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    Default Looking for new stings and would like some opinions. (thickness / feel)

    Hi everyone,

    I have a Kala KAS Concert ukulele, nothing special but for now its what I got. Stock Aquila nygut strings. I have been playing for almost 2 years and never changed the string. They still hold their tone quite well.

    The reason I am looking to try something new is more out of curiosity more then an actual need to replace them. One thing I have always felt is that my nygut strings are thick, a bit hard to press, and have a kind of "muddy" (not crisp) sound at times.

    So i am hoping with the experience of others i can be advised on some different strings to try.

    What I am looking for:
    - crisp sound, not too deep/full, but not muted or soft.
    - thinner diameter / soft to touch?! is that a thing
    - should have a good feel to them

    Is there a string out there that fits what I am looking for?

    Thanks in advanced,

    Philip

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    Sounds like Aquila reds would be a great place to start. I think they have one of the best/softest feels of any string I've played and they have a nice light/bright chime to them.

    Also, I'd highly recommend reading the southcoast strings guide http://www.southcoastukes.com/stringuide.htm, they should give you the tools to understand the implications of string choice.
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    thanks for the feedback. Another trait i forgot to mention was concerning the "sticky" feel i got from using the Aquila nyguts. I don't know if they all have the sticky kind of feel to them but I would like to avoid it if possible.

    I will likely buy 2 sets to try, both of which will be chosen based on feedback I get from this post. I will most definitely consider the reds.

    Would you say that they are a fair bit thinner than the nygut? how do they feel?

    Anoything string I have been looking into is the D'Addario T2 EJ87C, any thoughts?
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    I think you'll get a bunch of different opinions, so you may need to try a few.

    My favourite strings fit most of your requirements. Enya E31s:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Enya-E6-E31-...-/291965047520

    Don't be put off by the low price; these are quality PVDF strings used on high end Enya (nothing to do with the singer) ukuleles. Crisp and clear but not harsh, thinner than Aquila Nylguts. Tension/softness you'd have to test, but they feel easy and silky to me where I find some flourocarbon strings a bit sticky.

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    i looked into aquila red for a bit to find a large number of people complaining about broken string after a short period of use. I think I will steer clear of these for now considering how many other options are out there.

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    I'm a fan of fluorocarbon strings. Martin M600 (sop/con) M620 (tenor) are a good set to start with. The last well, hold tune once settled, and intonate well. Other good flourocarbon choices include Oasis GPX and Worth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PereBourik View Post
    I'm a fan of fluorocarbon strings. Martin M600 (sop/con) M620 (tenor) are a good set to start with. The last well, hold tune once settled, and intonate well. Other good flourocarbon choices include Oasis GPX and Worth.
    I've had excellent results with both the Martin strings and Worth Browns.
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    Philip, I'll throw in my vote for the Martin M600's. I've had very good luck with them, and I think they just may fit what you're looking for. -Bill

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    I have had reds on four ukulele, two currently without a problem. I think there was a problem when they first came out but I ordered mine from the factory hoping to get new stock. It worked, and Aquila were a pleasure to deal with.

    My other choice is Fremont Blackline which would seem to meet your requirements. They come in two tensions though: medium and hard. Make sure you get mediums if you buy those.

    I have no idea where in the world you are, but I buy my strings by mail from Elderly Instruments or Hawaii Music Supply. There are others I haven't tried, but both of those are good to deal with. HMS are slightly more expensive for postage but delivery is a lot faster. There is usually a minimum price for postage so i buy several sets at once to lower the cost per set.

    The Southcoast website can be a bit intimidating at first, but if you persevere it is very informative. As has already been mentioned they may have stringsets of interest to you.

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    As a player who doesn't like the Super Nylgut, I would also suggest the Martin 600 strings for your concert. Then you'll know if you like flurocarbon or if you need another solution.

    You can later try more expensive flurocarbon strings if you feel the need to keep searching, but I am pretty happy with the Martins on most of my instruments.

    Some people are using Seagur flurocarbon fishing line with their ukuleles.
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