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pixiepurls
06-17-2014, 10:16 AM
My martin is pretty loud. i didn't really like the Aquila's that came on it, and the T2's are nice and clear but kinda boomy with the already loud uke. Worth browns maybe?

coolkayaker1
06-17-2014, 10:40 AM
Worth browns

kkimura
06-17-2014, 12:38 PM
Martin M600s?

RichM
06-17-2014, 12:46 PM
Worth browns

Agreed, Worth browns are the mellowest strings I've played.

PhilUSAFRet
06-17-2014, 12:55 PM
Ko'olau Mahanos very mellow

iamesperambient
06-17-2014, 01:44 PM
My martin is pretty loud. i didn't really like the Aquila's that came on it, and the T2's are nice and clear but kinda boomy with the already loud uke. Worth browns maybe?

worth browns , living water
or oasis mellow

Andy Chen
06-17-2014, 03:18 PM
The D'Addario Pro Arte set on my Blackbird tenor is very warm.

peaceweaver3
06-17-2014, 03:41 PM
Worth Browns, yes. Or Southcoast lights. But the Lights are quiet(er) because they have less tention, like a lot less to me anyway, than Fremonts, Aquilas or La Bellas which are my current favorite but not quiet.

iamesperambient
06-17-2014, 03:54 PM
Worth Browns, yes. Or Southcoast lights. But the Lights are quiet(er) because they have less tention, like a lot less to me anyway, than Fremonts, Aquilas or La Bellas which are my current favorite but not quiet.

are la bellas good quality? i always assumed they were discount or cheap strings. I kind of want to try them but wasn't sure how good they were. Would they be comparable to GHS?

Jon Moody
06-18-2014, 12:08 AM
are la bellas good quality? i always assumed they were discount or cheap strings. I kind of want to try them but wasn't sure how good they were. Would they be comparable to GHS?

The LaBella string sets are nearly identical to ours, mainly because we all get our nylon strings from the same source. It's one of the few strings that many places do not make.

ukantor
06-18-2014, 02:01 AM
When I got my Martin sop. it was fitted with Aquilas. For me it sounded too brash and "in yer face" so I strung it with Worth Browns. To my ears they suit it very well indeed.

NOTLguy
06-18-2014, 02:08 AM
I agree on the fluorocarbon strings being more mellow. Worth Browns are nice. You can also have a look at many string comparisons here.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9XJ7_3iJeaNdk5reFNnOW95alU/edit?usp=sharing

Regards,
Bill

pixiepurls
06-18-2014, 03:09 AM
Okay ordered the Browns from HMS, will try those southcoast lights eventually as well to try. Thanks! :) I wonder how long a tiny string envelope takes to get to the east coast from HMS!

RichM
06-18-2014, 03:17 AM
Okay ordered the Browns from HMS, will try those southcoast lights eventually as well to try. Thanks! :) I wonder how long a tiny string envelope takes to get to the east coast from HMS!

If its sent Priority Mail, 2-3 days-- even from Hawaii!

Icelander53
06-18-2014, 06:50 AM
YOu might check out La Bella's. I took them off my new uke because they toned it down way too much for my taste.

Dane
06-18-2014, 07:28 AM
These are currently the quietest strings I know of:

http://ukuguides.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/stringuku.jpg

:)

pixiepurls
06-18-2014, 07:34 AM
These are currently the quietest strings I know of:

http://ukuguides.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/stringuku.jpg

:)

lol smart a55! :)

haole
06-18-2014, 07:35 AM
Wish I got to this thread sooner so I could sell OP my old, used, dead strings before all the good suggestions started rolling in. ;)

Mattyukaholic
06-18-2014, 11:58 AM
Martin M600s?

I agree. I think Martins new and vintage sound best with Martin M600s personally. They're made for those ukes figuratively and literally. A close second for me are worth clears and living waters.

I know OP has already ordered some other strings, but thought it worth mentioning for next time.

kkimura
06-18-2014, 12:54 PM
These are currently the quietest strings I know of:

http://ukuguides.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/stringuku.jpg

:)

Always in tune and never sound bad. My kind of strings!

UkerDanno
06-18-2014, 01:32 PM
I agree. I think Martins new and vintage sound best with Martin M600s personally. They're made for those ukes figuratively and literally.

I agree, I and others have suggested this before...although I wouldn't consider them "quiet", maybe stuff some insulation into the body?

pixiepurls
06-18-2014, 04:15 PM
I agree. I think Martins new and vintage sound best with Martin M600s personally. They're made for those ukes figuratively and literally. A close second for me are worth clears and living waters.

I know OP has already ordered some other strings, but thought it worth mentioning for next time.

I want to try Martin strings on my martin for sure! If the worth browns don't work out they will be on my "next" list!

iamesperambient
06-18-2014, 06:40 PM
I want to try Martin strings on my martin for sure! If the worth browns don't work out they will be on my "next" list!

worth browns are really designed to get a super mellow tone im not sure if theres anything else that would work for you. Living waters low D strings are more mellow because it doesn't have a wound boomy string but their also very 'bright' worth browns have a more 'muted' and i hate using that term does their very nice sound but i think you will get the best results as far as what you are looking for in worth browns.

NOTLguy
06-19-2014, 01:16 AM
The link to my string comparison spreadsheet is now fixed. It is now fully accessible and can be printed if need be.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9XJ7_3iJeaNdk5reFNnOW95alU/edit?usp=sharing


Regards,
Bill