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    Default A Fluorocarbon is a Fluorocarbon is a Fluorocarbon...

    I need help from all the techies and luthiers on the Forum. After reading up on fluorocarbon, is there any difference in a 0.030 fluorocarbon string, whomever the manufacturer? Put another way, all things being equal, will a set of ABC's fluorocarbon strings on a particular ukulele sound the same as XYZ's fluorocarbon strings? I've tried to research this and couldn't find an answer. The only differences I could find were the color, and I don't see that effecting the sound.
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    My experience say NO......I can't back it with proof but I find different manufacturers Flurocarbon to sound different on same Uke. I would think it's the formula but also the thickness. Thinner is brighter.

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    No a florcarbon is not a florocarbon is not a florocarbon. Florocarbon is the base element but different binders and fillers are used depending on the manufacture. Different florocarbon strings sound different, some a little some a lot. Depends which strings you are comparing against each other

    That being said a Martin and a Worth and an Oasis are so close to each other you could install the .030" string from any of them and be ok.
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 06-19-2017 at 04:06 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    That being said a Martin and a Worth and an Oasis are so close to each other you could install the .030" string from any of them and be ok.
    I disagree...I replaced the Martins on my C1K with Worth clears and immediately switched back to Martins, they just sounded better! But, I like Worth browns on other instruments. Living Water are my fav' on my Kanile'a, tried Martins and browns...
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    Fluorocarbon is a class of chemical compounds. The actual chemical composition can vary, so all strings of a given diameter aren't necessarily the same composition or density. In my experience, there are differences in sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    I disagree...I replaced the Martins on my C1K with Worth clears and immediately switched back to Martins, they just sounded better!
    I had the same experience on my Kamaka, with both Worth Clears and Oasis (both bright and warm). The Worths just sounded dull, and while the Oasis bright sounded pretty good, the Oasis warm sounded terrible, and both Oasis strings felt very sticky to the touch, very resistant to quick movement. Martins all the way for me!

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    I think DownUpDave is talking about swapping individual strings of the same gauge while other people are talking about the difference between complete sets.

    Edit: I would suggest that it's worth bearing in mind that not everyone who sells fluorocarbons strings actually makes fluorocarbon strings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jollyboy View Post
    I think DownUpDave is talking about swapping individual strings of the same gauge while other people are talking about the difference between complete sets.
    That is exactly what I was referring to as I had mentioned swapping out the one .030".
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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    I disagree...I replaced the Martins on my C1K with Worth clears and immediately switched back to Martins, they just sounded better! But, I like Worth browns on other instruments. Living Water are my fav' on my Kanile'a, tried Martins and browns...
    I DID say they were different in sound in the first part of my post. I was referring to swapping out just one string because the OP mentioned just ONE string
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    I have been using 2 flatwound bass strings on my baritone and tenor ukes, which are tuned in fifths (the latter of which came with fluoro trebles). I've never been happy with having wound 3rd strings on either instrument, because when I play upstrokes on them, my index finger makes a bothersome harsh noise as the windings meet my fingerprint whorls, a sound which is absent when the same digit encounters a non-wound string. Since I play the 4th stings with my much fleshier thumb, that's a non issue there. But ever since watching Vic's review of the Living Water baritone low D set, I've been obsessed with using a "low D" fluorocarbon string - for my 3rd string, in this case, and possibly also for the 4th string on my tenor (tuned C below middle C). It sounded like just the answer for my particular baritone woe, but due to my unorthodox tuning, I didn't want to spring for entire string sets, knowing some of them would be wasted. I then couldn't help but notice that Seaguar makes a Premier 130lb leader of the same specs as that LW string, so I took a gamble and bought 25 yards of it. Installed it for the first time on the baritone, and just wow - I'm so happy with the result! No more finger noise, just a pure tone, and it blends well with the Thomastik .045 4th string. Success! I will try the Seaguar for the tenor 4th soon, and if I like it there, I'll want to get something in suitable gauge fluoro to replace the 3rd as well. But now I'm more than stocked for life on low baritone D strings, and possibly on C strings for my tenor, also. I don't mind the cost, as I've spent way more for viola strings...

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