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    You like mellow and you don't like how thin florocarbon strings are...........obvious choice is nylon. Nylon is thicker in diameter and warmer then florocarbon. Nylon has fallen out of favor with uke players but Classical guitar players still love them and they have much higher standards then uke players. Good quality nylon strings like D'Addarrio sound wonderful, warm, clear and articulate. Jake Shimaburkuro uses D'Addario Nylon strings ONLY. The disadvantages can be not as much sustain, less perceived volume, bright sounds louder to humans and limited choices compared to florocarbon.

    At one time I snubbed my nose at nylon......until I actually tried them and on some instruments they do sound best. Be open minded and try different types until YOU find what YOU like
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    My mahogany concert is wearing Martin M600s at the moment. If you are looking for bright and crisp, this is the best choice, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonCurt View Post
    I second the newer Martin Premium "Polygut" strings (by Aquila).
    I prefer a mellower sound with low tension also, I've liked them on everything I've played them on.
    I like these on my Kiwaya mahogany concert. They are similar to the now-discontinued Carbon Blacks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    You like mellow and you don't like how thin florocarbon strings are...........obvious choice is nylon. Nylon is thicker in diameter and warmer then florocarbon. Nylon has fallen out of favor with uke players but Classical guitar players still love them and they have much higher standards then uke players. Good quality nylon strings like D'Addarrio sound wonderful, warm, clear and articulate. Jake Shimaburkuro uses D'Addario Nylon strings ONLY. The disadvantages can be not as much sustain, less perceived volume, bright sounds louder to humans and limited choices compared to florocarbon.

    At one time I snubbed my nose at nylon......until I actually tried them and on some instruments they do sound best. Be open minded and try different types until YOU find what YOU like
    You are the first person to suggest nylon. I have been thinking hard about using them. It’s funny fluoro became all the rage yet the worlds most renowned player uses nylon. That speaks volumes. Granted it’s all about personal taste. Maybe I’ve been leaning toward nylon in my head because I’ve played classical guitar on and off and love the feel and sound of nylon. Yet I’m relatively new to the ukulele and have felt like i “should” use fluoros because that’s what’s in so to speak. I know Kamaka makes black nylon and D’Addario like you said makes them. I wonder how their gauges compare?

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    I think it is important to make a decision based on the sound and feel you want/like, what fits your instrument/ taste/playing style

    Too often we get caught up in the idea that everyone likes x, or player y likes z and then we end up with something we don't like. Experimentation is probably the key and luckily strings are relatively cheap. As I sometimes have to remind myself, the goal should be to make music and have fun. There are so many choices out there that it is easy to get caught up in the equipment dilemma. I suppose years ago people used whatever they found at the local shop and just played.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Astein2006 View Post
    You are the first person to suggest nylon. I have been thinking hard about using them. It’s funny fluoro became all the rage yet the worlds most renowned player uses nylon. That speaks volumes. Granted it’s all about personal taste. Maybe I’ve been leaning toward nylon in my head because I’ve played classical guitar on and off and love the feel and sound of nylon. Yet I’m relatively new to the ukulele and have felt like i “should” use fluoros because that’s what’s in so to speak. I know Kamaka makes black nylon and D’Addario like you said makes them. I wonder how their gauges compare?
    If you want a fat, mellow, classic sound, nylon and mahogany is a good way to go. I have a 'hog soprano fitted up with D'Addario Nyltechs and that uke is my goto for jazz era rhythmic tunes. If you are already into nylon, don't hesitate--string it up. Ukulele strings are ~$10 a set. If you don't like 'em, it's a few minutes to switcheroo and you can be breaking in a new set.

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    I just checked Strings by Mail website and they have nylon strings by D'Addario, Dogal, Hannabach, GHS and LaBella. These are all big names in classical guitar strings so will be of the highest quality. At approx. $8.00 a set or less strings are a cheap experiment that pays huge dividends.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    I have Aquila 5ths(CGDA) on my Luna concert. I really like playing in 5ths, especially finger style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astein2006 View Post
    What order from brightest to mellow would you say the strings are? I lean more towards mellow than bright as far as preference.
    It's hard to say how much of the difference is because of the strings on three concerts by different makers - but - the black strings on my Kiwaya KTC1 are the most mellow - the Nylguts on my Kolohe are brighter - and the Martin Fluoros on my Cahaya are the brightest of all.

    They are all solid mahogany. However, it's likely they're all African Mahogany if that makes any difference to you.
    Bruko No. 6 soprano
    Kiwaya KTS-4 soprano
    Mainland Mahogany Classic soprano
    Mainland Red Cedar soprano
    Ohana SK-28 soprano
    Cahaya CY-0112 concert
    Kiwaya KTC-1 concert
    Musicguymic's "Kolohe" brand - prototype concert
    Cordoba 24T tenor
    Kanilea Islander MST-4 tenor
    Cordoba 24B baritone

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    Quote Originally Posted by MopMan View Post
    If you want a fat, mellow, classic sound, nylon and mahogany is a good way to go. I have a 'hog soprano fitted up with D'Addario Nyltechs and that uke is my goto for jazz era rhythmic tunes. If you are already into nylon, don't hesitate--string it up. Ukulele strings are ~$10 a set. If you don't like 'em, it's a few minutes to switcheroo and you can be breaking in a new set.
    The D'addario Nyltechs. Those are essentially similar to Aquila Nylgut? How close to a nylon sound are they on your Hog soprano? They dont necessarily have to be nylon but they are in the lead. If i can get a nice fat sound from the Nyltechs I'd certainly put that at the top of the try list.

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