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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Grand Rapids, MI

    Default New strings for a new Nui?


    My Pono Bari Nui arrived yesterday. Woot . .

    But . .um .. How to String it?

    For the unfamiliar, this is 23" scale, tuned Dog Bone like a bari.

    Set it came with has a single wound fourth, but nothing on Pono's website suggests what they might be.

    Thoughts? I'm willing to break up a Classical set if that's the best solution.

    I'm Quite fond of Flurocarbon
    Concert: Lanikai LU-21C (Aquila Nygut)
    Soprano: Kala KA-PWS (Southcoast Machete)
    Baritone: Kala KA-SBG (C: Southcoast LL-NW, A: TBD)
    Tenor: Kala ATP-CTG Aquila Nygut

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    JoCo, NC (near Raleigh)


    At that scale, top four of a classical nylon set ought to get you to DGBE, and that would be consistent with single wound 4th. The tension will be on the low side, so you might have to go to a high tension set.

    Flourocarbons will be a little trickier. Sets billed for baritone are going to be designed for 19-20" scale so aren't likely to work for 23" unless you're aiming for a lower tuning. But a low G tenor set might be just right. That's where I'd start.
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - Bb, SC SMU
    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-C Lava
    Jupiter #47, TI CF127, G
    Kala KA-GL-Koa, G EFS O Warm/Worth B

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Pickering, ON, Canada


    I have a large bodied 22-1/4" scale LfdM baritone and have experimented a LOT with strings. I see you are in China and I don't know if any of the mail order houses like Strings by Mail deliver to you. I usually buy single strings to formulate custom sets. Go ahead and try D'Addario Titanium baritone set, I used it on the LfdM with good results.

    For custom sets use classical wound strings around .035" diameter for D and .030" for G. For florocarbon B string diameter of .027" approx. and .024" for E string. Slightly thinner will be brighter, slightly thicker will be warmer.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2011


    I picked up a BN-30D from the marketplace a little over a year ago and it came with a couple sets of Ko'olau baritone strings in the case. the seller said he bought it new from HMS and those were the stock strings. hth

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