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    Default Cheapest decent Uke strings

    Im volunteering at a local kids Ukulele program. and am restringing all the uses and doing minor repairs. What are my options as far as decent cheap Uke strings Sopranos, Concerts and Tenor sized. Please keep in mind this isnt a thread about cheap strings suck. lol. Anyhoot Im looking buy in bulk. thanks

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    Fishng line
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    Yeah, buy Seaguar (blue or red) or Extreme fishing line leaders. Reels of 20 or 50 yards. Try the break strengths 40-80-60-30 for g-c-e-a. You will need to part with a good sum for those four reels but youíll be set for ages.

    Edit: the guages will work for all three sizes you mention, but if youíre faffing about with low g buy a reel of 100 too if you can find it. Then I suppose you could make up a set for thicker / higher tension reentrant with 60-100-80-40. But those would be rather stiff.
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    You might contact Mimo at Aquila. I get 20 sets bulk packed of the colored kids strings.
    With shipping from Italy the cost is about 4.50 a set.
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    Oasis are double sets for $6.30 from ElderlyInstruments,. That’s $3.15 a set. And they are good strings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc_J View Post
    Oasis are double sets for $6.30 from ElderlyInstruments,. That’s $3.15 a set. And they are good strings.
    I was going to say the same thing. Plus the package states they are suited to all three sizes. I have done this and can confirm it to be true
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    I tend to use nylon fishing line. The same recipies apply to monofilament flourocarbon leader line though the higher cross sectional density of flourocarbon gives it a slightly different sound. My recipies for standard gCEA tunings are:

    For tenor length 400mm+ or thereabouts 17 inches in the old money

    50 80 60 40 lb fishing line

    For concert/soprano 360 mm or thereabouts

    60 100 80 50 lb fishing line

    Substitute wound guitar D string or mandolin G string for low G

    For sopranino 270mm or thereabouts with dGBE octave(s) above guitar tuning

    40 60 50 30

    Substitute 80 or 100 lb line for low D

    I paid $3.80 for a spool of Jarvis Walker bulk economy line at Big W about 4 years ago. They had similar line at Kmart for similar prices from other makers. For some time the local stores (far from the ocean) were only stocking 60lb and lighter but I went in and checked in passing and the only missing poundage in the list was 60lb.
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    Seaguar fishing line. A lot of people swear by it. I've heard it on one of my friends' ukes and it sounded great. You can search Youtube for Seaguar ukulele strings for more info.
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    Yes, I suppose nylon would do for the intended purpose. Can’t argue with a price like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Titchtheclown View Post
    I tend to use nylon fishing line. The same recipies apply to monofilament flourocarbon leader line though the higher cross sectional density of flourocarbon gives it a slightly different sound. My recipies for standard gCEA tunings are:

    For tenor length 400mm+ or thereabouts 17 inches in the old money

    50 80 60 40 lb fishing line

    For concert/soprano 360 mm or thereabouts

    60 100 80 50 lb fishing line

    Substitute wound guitar D string or mandolin G string for low G

    For sopranino 270mm or thereabouts with dGBE octave(s) above guitar tuning

    40 60 50 30

    Substitute 80 or 100 lb line for low D

    I paid $3.80 for a spool of Jarvis Walker bulk economy line at Big W about 4 years ago. They had similar line at Kmart for similar prices from other makers. For some time the local stores (far from the ocean) were only stocking 60lb and lighter but I went in and checked in passing and the only missing poundage in the list was 60lb.
    Due to their mixed reputation and minimal difference in packaged cost (to fluorocarbon) I donít use nylon strings. However I can see the economics of this (bulk) way of doing things but what puzzles me is what the down side really is? Lots of folk talk about the pluses of fluorocarbon line and of buying it in bulk as fishing line, but reels of fluorocarbon line arenít cheap. Whatís the down sides to nylon?

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