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    In another thread I mentioned how I have recently been trying the Oasis GPX Carbon classical guitar strings and have been loving them.

    Today I had another example of how great they are:

    Today my wife got a Pono Pro Classic Series 5 Mango tenor. She had asked for Oasis Warm high G on it. We were both felt the sound was not living up to the potential of the instrument. We replaced them with the Oasis GPX strings. So this is using the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd strings and then another 1st string for the high G. Huge, huge difference. So much more tone and I believe the higher tension is also a better match for this particular uke.

    I don't know for sure whether the fluorocarbon construction of the Oasis GPX is any different to the Oasis Warms but I strongly suspect it is. The gauges are certainly slightly different.

    These have become my go-to treble strings, in combination with the Thomastik CFs on the bottom. I have this combination on my LFDM and my Pro Classic baritone and am very happy with it. Better than the Thomastik Nylons on the top and the tuning is more stable too. You can buy just the Treble sets to get the unwound strings and they are also available in normal and high tension.

    I recommend trying these especially if you want a bit more guitar sound than uke sound.

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    Have you tried the Savarez 541R or 541J B/E with the Thomastik Infeld CF27/30 combo?
    I am using the 541R(normal tension) but have some 541J(hard tension) to try, as well.
    This string combo does well with my spruce/sapele tenor.
    I haven't tried the GPX carbons but I will check them out per your suggestion. =)

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    I haven't tried those. I had read a lot of reviews where classical guitarists said the GPXs were the only carbons they would use because they found all others too bright or harsh. I personally had a similar view towards carbons and until now had been staying with nylon strings as I preferred the richer tones.
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    Same string material just a larger diameter, which will yield a higher tension and warmer tone. The classicals you are using are .024/.027/.034/.024 vs the "warm" uke carbon of .023/.027/.030/.025
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    Tenor Ukes
    KoAloha KTM-00
    Pono MTD-(All Mahogany)
    Big Island BI-MO-TR-(All Spalted Mango)
    Compass Rose Style B Tenor-(All Claro Walnut)
    Boat Paddle ML style Tenor-(Red Spruce/Cocobolo)

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    Pono MHBSSC-(Spruce/Mahogany)


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    Did you go with the regular tension GPX or the high tension? I has first tried these strings a few months ago when I switched the steel strings on my Pono UL4-20 tenor guitar to flororcarbon. Even though the instrument is braced and voiced for steel strings the GPX high tension did a great job and sounded really good. I have some regular tension in the wings waiting to go on something.

    Are you still enjoying your LfdM tenor strung and tuned as a baritone?
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Dave, this is the regular tension in this case.

    Yeah still loving the LFDM as a baritone and am intending to keep it like that. I shared the info and lots of other details about it with Luis and he's very interested. I think I will make a video of me playing that vs my Pono baritone for comparison.

    Of course this doesn't negate the need for a real baritone. It's nice to be able to play that tuning on a more portable instrument but I feel much more comfortable playing on the longer scale especially up high. I'm really looking forward to that 22.25" scale and having the 16th fret at the body.

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    So Dave Hepple from Oasis confirms the material construction is the same between the uke warm strings and the GPX+ normal tension guitar strings. I'm pretty surprised at that. As an example of the testing we did, at one point my wife had the high G (0.025") tuned to A while also having the GPX+ 1st string (0.024") on the uke and she alternated between various tests of playing the same passage on either string and I was able to correctly identify each string by ear alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Did you go with the regular tension GPX or the high tension? I has first tried these strings a few months ago when I switched the steel strings on my Pono UL4-20 tenor guitar to flororcarbon. Even though the instrument is braced and voiced for steel strings the GPX high tension did a great job and sounded really good. I have some regular tension in the wings waiting to go on something
    Dave, one thing to note: On your UL4-20 I assume you're actually using the "correct" strings? In other words you're using the 1st string from the GPX high tension set for the E and the 2nd string for the B, etc.? Right now on Pono baritone (20") I'm using the 2nd string (from the regular tension GPX) for the E and the 3rd string for the B. I'm thinking for the coming 22.25" scales that I might have to go for the high tension but using the 1st and 2nd strings for the sets. I've ordered some in readiness for this. On the bottom I'm not sure whether CF30 and CF35 will still work or whether we might have to go down to CF27 and CF30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2xbass View Post
    Dave, one thing to note: On your UL4-20 I assume you're actually using the "correct" strings? In other words you're using the 1st string from the GPX high tension set for the E and the 2nd string for the B, etc.? Right now on Pono baritone (20") I'm using the 2nd string (from the regular tension GPX) for the E and the 3rd string for the B. I'm thinking for the coming 22.25" scales that I might have to go for the high tension but using the 1st and 2nd strings for the sets. I've ordered some in readiness for this. On the bottom I'm not sure whether CF30 and CF35 will still work or whether we might have to go down to CF27 and CF30.
    Yes I did use the #1 and #2 strings of the high tension set for the Pono UL 4. I am thinking of the same high tension #1 and #2 for the 22.25" baritone as well. I will have some normal tension on hand as well. The thinner diameter always gives a brighter sound and that is something I strive for with a baritone. The diameters for high tension #1 & #2 are 0.25" & 0.28", normal are. 024" & .027"
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    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    One thing to add from all of my own testing of 100s of sets of uke and classical strings...

    Thicker or higher tension strings will also allow you to use a LOWER tuning on a given scale length, and in that lower tuning still maintain intonation.

    I've found that if intonation is sharp at the 12th fret, using thicker or higher tension strings will usually lower the sharpness of the intonation, i.e., make it closer to being the perfect octave, and this is all WITHOUT any saddle or nut compensation...

    Further, on a uke with a straight, uncompensated saddle, using strings that are closer to each other in diameter seems to also maintain intonation variance as you go up the neck, i.e., if your intonation is +2 cents on all 4 strings at the 12th, when you play chords up the neck without any open strings, all of your strings will be more in tune with each other, given that you are fretting them all with equal pressure...

    I too have used the Oasis GPX normal tension strings on one classical guitar, the other has the Aquila RUBINO REDS for trebles, both with the Thomastik CF45, CF35 and CF30 'basses' and these are my go-to now for a classical guitar and I use the Thomastik strings wherever I might use a wound string on a uke or uke-like instrument, and been doing so for a few yrs now...

    On my ukes, I have several with the Oasis BRIGHT High-G set and prefer both the tone and the tension to the WARM set, on all scale lengths where I have them installed.

    Sorry to digress, but I thought some of this info might be helpful to you guys and any one else that might come to this thread later on...
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