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    Default Bari-Tenor String suggestions?

    I have a tenor uke strung with Southwest fluorocarbon strings designed for g tuning (dgbe). They're getting old and tired, but since Southwest is no more, I am at a loss with what to replace them with. I've tried the GHS bari-tenor, but prefer the fluorocarbon sound and feel on this uke. Any suggestions or alternatives for barii-tenor strings would be appreciated.

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    Haven't exactly tried the Living Water dGBE set but I've loved LW on everything I've put them on. My 5 string is dGCEA with LW and it's really good.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

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    Pardon my ignorance here, this is a good leaning experience for me. By asking about bari-tenor strings, do you mean strings that are designed to fit both bari's and tenors? Couldn't regular ol' baritone strings be used on a tenor?
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned F-Bb-D-G w/Worth Browns)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned D-G-B-E w/Martin 22 Baritone strings)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (tuned A-D-F#-B w/Savarez classical guitar strings)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    Quote Originally Posted by John boy View Post
    By asking about bari-tenor strings, do you mean strings that are designed to fit both bari's and tenors? Couldn't regular ol' baritone strings be used on a tenor?
    No, bari-tenor strings typically mean reentrant G tuning, dGBE with a high d. Baritone is more typically DGBE with a low D (although reentrant sets for baritone are available). You can sometimes use baritone strings on a tenor but they would usually be tuned 2 or 3 semitones higher to get the same tension they would be on baritone.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

    !Flukutronic!

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    Got it, thanks Jim.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned F-Bb-D-G w/Worth Browns)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned D-G-B-E w/Martin 22 Baritone strings)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (tuned A-D-F#-B w/Savarez classical guitar strings)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    I personally prefer the Living Water set - close second is the Fremont set. With either set, I like to use the Fremont low G string for the d “G” B E. Sounds awesome!!

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    Don't forget, Aquila have a tenor re-entrant dgbe set too, readily available and inexpensive.

    I tried a set recently and it came with a non-wound red low-G string (rather than a wound one).

    Very warm and rich sound. Great feel to the strings too.

    (I don't personally like fluorocarbon. Prefer nylon and nylgut)

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    Thanks for the helpful suggestions. I have a set of Fremont strings on the way. I'll wait and see how they are and if I have to go Living Water (I hesitate because they become pricey if you have to order a special set with international shipping--are bari-tenor available somewhere in US?). I haven't used Aquila in years, didn't know they made g tuning, they may be worth another look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimafornia View Post
    I hesitate because they become pricey if you have to order a special set with international shipping--are bari-tenor available somewhere in US?
    You can check with Uke Republic, but I don't think they stock that set, and I don't know of another dealer in the U.S. that carries LW.
    https://cargo.ukerepublic.com/produc...carbon-strings

    The gauges for my dGCEA set are (0.70/0.91/0.74/0.66/0.57). The 0.70 is not used in any of the standard sets. You'd have to order a low G tenor set and then something else to get an extra 0.66 to use for your 'd'

    If you get two or three sets, it's about as cheap to order direct from Ken. Shipping is 3 regardless of order size.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127
    Pelem, A, EJ45LP

    !Flukutronic!

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    Two days ago, I finally got around to changing strings on my Kala baritone KA-SBG. D’Addario Baritone Nyltect EJ88B,
    Tuned DGBE.

    Love the new sound. Like having a new uke. My wife, who doesn’t say much, even came to my man cave to check the sound out. Offered, “Very pretty.”

    The old strings had been on about a year, tuned to GCEA. Never was really happy with this, and i knew I did a rather poor job of installation on two strings. But I just mostly laid it aside and got too lazy to change.

    But yesterday, I told my guitar playing son to marvel at its new sound and my string installation skill. Perfect. My best job ever. Got so happy with myself, yesterday I changed strings on a concert and tenor.

    Anyways, that’s my success story.

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