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    Default Six Strings or Eight?

    I have ukes with both six strings and eight. A friend has been considering getting a 6-string concert, but I'm wondering why he wouldn't go for an 8-string. He's not sure himself, but he thinks that the 6-string isn't as big a step up from a 4-string. I'm bring a couple of mine today for him to try.

    So, any opinions on 6 or 8-string ukes?
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    I guess it boils down to the type of music you intend on playing, six string emphasizes a couple of notes, whilst an eight string must emphasize them all, i.e. increasing volume.

    Your friend could always buy an eight string, & if he doesn't like it, just take off two strings & have a six string.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    I guess it boils down to the type of music you intend on playing, six string emphasizes a couple of notes, whilst an eight string must emphasize them all, i.e. increasing volume.

    Your friend could always buy an eight string, & if he doesn't like it, just take off two strings & have a six string.
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    I've had both 6 and 8 but in the end settled on 5. In my experience 5 sounds better than 6 and 8 is too challenging to play well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Counter View Post
    I've had both 6 and 8 but in the end settled on 5. In my experience 5 sounds better than 6 and 8 is too challenging to play well.
    That is funny! I had forgotten about the 5-string, but I don't think I have to buy one.
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    I had an Ohana six string tenor and didn’t like it at all. I didn’t like pickin’ it OR strummin’ it. I finally traded it in on my Kala Tenor which I liked better at least to strum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    I had an Ohana six string tenor and didn’t like it at all. I didn’t like pickin’ it OR strummin’ it. I finally traded it in on my Kala Tenor which I liked better at least to strum.
    Well, that's why we have so many choices.
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    I have not seen a six string concert. An eight string concert is called a taropatch and has strings in unison, and I want one.

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    Love my KoAloha 6 string. The sound is so unusual. Strumming only; I wouldn't like to try to pick it. Plucking the doubled strings just for tuning is maddening enough.
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    I have enough trouble with 4 strings!
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