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    I've used a D'Addario silver wound .029" on a Kala concert, and it was fine, though I might prefer a .028" on that scale. On a Kala tenor, I've used the same D'Addario NYL029 and NYL024 for G and C respectively. I like to go a bit lighter on ukes. Similarly I use NYL033 and NYL028 for a Kala bari D and G. I don't mind stiffer bass strings on a guitar, but I do on ukes.

    I know lots of people love TI flatwound strings, and I've tried to like them. But I find them too dull and thuddy sounding. I guess I just prefer a brighter sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twokatmew View Post
    .........I know lots of people love TI flatwound strings, and I've tried to like them. But I find them too dull and thuddy sounding. I guess I just prefer a brighter sound.
    Yes, fair to say that the flat wounds are not as bright as say Fremonts or the wound G’s and C’s that come with the Southcoast sets but they feel great. Also, when I’m out playing with my group, I am always amplified and running through a pedal board which includes a LR Baggs Session DI Acoustic Pre-amplifier that gives me a lot of sound sweetening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ubulele View Post
    <sigh> Don't say I didn't warn you. The tension with a CF27 will be decidedly lower.
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    Seems like wound strings are by far the favorite, and I agree, but the ukulele I'm currently experimenting with sounded horrible with a wound string. Guess I just need to experiment,

    I'm sure the issues are with the ukulele itself, since it arrived with a cracked bridge, a hole in the bridge, & a dealer unwilling to do right for this "new" ukulele. I learned that a warranty is useless unless the dealer cooperates in the process. So, a local repair place has patched it up, but it's quirkiness is probably due to its rough start.

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    The freemont non-wound is very floppy. I had trouble with it buzzing.
    Ive been pretty happy with the TI's though. They are not as boomy as the others, and if you do wound 3rd and 4th, they blend pretty well with FC's. I wish more makers would make a good wound third for blending. Having just the 4th wound... really sticks out.

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    I not only use the Thomastik Infeld CF30 as my Low G on tenors, but I also use the TI CF27 for the C. Love 'em!! If you haven't tried TI, you haven't really tried wound.

    I pair them with two Oasis strings for the A and E. (I also use them on a six-string tenor, with the CF30 for the Low A; there they are paired with Worth browns.)
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    one more thing I thought i'd mention... With an unwound low G, the string is thick... and I've had intonation problems. Besides refiling the nut so the string fits down right, I had to compensate the saddle to help with the intonation. That was true for both fc and nylon.

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