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    I bought my first concert from Kevin and like Jim I'm too lazy to change the strings. I loved the tone from Cocobolo so much that I just ordered a tenor. My concert with the stock Aquila's sound rich and full.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steel rider View Post
    Stock as in the fishing line? Those are an interesting solution. Curious about that.
    Pretty sure mine are Aquila as others have said.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, LW dGBEA
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, E cuatro TI/Oasis

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    Quote Originally Posted by WCBarnes View Post
    I put Southcoasts on both of mine. I thought the Aquilas that came on them did not drive the dense cocobolo top enough and it sounded dead. Changing to fluorocarbons made a huge difference! I would start with your "preferred" strings and go from there.
    I agree. I swapped out the Aquilas with fluorocarbon Oasis Brights with a wound low G. When my Cocobolo Super Soprano arrived, the sound was disappointing. I had played a couple Cocobolos strung with clear fluorocarbon that sounded great so I knew there was hope. The new strings brought it to life.
    Last edited by Lillymo; 06-18-2017 at 09:04 PM.

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    Worth Brown Fluorocarbon Strings, didn't like Aquila's sound on my Tenor Cocobolo.
    "Sometimes I can't think of a better day to end my day than coming home and just strumming my Ukulele for a few minutes."

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    Imua IS Soprano: GCEA
    Kamaka Gold Label: GCEA
    Cocobolo Ukulele Tenor #123: GCEA
    Kala Ka-Asac-T8: GCEA
    Ohana Concert CK-250G: GCEA
    Ohana SK-38 Vintage Martin: GCEA
    Ohana SK-28 Vintage Nunes Style: GCEA
    Ohana SK-21A: ADF#B
    Ohana SK-08 Sopranissimo: ADF#B
    Oscar Schmidt Spalted Mango Soprano OU-17: GCEA
    Oscar Schmidt laminated Koa Concert OU-5E: GCEA
    Kahua KA-21 Soprano Laminated Mahogany: ADF#B
    Outdoor Ukulele (Brown Bottle) Soprano: ADF#B

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    Aquila Lavas. I'm beating them to death, I think I'll try some Worth Browns and see how I like the tone. Or maybe Reds. The other Aquilas are so thick.....
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    Are you guys going with a low or high G ? I just won a lottery to buy Tenor #169 and I'm trying to decide between low or high G.
    Kevin said for the low G "We would need to widen the channel in the nut a little bit so that the wider string fits well. You can always switch back to a high g later as well. Sometimes the wider channel can create a buzz when you switch back to a high g, but most of the time it works fine."

    I also have a KoAloha and that has a low G which took a bit to get used to but now I like it but it doesn't always have that bright uke sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banditcosmo View Post
    Are you guys going with a low or high G ? I just won a lottery to buy Tenor #169 and I'm trying to decide between low or high G...I also have a KoAloha and that has a low G
    I'd say go high G then on the Coco. I'd also say go down to Bb tuning but if you're after a bright option maybe stick with gCEA or even try D tuning.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, LW dGBEA
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, E cuatro TI/Oasis

    !Flukutronic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    I'd say go high G then on the Coco. I'd also say go down to Bb tuning but if you're after a bright option maybe stick with gCEA or even try D tuning.
    I have a cedar-topped Coco tenor coming and LOVE the idea of re-entrant Bb, since I already have a low G in my Kala.

    As for my Coco pineapple (hey that sounds like a dessert!), I have Worth Browns on it right now and like them a lot.
    Cocobolo Pineapple #1
    Ohana Sopranissimo
    Maccaferri Islander
    Harmony Soprano
    D. Heilman ULO #7 Concert
    Mainland Cedar Baritone
    Kala Elite Custom Lebanese Cedar Tenor
    Kanilea K-1 SC
    Bonanza Retro Mint Pear Tenor
    Druid Moon Koa Tenor
    Primrose Cedar/Maple Soprano
    Flea Lava Soprano

    Cocobolo Cedar Top Tenor
    1933 Martin 1K Soprano

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    Cedar tenor just has to be good with Bb, maybe even A tuning, or even G.

    Looking back at this thread, I did put the reentrant D tuning with Southcoast strings on my 16" super concert but I've been meaning to take it back to C tuning. It doesn't sound bad in D but did lose some of the warmth of the stock C strings.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    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, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, LW dGBEA
    Southern Cross concert GCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, B reentrant
    Jupiter #71, E cuatro TI/Oasis

    !Flukutronic!

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    I installed Worth Browns on my cedar-topped tenor last night. Such an improvement over the stock Nylguts. I did not hate them, but I did not love them, either. So I tried to at least LIKE them, but it just wasn't working.

    Ah, the Worth Browns! Love the feel, love the sound, love the look. I haven't tried Bb yet, Jim. Perhaps now is the time!
    Last edited by OhioBelle; 05-27-2017 at 04:37 PM.
    Cocobolo Pineapple #1
    Ohana Sopranissimo
    Maccaferri Islander
    Harmony Soprano
    D. Heilman ULO #7 Concert
    Mainland Cedar Baritone
    Kala Elite Custom Lebanese Cedar Tenor
    Kanilea K-1 SC
    Bonanza Retro Mint Pear Tenor
    Druid Moon Koa Tenor
    Primrose Cedar/Maple Soprano
    Flea Lava Soprano

    Cocobolo Cedar Top Tenor
    1933 Martin 1K Soprano

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