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    Question Thomastik or other combo strings for baritone

    Has any one tried and can recommend a string combination for baritone that preferably has Thomastik strings ? My 18 inch Ono has a Frankenstring combination that is amazing (it includes thomastik) and I was wondering what folks have tried out there for traditional baritone scale..

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    My 20.25” scale Hoffmann Baritone has the flat wound Thomastik bases recently installed. The trebles are what’s left of the previous Southcoast set. Don’t know what I will do yet when those need replacement so am very interested to hear about others experience.
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    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
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    Which gauges for those strings?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kerneltime View Post
    Which gauges for those strings?
    TE Baritone G=CF35, C=CF30. The trebles are from a heavy medium gauge Southcoast linear set (HML-WB).
    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Boat Paddle ML tenor - Red Spruce over Cocobolo
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    I believe the usual recommendation is CF35 and CF30: https://www.stringsbymail.com/classi...27-chrome-165/

    I have this set on a 19" scale guilele in Terz: G2 C3 F3 Bb3 D4 G4

    They are low to medium in this configuration so I imagine would be medium as DG on your 18" and probably high-ish on hollisdwyer's 20" DG.

    For the trebles, I suppose you could use the next two strings in the full set, but most folks opt for flouros instead of these nylons.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Kala KA-GL-Koa, G EFS, O Warm/Worth B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    I believe the usual recommendation is CF35 and CF30: https://www.stringsbymail.com/classi...27-chrome-165/

    I have this set on a 19" scale guilele in Terz: G2 C3 F3 Bb3 D4 G4

    They are low to medium in this configuration so I imagine would be medium as DG on your 18" and probably high-ish on hollisdwyer's 20" DG.

    For the trebles, I suppose you could use the next two strings in the full set, but most folks opt for flouros instead of these nylons.
    Sorry, I forgot to mention that my bari is tuned Bb. (F, Bb, D, G).
    "All worthwhile things in life should be easy to learn but hard to master"

    Boat Paddle ML tenor - Red Spruce over Cocobolo
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Baritone - Master Grade Ebony and AAA Red Spruce
    Beau Hannam Custom Tenor - Vintage Hand Rubbed Sun Burst all Tassie Blackwood
    Barron River Tenor - Satin Box Maple and Alaskan Yellow Cedar
    Hoffmann Lutherie - Concert - Angry Owl Ebony and Cedar

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    There are so many strings you can use with those Thomastik wounds. I use a number of different single strings from strings by mail. From the classical guitar section the Oasis Pyramid or Savarez. Use something around .024 for the E string and .027 for the B string. If you prefer nylon try Thomastik CN 27 and CN 31 for E and B respectively..Oasis have single nylons as does D'Addario in diameter .028 and .032 for E and B.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    This is good learning! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hollisdwyer View Post
    Sorry, I forgot to mention that my bari is tuned Bb. (F, Bb, D, G).
    Huh. You have the CF35 tuned to F3 on 20" scale? That must be incredibly high tension. I have the CF30 as F3 on 19" scale.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    KPK pineapple SLN-GCEA
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Kala KA-GL-Koa, G EFS, O Warm/Worth B

    !Flukutronic!

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    As with other sized ukes, I have found different builds work best with different strings. Some seem to respond best to high tension, some to medium and some to light tension. With that in mind, here are a few examples of how I have my baritones strung

    Stansell baritone 20" scale(DGBE) ~ likes low tension strings - Aquila wound D (22U) and G (49U) , Worth Brown baritone B and E
    Pono baritone 20" scale(DGBE) ~ likes high tension strings - Thomastik Infeld CF35/CF30, Hannabach Nylon 8152SHT/8151SHT
    Kinnard baritone 20" scale(EAC#F#) likes medium tension strings- Thomastik Infeld CF30/CF27 Savarez 542J/541J
    Ono 18" Tenor (FBbDG) - Likes light-medium tension - Thomastik Infeld CF30/CF27 Worth Brown tenor E and A strings

    have fun experimenting with different combos

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