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    Default HELP! Changing Strings with drop Pin

    It's snowing in Toronto (Canada) , stuck in the house so I decided I might as well do something - like changing strings on my new concert Kanile'a !

    I followed the instruction from previous posts (see link below) + a super nice member emailed me with tips. Aaron from HMS already shown me how to do it when I was there. I have changed strings on my old Kala. No big deal. I can do it. :-)

    Step 1: Decided to start with the G, it's the toughest, it should not snap .
    I cut the Oasis string in half because that's how they came in. I think the half string is too long for my concert but too afraid to trim .

    Step 2: carefully pulled out the original G . Follow the same style of knot and drop in the Oasis. Placed the pin back with the side that has a gap facing the bridge. Check to make sure it is at the same level as the other three pins. There is nothing to turn. You just push the pin down in place.

    NIGHTMARE STARTED:
    Step 3: start tightening the string
    Step 4: heard a sound but nothing happened
    Step 5: continue to turn , suddenly the string and the pin popped out of the slot.

    Tried again, same thing happened. At this point I already worked up quite a sweat.

    I quickly put the original string back in the hole . Start tightening the string, same thing happened , popped out of the slot as soon as it starting to tighten up. (I have the peg turner but choose to use my hand instead so it's not turning too quickly)

    Second try, this time nothing popped but the string feels like it has reached the tightest max in F# . Too afraid to keep tuning to G. (I use digital tuner)

    Will I hurt the uku neck by tuning too much if the string looks to be reaching it maximum tightness?

    What did I do wrong? I am so scare. Now the uku just sit in the stand with a F# instead of G.

    Local music store will charge $16 but I prefer to do it myself. It's one of those things you have to learn and get past the fear. Below is link to previous posts by others. Its sound so simple yet I can't do it. Am I the only dumb dumb?

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...hp/t-5681.html
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    If it's at F#, it is not at it's maximum tightness, as this string gauge is designed as a G ... are you sure it's not a low g and you're attempting to tune it to high g? In that case, STOP! Sometimes with the bridge pin style, you have to apply light pressure on the pin when you're tightening the string, or as you found out, it likes to pop out until it has some pressure from the tightened string to hold it in place. Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deschutestrout View Post
    If it's at F#, it is not at it's maximum tightness, as this string gauge is designed as a G ... are you sure it's not a low g and you're attempting to tune it to high g? In that case, STOP! Sometimes with the bridge pin style, you have to apply light pressure on the pin when you're tightening the string, or as you found out, it likes to pop out until it has some pressure from the tightened string to hold it in place. Hope this helps!
    No it's a high G because I put back the original string when the new one keeps popping. New one is High G also but I have not gotten that far yet. I just developed this fear . It will take me days to make another attempt.

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    Are you positive you didn't already pass the correct pitch an octave ago? I would think the string would break in that case ... but maybe not. Compare it to the 1st string (A) on your other uke ... it should be tuned a step LOWER than that at G ... if it is in fact lower in pitch than the A on a properly tuned uke, but at F# ... you should be able to bring it up to proper G pitch. On the other hand, if it is HIGHER in pitch ... you passed the octave and are WAY to tight. Why do you think the string has reached maximum tension? If it's at the correct octave, your tuner is telling you otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deschutestrout View Post
    Are you positive you didn't already pass the correct pitch an octave ago? I would think the string would break in that case ... but maybe not. Compare it to the 1st string (A) on your other uke ... it should be tuned a step LOWER than that at G ... if it is in fact lower in pitch than the A on a properly tuned uke, but at F# ... you should be able to bring it up to proper G pitch. On the other hand, if it is HIGHER in pitch ... you passed the octave and are WAY to tight. Why do you think the string has reached maximum tension? If it's at the correct octave, your tuner is telling you otherwise.
    The string feels very tight so I am afraid to keep tuning. No it did not pass the octave , I am sure of it.
    I am talking about the original string that came with the uku NOT the new Oasis string I attempted to change. I was too afraid to change the Oasis so I put the original string back and that's when it feels tight by the time it reaches F#. I let it sit for a while, may be the string will stretch a little more. I knew it's trouble when I have nothing better to do this morning. :-(

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    My advice is this:

    The string should hold even without the pin. Knot the end of the string. Insert the knot in the hole. Use a bamboo skewer or similar to engage the string in the tiny notch that in the fretboard end of the hole. While keeping light tension so that the string and knot stay where they are, put a light amount of tension on the string using the tuner, just enough so it stays in place by itself (no hands). Then insert the pin. Then bring it up to tension. The pin is almost unnecessary, the knotted string should be holding on its own.

    Unless you are tuning way too high, there isn't much to be afraid of. The worst I've had is the pin flying across the room and disappearing beneath a piece of furniture, or the knot coming untied. Have everyone wear safety goggles I suppose

    good luck

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    Hold the pin down firm with your right thumb while you're tuning the string to pitch. You won't hurt anything by pushing down on the pin while you're tuning it up.

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    I don't know if this will help but my tuner has a setting for other instruments as well as for ukulele double check and make sure your settings on the tuner are either set to chromatic or for ukulele. If it is set for an instrument that doesn't normally tune to a G string it could show as an F# because the tuner does not expect to be tuning a "G".

    For example if My tuner is set to Gutiar I play the C string and it shows as B even if my C string is tuned correctlly.

    Also if there are any numbers you want the numbers to be 440.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian1 View Post
    I don't know if this will help but my tuner has a setting for other instruments as well as for ukulele double check and make sure your settings on the tuner are either set to chromatic or for ukulele. If it is set for an instrument that doesn't normally tune to a G string it could show as an F# because the tuner does not expect to be tuning a "G".

    Also if there are any numbers you want the numbers to be 440.
    It's a tuner for ukulele only. It is very accurate. I can probably turn back to G , the string just feels very tight already so didn't want to take a chance. If the string snap, I would have to change all four strings .

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    Quote Originally Posted by WhenDogsSing View Post
    Hold the pin down firm with your right thumb while you're tuning the string to pitch. You won't hurt anything by pushing down on the pin while you're tuning it up.
    I should try this. Thanks
    Last edited by Brenda Wong; 01-29-2015 at 10:18 AM.

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