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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    I bought all kinds of shapes and sizes of a shiny-grey hematite-looking beads that they had at Michaels. I think they are glass or ceramic. Some are 3mm spheres, some 2mm spheres and others are 1.5mm thick and 3mm square flat beads, and others yet are flattish elliptical and 3mm or 5mm diameter and a few are 3mm cubes. All the same color.

    Some have smaller holes thru than others. I've used different beads from this collection for everything from 0.0185" fluoro (Worth CL "A" string) up to 0.065" sliver-plated copper wound over nylon classical guitar strings to give you the range of the hole sizes.

    I will try to put up some photos, but just taking the pictures would be a kind of big project and may not get to the photos for a couple of days....
    Thanks so much for this info, Booli!
    Margaret, classical guitarist gone uke crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by twokatmew View Post
    Thanks so much for this info, Booli!
    No problem.

    I forgot to mention that my Cordoba Mini has a pin-bridge, and for that I've used the smaller 1.5mm (I think?) beads to make them more like typical ball-end strings. The Mini originally came with the normal brass barrels (like that would be inside the twisted ends of an electric guitar string) on the strings that were already installed, but I lost 1-2 of them on the first string change, and my slight OCD would not let me have some strings with the barrels and others with beads, so I had to change all of them to the beads, LOL.

    It's kind of funny to me because nobody would ever see them or know they were there, but it would be nagging at me and keep me up at night. Funny how stress and chaos has given me the gift of slight OCD about certain things, in needing to have SOME feeling of control in my life, and this instance of having all the string ends at the bridge be all matchy-matchy makes me feel better.

    Sure I could use ball-end classical guitar strings, which I've seen from Fender, Martin, D'Addario and La Bella, and a few others but none of the sets are the gauges and materials I'd want to use for Terz tuning on a 21" scale, and they only offer those same gauges as singles for replacements to the sets, so use other strings (Thomastik CF128), and I knot the strings and put the beads on for good measure.

    However the Thomastik CF-45 'E' string does not like being in a tight overhand knot, and I found that a loose figure-eight knot does not crease/kink the chrome over-wrap and the use of a wide bead (that still fits into the pin-hole on the bridge of the Mini) acts as a nice stopper without forcing the knot to be cinched down, which breaks the over-wrap and will compromise the integrity of the string, and it will fail and pull through - happened to me one time with other knots that were not figure-eight knots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    No problem.

    I forgot to mention that my Cordoba Mini has a pin-bridge, and for that I've used the smaller 1.5mm (I think?) beads to make them more like typical ball-end strings. The Mini originally came with the normal brass barrels (like that would be inside the twisted ends of an electric guitar string) on the strings that were already installed, but I lost 1-2 of them on the first string change, and my slight OCD would not let me have some strings with the barrels and others with beads, so I had to change all of them to the beads, LOL.

    It's kind of funny to me because nobody would ever see them or know they were there, but it would be nagging at me and keep me up at night. Funny how stress and chaos has given me the gift of slight OCD about certain things, in needing to have SOME feeling of control in my life, and this instance of having all the string ends at the bridge be all matchy-matchy makes me feel better.
    I'm with you, Booli. Great minds think alike. I'm exactly the same way.
    Margaret, classical guitarist gone uke crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by twokatmew View Post
    I'm with you, Booli. Great minds think alike. I'm exactly the same way.
    I dont know the smiley or emoticon for sending hugs, but I am sending hugs right now.
    This FAQ link will help you learn about:
    - Magic Fluke Company ukes
    - Pickups, Preamps and Impedance Mismatch
    - Home Recording and Mics
    - String Upgrades
    - iPad Microphones
    - Wolfelele Uke Kit
    - How to string a Baritone uke as a piccolo bass
    - Strings I used for GDAE and CGDA fifths tunings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    I dont know the smiley or emoticon for sending hugs, but I am sending hugs right now.
    I don't know the hug emoticon either, but right back at ya!
    Margaret, classical guitarist gone uke crazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I recently read an article explaining that the glued-on bridge is a safety feature. If the uke is dropped or banged, the bridge can pop off, rather than having a more important part get broken by the spring tension.
    Jerry, would you mind sharing where you saw this? I'm really curious where it appeared and who wrote it. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    I bought all kinds of shapes and sizes of a shiny-grey hematite-looking beads that they had at Michaels. I think they are glass or ceramic. Some are 3mm spheres, some 2mm spheres and others are 1.5mm thick and 3mm square flat beads, and others yet are flattish elliptical and 3mm or 5mm diameter and a few are 3mm cubes. All the same color.

    Some have smaller holes thru than others. I've used different beads from this collection for everything from 0.0185" fluoro (Worth CL "A" string) up to 0.065" sliver-plated copper wound over nylon classical guitar strings to give you the range of the hole sizes.

    I will try to put up some photos, but just taking the pictures would be a kind of big project and may not get to the photos for a couple of days....
    Thanks! I have several sizes of the hematite beads...if i can just find them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twokatmew View Post
    I don't know the hug emoticon either, but right back at ya!
    Something like this, I think. ((((Hugs))))
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    Back on topic

    Having had had strings, especially G & A strings pop out of a slotted bridge, I now tie little beads into all my strings except C and low G on slotted bridge ukes. So far, I've tied my strings on with tie bridge ukes but I find it a faff to do so next time I'm going with beads on the end of the strings for tie bridge ukes. I don't have any pin or through bridge ukes.
    Geoff Walker

    I have several ukuleles in various sizes and am not planning on getting any more...

    at least, not yet.

    I also play some blowy things and a squeezy thing

    Internet:
    You Tube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/TootlinGeoff
    Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/tootlingeoff

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    Try GOOGLING "Bridge beads ukulele". Lots of stuff. I use them on my through-bridge MB. Works better than the knots I was using and spreads the pressure.

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