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    Default High D on baritone?

    Ok so my bari is tuned DGBE, low D, but I think I prefer reentrant otherwise it just sounds like a small guitar. The thing is how widely available are low D sets? The other thing is I have 2 spare sets so I could use one of those for the high D. Would it be best to use the high e from one of the sets or the B?
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    I suppose it depends on whether you are a strummer or a picker. I really like mine to pick with, and I’m thinkin’ of gitten another, better one, I like to play Tenor guitar too. It’s the same tunin’, though mine is in 5ths now. I prefer the steel strings.

    Maybe you need a tenor ukulele. I read somewhere that baritones should be low D and not high, but I guess nowdays everyone does whatever they think of.

    Anyway, play your baritone however ya wanna — Cheers!
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    I’ve never tried re-entrant on a bari, but if I did, I would use an E string and tune it to down to D rather than using a B and tuning up. The B might snap. Maybe someone here has experience tuning a baritone that way.
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    I think either way would be okay. Happy strumming!
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBE- Fingerstyle
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Lo F BbDF Fingerstyle
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGBD Plectrum music

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum

    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-G CEA - Wall hanger
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Wall hanger
    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano - Wall hanger
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift - Bookshelf

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    Alex over at SUS has got you covered on this one:

    https://www.southernukulelestore.co....dbaritoneblog/

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    High D sets shouldn’t be hard to find. I prefer low D so I don’t have any reccos, but last time I was strung shopping I came across several high D sets from major brands.

    There are string calculators available that will help find alternatives if you don’t want to use a canned set. My current low D is from a classical guitar set.

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    I have 2 baris, a Kala cedar top strung low D, & a Lani spruce top strung high D - if I remember right, Living Water do a high D set of fluorocarbons for bari.

    (I used to pick tunes on the cedar top, & strum on the spruce top, when I got them, but don't play them much nowadays, preferring a tenor scale.)
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    Can't have any more instruments so a tenor isn't an option
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    Simplest solution:

    -High E string from any baritone ukulele set can be used as High D.
    -B string (2nd) from any regular tension Classical Guitar set can be used as High D.

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    Uke Republic carries a Living Water "Baritone High D" set! I have used them, and was very satisfied; if I recall correctly, they were all unwound and thus felt very consistent. Benny Chong plays this way. Check it out...

    https://youtu.be/e6y0mNVR03A
    Last edited by Bill Sheehan; 11-28-2019 at 05:21 PM.

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