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    How would you tune a tenor to Bb tuning and does it have to be re-entrant or can it be linear, I prefer linear? I have no idea what gauge strings to use for Bb tuning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulelerick9255 View Post
    How would you tune a tenor to Bb tuning and does it have to be re-entrant or can it be linear, I prefer linear? I have no idea what gauge strings to use for Bb tuning.
    You can use same strings.

    Be aware though that you will have less tension and possible intonation going a hair sharp, with also lower volume but MORE sustain because of less tension.

    Notes are 2 semitones lower than G-C-E-A, i.e. F-Bb-D-G

    Can be either linear or re-entrant, up to you.

    I have my koa tenor Fluke even lower than that in E-A-C#-F#, re-entrant with Martin M620 strings and it sounds great to me, is easy to play, but the main reason is that the A6 tuning fits my vocal range. And no , I do NOT bother to transpose, I play the original C6 chord shapes and just hammer along, since this is only for me when I play/sing at home.

    Hope this helps.
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    South coast strings has some interesting reading, and string sets.

    http://southcoastukes.com/quickguide.htm
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    Most tenor sets are too high tension for my liking anyway so dropping to Bb is perfect. As maki66 says if that doesn't work for you, Southcoast has options to try different tensions
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    -Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
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    Don't be afraid to try other tunings too. I like B tuning on my tenor, which is only a half step down. Many ukes have an optimum resonance somewhere, mine is in B tuning. It also suits my voice better, and going to B flat just sounds too low for my ear, at least on this uke.

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    I used to have a ukulele tuned to Bb. I used the same strings and it was an improvement over C tuning. It is an issue if you play with others as transposing, especially on the fly is too nerve racking... at least for me.

    It does work well if you play alone.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    I used to have a ukulele tuned to Bb. I used the same strings and it was an improvement over C tuning. It is an issue if you play with others as transposing, especially on the fly is too nerve racking... at least for me.

    It does work well if you play alone.

    John
    Or, use a capo of fret 2 and you are back

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