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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    I fixed the cracks and one or two other defects, like the end of the nut had broken off. Then I gave it to Mrs T to clean up and refurb the FP. She started off cleaning off the dirt, which turns out to be around 65 years of thick layers of nicotine contamination. Yuck !!...No wonder the old nylon strings looked like Worth Browns.
    What is Mrs T using to clean off the dirt, might it be mentholated spirts?

    Just out of historical interest I wonder what diameter nylon strings were used and how worn they are under the grime. Would it have been tuned in D or C with the original strings as fitted? I wonder how different your ‘new’ Martin sounds with nylon (which it was built for?) and today’s fluorocarbon strings too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Greenbag View Post
    What is Mrs T using to clean off the dirt, might it be mentholated spirts?

    Just out of historical interest I wonder what diameter nylon strings were used and how worn they are under the grime. Would it have been tuned in D or C with the original strings as fitted? I wonder how different your ‘new’ Martin sounds with nylon (which it was built for?) and today’s fluorocarbon strings too.
    Mentholated Spirits...Thats for blocked up noses .. I think you mean Methylated spirits it a name given to alcohol dyed with Methylene blue (same stuff you put in fish tanks) and given a nasty taste so that achoholics are put off from drinking it.....It does taste bad tho
    The strings are not badly worn, just covered in this brown muck.
    Diameters are G= .025" C= .038" E= .031 A= .022"
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    About twenty years ago, I bought some genuine Martin ukulele strings from a music shop that was closing down. They were, of course unused old stock - synthetic, not gut. They were really awful! I had several sets, and they were all as bad.

    John Colter.

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    I found a late 1920s style 1 last year. It was dark and grungy but after cleaning (and cleaning and cleaning) it's ten shades lighter. A real beauty. A very koa looking mahogany.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    Mentholated Spirits...Thats for blocked up noses .. I think you mean Methylated spirits it a name given to alcohol dyed with Methylene blue (same stuff you put in fish tanks) and given a nasty taste so that achoholics are put off from drinking it.....It does taste bad tho
    The strings are not badly worn, just covered in this brown muck.
    Diameters are G= .025" C= .038" E= .031 A= .022"
    Yes, thanks, Methylated Spirits, that’s the stuff. Maybe I’m wrong but I believe that the meth’s on sale in the U.K. is poisonous to drink (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methanol_toxicity), should you survive then it just kills your kidneys and turns you blind.

    Thanks for the string info. New nylon strings are available but not necessarily in those diameters - I suspect that the sizes fitted are the ones to aim for. With your Martin being a superior built instrument it would be interesting to know whether it works just fine with the nylon strings or is helped by the extra drive of fluorocarbon strings.

    (For the reference of anyone who’s interested the nearest I could find on diameter are Alice AU046C, off of eBay and Amazon, 26,37,31,24, white nylon).

    Edit. The above should have read (For the reference of anyone else who’s interested in the nylon strings used in the past the nearest that I could find on diameter are Alice AU046C, off of eBay and Amazon, 26,37,31,24, white nylon).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Greenbag View Post
    Yes, thanks, Methylated Spirits, that’s the stuff. Maybe I’m wrong but I believe that the meth’s on sale in the U.K. is poisonous to drink (in that it really does rot your brain).

    Thanks for the string info. New nylon strings are available but not necessarily in those diameters - I suspect that the sizes fitted are the ones to aim for. With your Martin being a superior built instrument it would be interesting to know whether it works just fine with the nylon strings or is helped by the extra drive of fluorocarbon strings.

    (For the reference of anyone who’s interested the nearest I could find on diameter are Alice AU046C, off of eBay and Amazon, 26,37,31,24, white nylon).
    It's gonna be fitted with Aquila's or Fluorocarbon, Co's thats what I have in stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    It's gonna be fitted with Aquila's or Fluorocarbon, Co's thats what I have in stock.
    That selection makes complete sense to me, I’m just trying to learn about what was used in the past. Like others I’m looking forward to hearing about how the repairs turn out and how your new Martin compares to your older one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbuck View Post
    It's gonna be fitted with Aquila's or Fluorocarbon, Co's thats what I have in stock.
    I use fluorocarbons on the rescued Martins, I just like the sound better than Aquila, but haven't tried the set of Aquila Reds yet.

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    When I got my Martin style 1, it was fitted with Aquila Nylguts. It sounded rather brash to my tender ears, so I fitted Worth Browns. Now it is much more mellifluous (lovely word!).

    John Colter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PetalumaRescuke View Post
    I use fluorocarbons on the rescued Martins, I just like the sound better than Aquila, but haven't tried the set of Aquila Reds yet.
    My 60's style-0 came with Nylguts, and I actually like the sound.

    When I change them out soon I plan on trying the Martin "premium" Polygut strings (made by Aquila) on it.
    I love the way the Polygut strings sound on all my other solid mahogany ukes.
    Ukuleles:
    1960's Martin Style-0
    LoPrinzi Concert (Redwood & Mahogany)
    Fred Shields Style-0 Replica
    Kala Elite 1MHG-S
    Ohana SK-25S
    Kala Elite 1KOA-T << Letting this one go soon. PM if interested.

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