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    Default Can I buy and store strings?

    Hello.
    This is my first post. I'm a total beginner and I would like to know if I can store ukulele strings. As they are non metal, I think they wouldn't get too old and dry if I keep them in a proper place.
    Thanks in advance!

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    Welcome to Ukulele Underground!

    I've kept ukulele strings for periods of ten years or more, unused, and there was no sign of deterioration. Fitted to a uke, I've known strings remain perfectly useable for more than five years - but I don't necessarily recommend it..........

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    ps. Just to be clear - I'm talking about synthetic materials, not animal based products.

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    The only strings I can think of that would “suffer” from being stored and not used immediately would be Aquila’s new Gut strings. Since these aren’t synthetic material, they are supposed to have a shorter shelf-life.

    That said, the tone from them is wonderfully rich.
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    Thanks for your reply. I want to avoid frustration and have a spare kit with me. I'm sure I'll need to change the strings at odd hours when the music shop is closed.

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    I asked this question not too long ago because I had some 10 year old strings given to me. The consensus was if kept at a reasonable temperature and out of the sun, there shouldn't be a problem. I'm using one of the 10 year old packs and they sound good to me.

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    I'm hoping, as I got a good deal on a dozen sets of sugars and I don't own a lot of ukes, and I don't change the strings often. So ask me in ten years and I'll tell you how it went.
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    Aquila's for one, do have a moisture content, they do get drier over time. Monofilament string does degrade over time.
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    Yes, I bought a bulk lot of cheap nylon strings a few years ago and they're still good. As Ed said, avoid extreme temperatures and definitely keep them away from sunlight.

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    I bought spools of fishing line to make fluorocarbon strings about three years ago and new sets are fine.
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    Thanks for all replies. I'll buy just a couple sets to have them ready on hand when I need them.

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