-2014, 12:36 PM
I'd give them a few more years to settle in.
lol!

it won't let me just type "lol"

jjdejd
01-20-2014, 12:54 PM
They are a little off tune. It's time !! lol

jjdejd
01-20-2014, 12:59 PM
Since I have your attention, I'm in the market for a concert. Looking at the KoAloha KCM-00. Your thoughts?

katysax
01-20-2014, 01:32 PM
I prefer vintage strings that have had an opportunity to open up.

PhilUSAFRet
01-20-2014, 02:21 PM
Aquilas sure made my OU5 come alive. Wasn't sure I was going to keep it until I tried them. Still not loud, but sweet and resonant. I also been meaning to install a bone saddle as well.

igorthebarbarian
01-20-2014, 05:44 PM
Haha -just like fine wines and expensive Scotch, right?

I'd give them a few more years to settle in.

mm stan
01-20-2014, 07:02 PM
You can still cut cheese with them......

cigarfan
01-21-2014, 01:03 AM
Last year I purchased a '50s Martin Style 3 that had been sitting in someone's closet as the player had passed on in that timeframe. The strings had almost fossilized. It was quite a challenge to get the strings to release from the slot in the bridge. But before that string change I was able to tune it up. Hard to believe. No sustain and very little volume but stayed in tune at 50+ years old.

dkcrown
01-21-2014, 01:49 AM
Since I have your attention, I'm in the market for a concert. Looking at the KoAloha KCM-00. Your thoughts?

Yes,yes, and yes. KoAloha has the concert size down, IMO. Great tone, sustain, and huge volume.

PhilUSAFRet
01-21-2014, 01:52 AM
That KoAloha is one of the "tone monsters." One of the most highly thought of concerts around. Can't go wrong

jjdejd
01-21-2014, 05:45 AM
Thanks. Do you know if it is a "high tension" uke? And what brand strings they use? My Pono came with Kamaka strings and it was like playing a cheese grater. LOL I since changed to Aquila. My Kanile'a came with Aquila and it is really easy yo play.
Yes,yes, and yes. KoAloha has the concert size down, IMO. Great tone, sustain, and huge volume.

dkcrown
01-21-2014, 06:23 AM
Thanks. Do you know if it is a "high tension" uke? And what brand strings they use? My Pono came with Kamaka strings and it was like playing a cheese grater. LOL I since changed to Aquila. My Kanile'a came with Aquila and it is really easy yo play.

They come with fluorocarbon strings,( I believe their own brand of Worths.) They are probably a higher tension string than your Aquillas, but a concert will not come close to the tension of tenors.

OldePhart
01-21-2014, 08:28 AM
Thanks. Do you know if it is a "high tension" uke? And what brand strings they use? My Pono came with Kamaka strings and it was like playing a cheese grater. LOL I since changed to Aquila. My Kanile'a came with Aquila and it is really easy yo play.

The KoAloha ukes definitely do not like high tension strings. They come with "Japanese fishing line" which seems to be in exactly the same gages as a Worth CM set and which I believe is probably Seaguar leader in those gages. They respond quite well to those strings and, even though I prefer high tension strings, I do not recommend putting higher tension strings on KoAloha ukes.

John

jjdejd
01-21-2014, 08:43 AM
Great. I don't want to buy another uke that requires "work" to play it. LOL Now I need to start my search for a concert. Thanks
The KoAloha ukes definitely do not like high tension strings. They come with "Japanese fishing line" which seems to be in exactly the same gages as a Worth CM set and which I believe is probably Seaguar leader in those gages. They respond quite well to those strings and, even though I prefer high tension strings, I do not recommend putting higher tension strings on KoAloha ukes.

John

peaceweaver3
01-21-2014, 09:31 AM
I prefer vintage strings that have had an opportunity to open up.

And my dad preferred a car that threatened to fall apart every time he washed it. Which was like once that I remember. It was a really big deal. :D

UkerDanno
01-21-2014, 12:52 PM
Since I have your attention, I'm in the market for a concert. Looking at the KoAloha KCM-00. Your thoughts?

excellent choice!