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Thread: Aquila Sugar strings? And now testing better version... what to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    Just wanted to let you know that all of your wok is noticed and appreciated!
    +1
    I appreciate the personal touch with great accessibility..
    not relevant here but the baritone GCEA on my super tenor 18 by Ono are a great fit.
    i was struggling with getting string tension even and on the lower side for a high G C tuning..

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    Thank you for the testing offer, but I will have to decline as all my ukes are perfectly strung at the moment. For my 6-string Kamaka I just installed the Aquila 17U set and I just love how the red string blends in perfectly. For my upcoming luthier built concert uke I have asked the Aquila 31U set to be installed, and I am disappointed that for the fifths tuning it is only available with wound and not with red strings. The low G sets would be better if they had a red instead of wound strings for improved tonal balance.

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    merlin666, you are right.
    let me come back from this trip and I will work on the fifths tuning making it all unwound
    Mimmo

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    Dear Mimmo, Your research is appreciated. And I love unwound, and your reds (the improved batch) work a treat on my Baritone. However there is a problem, in that the dealers end up with batches that are old, and maybe have not sold. To the members on the forum, who want to buy, they do not know which batches are improved, nor do they know which batches the dealers are selling (it could be old it could be new). Is there an exchange programme between manufacturer and Dealers. For example, "send me your old strings, and we'll replace them with the same but upgraded ones.

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    This is a big problem, fromthee2me. We always replace the old version with the new one and same with our owwn stock but this happens with our big distributors such as Kala, Warwich, Cordoba, Sutherland etc. But then they distribuite our strings to their minor distributors and then these one to stores. It is not posssible to control all these things. However on the label there is a white sticker with the date: we normally inform when the new upgraded version is made. So the buyer can check directly. Fortunately most of people are not in Ukulele undeground and are just begginners so they a big help to finish the old stock in fast way.
    By the way: I have done the test with a soprano in fifths and unwound low g: it work very well. One can replace the wound string with a single soprano low G (based on Sugar since 1 year)

    Mimmo
    Last edited by mimmo; 02-22-2019 at 12:27 AM.

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    Thank you for your reply Mimmo.

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    Perhaps a sticker of some sort on the packaging to indicate that it is new.

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    email sent. Actually I sent 2 because I forgot to include my phone number in the first one. Sorry about that

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    Any feedback on how folks are getting on with the new Sugars?

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    I just got mine Friday evening, but didn't have time to string them up until mid-day yesterday. I don't want to say too much until I have spent some more time with them, but I will share a few initial thoughts.

    They still have that same incredible look that the original Sugar's did; they look like liquid glass. Tuning-wise, they settle in pretty quickly. With some strings you have to re-tune mid-song for days but these were holding tuning pretty well after about an hour or two. They are still settling in so you would have to re-tune if you waited long enough but it wasn't like they were flatting in between playing two different measures of a song. They still have excellent balance, sustain, and volume.

    They do still squeak. I know I can reduce it with some hand lotion, but I am trying to avoid that. I want to see what the experience would be like if no one had told me about that fix and see how the squeak diminishes on its own.

    And like I said, I want to send some more time with them. I've heard that they actually sound better overall after a few days settling into proper tension and it has only be a little less than 24 hours at this point.

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