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    Default Romeo creations ST Concert - Spruce Top: First Impressions & Question

    One of the few for sale online arrived Thursday. What everyone has been saying is true: its sound is as beautiful as it looks! Everything about it, from the finish to the tuners, seems to be perfect. And I love its full, rich sound which seems louder than what other concerts I have played.

    My problem is the tension of the strings because I have small, old hands.
    Though I didnít realize that the Concert scale is strung with Tenor strings
    (Pepe Romero UT2), I thought I could change them so I ordered Concert Worth Browns and Living Watersí strings. I prefer loose strings even if they are a little floppy. And I thought that if I used strings from the next build down (soprano or concert?) there would be less tension. So I have 2 questions:
    (1) Why was the Concert scale strung with Tenor strings?
    (2) Bigger Question: The strings seem to disappear into the bridge (?) So how do I change the strings??
    Iíll try to post a photo of the Bridge.
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    Here is the string change video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot4uVg-wJGE

    It can be a little tricky, but works well. I haven't had a Romero, but had another uke or two like this at one time. I like to tie the string onto a bead rather than just make a knot.

    Going to lighter gauge strings will indeed help.. Just be aware of how the manufacturers mark their strings as it varies. You just want to find something smaller in gauge to what you have now.
    I'm not sure what version of Worth you got, but the BL would be the lightest strings they make I think. I have no experience with Living Waters, so can't comment on them.

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    Thanks for The video link which I overlooked. Looks easy. I also called Romero creations and they said that it was strung with Pepe Romero soprano/concert strings.

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    Use lighter gauge strings for less tension. Don't worry too much about the labels for which size. One brand's concert string is literally another brand's tenor string, or one's g string is used for an a in another setting etc.

    Enjoy your new instrument, you picked a great one!

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    I have solid top, Tiny tenor with laminate mahogany sides. String thru bridge is my favourite and I have all types except pin bridge in tenors. I used beads to tie at first, then got some tie blocks. You just loose the string thru the block and you are done. It allows me to change a string it I want. A bead can do same thing, these tie blocks are just easier. Hands down, string Thur is my favourite bridge and string changes are easy one you get on to it. I have a notch bridge which is easy. I have tie bridge which are easy! It’s all preference.

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    So far, I have found Fremont Blackline Fluorocarbon strings to be the bendy-est on my tenors. As a result, they are also the easiest on my fingers. Don't know if that will hold true for concert scale.

    I also find Living Waters Fluorocarbons to be pretty easy on my hands to play. Again, I only have tenors.

    This does mean you have to tune them more often because they stretch. And, they are not as loud as some. But they are really chimey and musical. Very guitar-ish.

    I honestly don't have a preference between bridge styles. After you change strings a couple of times with each type, they all become pretty easy. Some a little more fiddly, but certainly not difficult.
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    Not familiar with Tie Blocks or where to find them?

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    Sorry, not good at links in these message. I use two types. Rosette Diamond string beads. On amazon or on Rosette own site. Google it and it will come up. They are not beads as name suggest but blocks that you weave string thru and it locks itself. No knots to tie. Brilliant.

    String by Mail , offer String Ties, set of four for ukulele is $17.51. Yes, expensive but they work so well, I have two sets of these and one set of the Diamond version by Rosetta guitar products. If you have a string thru bridge, you will love these.

    I use the string ties from strings by Mail even on my ties block. I can tie no problem, but these as just so easy and fast. Best accessory I have purchased for ukulele, no exception.

    Hope this helps. If you can’t find, I’ll ask my son to help me do a link for you. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gypsyuke View Post
    Thanks for The video link which I overlooked. Looks easy. I also called Romero creations and they said that it was strung with Pepe Romero soprano/concert strings.
    It is strange that their website as well as the dealers state that it uses the low-G tenor set, but give you different information on phone. Anyway, the thicker tenor strings would be more floppy on a shorter scale, particularly the low G. If that one sounds nice and crisp you should be ok. I find these ukes very weird, combining a bigger body with a shorter scale, and find it more desirable in terms of sound and playing comfort to combine a smaller body with longer scale. So a concert scale is very nice, but rather have that with a soprano body than a tenor body. Romeros seem to appeal to people who want mini-guitars rather than ukes. But hey it's sure great to have variety that suit everyone's different desires.

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    OK, this is where I get confused. if using thicker strings (tenor) on a concert scale produces floppier strings, i.e., less tension; then what does Rakelele mean by saying that lighter strings (I assume “thinner”) produces less tension?

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