you want to know the real story?
-in 1997 I have discovered a new plastic better than nylon (which was used for brooms.....) that I called 'Nylgut' (nylon plus gut). In 1999 I introduced Nylgut trebles in a few Aquila guitar sets.
-In the end of 2001 that was Christmas time I sent one set of white nylgut 4 strings to Roy T. Cone of Seabrook (close to Houston, TX) ; the store is Ukuleleworld
-At January 01 of 2002 I received back from him a mail telling me what kind of great plasstic are that samples of 'damn' white strings and who I am and why I am in Italy and not in USA or Hawaii or Japan. Then he told me that his entry level chinese ukulele now plays better than an higher quality uke. He asked me 1 thousand of sets but I had just 5 experimental soprano sets available for experiments. he told me: 'man....lissen.. you maybe have not well realized: you are sit down on a million dollars'. send me that damn uke strings right now and I will do another website for nylgut aquila'
I was then obliged to design the envelopes, all the sets.. everything in just 1 month etc etc. Roy mailed me in a 'texan way' (ah ah ). Roy was and is one of my best friends ever.
-2003 a guy from Honolulu mailed me asking me a favour: to change the color from white to the traditional black color telling me that due to the vulcan stone their beaches are black. I answered him that I was born in an island -Sardinia- here in Italy, were the beaches are very white and that I have no intention to change the color from white to black. he told me that I will failed. The comunications were with no fights, always polite.
-in 2004 or 2005 Bushmann asked me to supply him with 1,000 bulk sets for the Jenny ukulele. The white strings start to be seen by the chinese makers in south china
- in 2004 was the time of the chinese Leolani ukulele brand with order of 10,000 bulk sets every two months
-in 2006 0r 2007 was the time of Kala ukuleles and Cordoba ukuleles to order us huge quantity of bulk sets
- in begginning 2008 the Hohner Lanikai started to order us 200,000 and more bulk sets per year
- in late 2008, having seen that Kala, Hohner. Cordoba equiped their ukuleles with aquilas every chinese ukulele maker asked us nylgut strings
-in 2008 aquila bought its first extruder plant with the capacity of 50,000 single ukulele strings per day.
(Now we runs 5 plant whose total capacity per day is around 400,000 single uke strings)
- In 2010 almost 90% of all chinese makers switched from the black nylon to the white nylgut strings (original form Italy or fake aquilas)
-in 2016 I introduce the black nylgut Lava series in syncere homage to all he Hawaiian people.
Mimmo Peruffo Aquilastrings founder Italy
We Med/Renn enthusiasts know that you’re HUGE in Early Music. I don’t think I’ve encountered an early stringed instrument website or luthier who didn’t enthusiastically endorse Nylgut for their instrumentsI