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    Default Where do you purchase your strings?

    So we all know that the economy is exploding as we speak.
    My question is where do you buy your strings?

    For aquila strings the best site I found was elderly.com(link)

    Aquila Nylgut Soprano Uke Set (Regular Tuning)
    buy 1 for $5.00 ($5.00 ea.)
    buy 3 for $14.25 ($4.75 ea.)
    buy 5 for $22.50 ($4.50 ea.)

    It's a great deal... but shipping is like another seven bucks or so.
    anyone find a better deal? do share!
    best friends are we, my uke and me.

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    I refuse to buy Aquilas now. I just dont like the bright punchy sound. I always buy my strings straight from the UU store. Best prices on the web. (besides mgm's prices at least. although you really cant compare the two) Im happy with the sound of the Pro 'arte Daddarios. Mellow and smooth.

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    www.juststrings.com has an amazing selection, and decent prices.

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    I get my strings mostly from local retailer in my town Coconut Grove Music: http://www.coconutgrovemusic.com/

    My Aquilas from Dr. Cluck's: http://stores.ebay.com/DrClucks-Musi...sxQ3asstQQtZkm

    My latest Kala Reds, and Ko'olau Golds I got from MGM: http://stores.ebay.com/Musicguymics-...sxQ3asstQQtZkm

    But I'm always open to suggestions.
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    How are Aquila strings? I always wanted to try a set out.
    I only went through two sets of strings on my uke. And that is the generic one it came with and the D'addarios from the UU store.

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    I love Aquila strings. They are quite punchy. My ukes are both strung with them. I just love the feel of them. They seem very thick and strong, and for some reason it seems to help my strumming and picking. I will be trying some D'Addarios next though. With the Aquilas, I have to trim my fingernails almost completely off, and mainly strum with my thumb, to get the more mellow and blended strumming tone I want.

    I get my strings from a local shop. I am not the kind of person who will wait for shipping if I don't have to, haha. But if I like the D'Addarios, the UU store will be my shop from now on.

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    I buy mine from MGM. even the the exchange is abit high i still get it from him.
    I dont use aqullias i use worths clears and browns
    =]

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    buy em from MGM. worth clears. although i could probably get them from work now.
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    Here's my mental flow for buying strings:

    Are they ukulele Strings?
    No --> walk/drive to the store and pick up the guitar strings I need
    Yes --> continue to next step

    Do I need them immediately?
    No --> continue to next step
    Yes --> walk/drive to the local store

    Does MGM have them in stock?
    No --> wait for MGM to stock them and continue to next step
    Yes --> buy them from MGM

    Are you tired of waiting for MGM to stock them?
    No --> keep waiting until he stocks them
    Yes --> walk/drive to local store or give MGM a call

    Rather simple.

    And on the topic of Aquilas, I used to think they were the most amazing strings in the world when I first started using them. But now, I don't really like Aquilas any more. And if it weren't for the fact that I've already invested quite a bit of money on the sets on my ukes, I would take them off and replace them with something different from Worths to D'addario Pro Artes, or maybe even try something totally new. The problem I have with Aquilas is that they hurt my fingers faster when I play because they are stiffer and have higher tension. But the worst thing about them is that they're no good for doing bends. It takes a LOT of effort to bend on those Aquilas.

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    what are some good soprano strings?
    i was going to try out the d'addarios pro-arte but i dont think they come in soprano?
    best friends are we, my uke and me.

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