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flailingfingers
05-15-2014, 04:02 PM
Anyone used these? Southcoast has them and the info makes them sound useful.

coolkayaker1
05-15-2014, 04:12 PM
Yes and Yes/

Here's a half dozen threads on them.
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/search.php?searchid=6093860

Tigeralum2001
05-15-2014, 05:20 PM
Yes, I have used them. They make it easy to do string changes. I like them, but I don't love them- if that makes sense. Here's a tip- If buying for multiple ukes, buy a few guitar packs and you'll save some money.

katysax
05-15-2014, 06:20 PM
I've used them and I somewhat like them - they do make changing strings a bit easier and the string lies nicely on the bridge. But, I hate the way they look. I think they look like teeth and make my uke look like some primitive instrument strung by cannibals. I have found that using small ceramic beads that I can get at any bead shop - not too small - work just as well, are cheaper and look nicer. The beads are really just as easy to use once you figure out how to tie them. I've take the bridge bone beads off all the ukes that had them.

Kanaka916
05-15-2014, 06:54 PM
Makes changing strings simple, doesn't work well with a 6 or 8 stringer.

ichadwick
05-16-2014, 12:32 AM
I went to the local craft supply store and bough a bottle of glass beads. Got enough to use on every instrument I own, and every one in the whole town, too, for about $2.

cdkrugjr
05-16-2014, 01:41 AM
I went to the local craft supply store and bough a bottle of glass beads. Got enough to use on every instrument I own, and every one in the whole town, too, for about $2.

What size beads?

flailingfingers
05-16-2014, 03:47 AM
These look really interesting:
http://www.stringsbymail.com/store/string-tie-beads-for-ukulele-amber-11556.html?zenid=mek6f689sc1jkm7poodvkgq3o2

UncleMoon
05-16-2014, 04:25 AM
Take a look at my profile pic - ( http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/album.php?albumid=1961&attachmentid=54375 ). I picked these up on artfire for super cheap. I like the fact that the bead takes the stress from the knot.

ichadwick
05-16-2014, 07:34 AM
What size beads?

Actually, I selected several sizes, from very small to large - smallest that will take a uke string are perhaps 5mm in diameter, but I got some up to about 10-12mm. The middle size 8-10mm seemed to work best.

Really what counts is the size of the hole. They also had wood and metal beads.

Down Up Dick
05-16-2014, 08:53 AM
I took some beads out of my wife's sewing and used them on my Pineapple Uke, but they were glass or maybe plastic, and I thought that they might break. I didn't care how they looked either, so I took them off.

My Kalas have that "braid" at the bottom of the bridge which I've used myself, but I don't like it. It makes replacing a broken string difficult. My Banjolele has knots with loops through them, and I like that better. Does anyone else have a good way to tie the strings at the bridge? One that looks okay and is easy to work with?

peaceweaver3
05-16-2014, 09:21 AM
Am I correct that these don't work on a slotted bridge?

As for the standard bridge, I haven't used them but can see their value. Tying strings away from the uke minimizes the close, and sometimes right on target calls where you scratch the finish changing strings. :o

sirwhale
05-16-2014, 10:46 PM
I like bridge beads. The can work on double courses (5 strings, 6 strings etc) by lying the bead sideways and threading two strings through the bead. It works fine for me.

Ukuleleblues
05-17-2014, 02:11 AM
Since the break angle is greater with beads that should put more pressure on the saddle. Wouldn't that make the uke a little louder?

Kanaka916
05-17-2014, 04:04 AM
I like bridge beads. The can work on double courses (5 strings, 6 strings etc) by lying the bead sideways and threading two strings through the bead. It works fine for me.
Do you have a photo? Curious to see it.

sirwhale
05-17-2014, 11:00 PM
Here you go66857

If you look closely at the low g, you can see it goes through the bridge bead vertically, loops towards the right (as we look at it) and through the bead horizontally towards the left. From there it does a U turn and goes across the outside of the bead and under the first loop it made. I did the same with the high g, just in reverse and found that it holds very well. These are living water strings.