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    Default Best strings to buy.

    Hi,
    I am a new ukulele player, less than 60 days. A friend, who bought it at a yard sale, gave me a Lanikai LU-21B Baritone.

    This friend said that the yard sale lady said she thought her daughter bought it around 7 years ago.

    It's in great shape, but I know it needs new strings, as I figure the strings on it now are original.

    My question is: What would be the best strings to purchase to replace the old strings? I haven't a clue.

    Best Regards,

    Terry

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    Any baritone strings would work. You'll likely get many recommendations. I hear lots of good things about Southcoast baritone strings, but I am sure you will get some recommendations from members who have that specific model.

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    Southcoast and D'Addario work very well on my 1950's Martin. Get various sets and try them out. They will all give your instrument a different sound.
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    There is no "best", only what works for you.

    In my own experience, I don't like all plain strings on a bari. I prefer sets with 2 wound/2 plain because they sound more balanced to my ear.

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    I do like all non-wound. You want the best? Here ya go:
    http://cargo.ukerepublic.com/product...carbon-strings

    And yes I had these on my LU21B when I had it.
    Ukelele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, TI CF127, G
    Kala KA-GL-Koa, G EFS O Warm/Worth B

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    Thanks to everyone who replied to my question. Jim, I took your advice and ordered the strings you suggested. A little expensive, but I thought what the heck.

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    Hey terrgy! LU-21B was my very first uke, about 15 yrs ago. It's still getting played today by my son. For the longest time, I had Aquila on it. They sound fine, are inexpensive and readily available (especially back in the day, when internet shopping was not so prevalent). Its gonna take some time for you to learn what you like in strings. As others have said, it's very personal and there really is no consensus. I vacillate between wound and unwound strings. I feel like I get bigger sound from sets w/ some wound strings but the trade off is squeak. I also like living waters in no wound strings, no sweak, sweet sound but a little quiet. Experiment a bit, strings are cheap. Cheaper than buying more ukes.

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    I would have said Aquilas, because they're pretty inexpensive and readily available. But if I had a bari, I'd try those Living Waters on it! SO let us know how you like them! I had that uke once too, liked it but have no bari right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrgy View Post
    Jim, I took your advice and ordered the strings you suggested. A little expensive, but I thought what the heck.
    I'm great at spending other people's money. Let us know how you like them.
    Ukelele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG-C Lava
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, TI CF127, G
    Kala KA-GL-Koa, G EFS O Warm/Worth B

    Jim's Blog

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    Once I tried Southcoast strings, my search is pretty well over. I still try the odd Oasis, Living Waters etc., on my ukes the SC sounds best. On my '62' Martin bari., I use nylon with wound 3&4; the fluros didn't bring out that Martin sound nylon does.

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