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    I just orders the Super Nylgut Aquila strings. Low G tenor. Going to put them on my roosebeck baroque a lele. Any comments on the strings. Probably should have asked before buying but too late for that.
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    What did you have on before? That's a pretty divisive string selection. Some people love them, others detest them. I wouldn't worry too much if you get some negative responses as you may fall in the the other camp.
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    I have worth browns in high G. I won't stay in tune for anything. Not sure it it is the strings or the tuners, or the stringer. I think it was Burt Ukulele demonstrated one and commented positively on the nylgut strings. I saw super infront of it and thought that was the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plunker View Post
    I have worth browns in high G. I won't stay in tune for anything. Not sure it it is the strings or the tuners, or the stringer. I think it was Burt Ukulele demonstrated one and commented positively on the nylgut strings. I saw super infront of it and thought that was the way to go.
    Nylguts will be quite a noticeable change in tone. I can't tell from the photo, but it looks like you might have friction tuners? That would be something to check. Have you had other strings on it without issues?

    I had some Aquila Reds once and the E string never settled in and the intonation was off too.
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    They are friction tuners. Can I tighten the screw on the bottom of them and increase the friction.

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    I have the super nylguts on my tenor, paired with a red low G. I like them a lot and had no need for change in about five years of playing them for several hours each week. Nylgut strings are fairly thick, so facilitate precise playing.

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    For context, I use only fluoro strings, usually Martin, and only change them if/when I notice they are having intonation issues, which is more obvious when playing up the neck, and not so obvious if only ever playing by the nut.

    I play a concert Flea (my sole uke) and the intonation is nearly dead-on, so any variance is glaringly obvious to me.

    With about a half hour minimum of daily play, I get about 5 months out of a set of Martin strings before they show signs of intonation failure, but with the plastic fretboard, I've not yet seen nor felt these indentations under the strings in the 7 yrs since playing on my Flea.

    Maybe this is another advantage to playing one of these instruments? (in that the strings are not damaged by the plastic fretboard)
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    Quote Originally Posted by plunker View Post
    They are friction tuners. Can I tighten the screw on the bottom of them and increase the friction.
    Probably worth a try. It's a bit of fine-tuning for that sweet spot between too tight and too loose.
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    Super Nylgut is the only Aquila I like. I personally like the sound, feel, and tuning stability of them (assuming the uke isn't a problem with the last one).
    Yeah, you probably should try tightening the tuners.

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    What kind of sound are you looking for?
    These are how I hear ukulele strings. They are strictly my personal impressions, I play only tenors, and I know others hear them differently:
    Nylons have a crisp, almost barking sound that I find a little harsh. Yet I have heard people play some exquisite, soft and lovely music on them. When I think of Nylon strings, I think of a traditional soprano "Hawaiian" sound.
    Fluorocarbons have a softer, more chime-like sound. Some sound almost guitar-like. Others a mellow or dark sound. I think, in general, they are more nuanced than Nylons. But, I have heard players get an almost steel string sound on their electric ukes from some fluoros.
    Aquila Sugar strings seem like they are a little of both. Nylons with a softer, rounder, somewhat Fluorocarbon tinged sound.
    Wound G & C strings have a "Whang" sound to me. That can often overwhelm the other strings. And they wear out quicker than plains. I have heard fantastic fingerstyle playing where the harshness isn't at all apparent.

    These are rough, very general descriptions. The instrument itself affects the sound. And a string that sounds great on one instrument can sound dull and plonky on another.
    I think Living Waters Fluorocarbons would sound great on your roosebeck baroque-a-lele. They have a sort of dulcimer or mandolin-ish sound that I find very musical and lush.
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