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    Saw this verbiage in a tenor Fluke ad on eBay:

    "Like the concert, the tenor easily accommodates GCEA tuning but can also handle the lower DGBE tuning (high D)".

    I can't imagine tuning to low G, like a bari I guess. I've tried A tuning, and that was real floppy and low sounding.
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    Reentrant G tuning for tenor is absolutely possible with several commercial sets available (Living Water and Fremont, probably others) but whether they fit the nut slots on the Fluke I'm not sure about.

    If you want reentrant A tuning for tenor, I highly recommend the World of Ukes Clarity strings
    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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    I've read that DGBE used to be standard tuning for tenor ukes.

    In fact, a book I have on understanding chords, breaks the chords into soprano/concert GCEA and tenor/baritone DGBE.
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    True - DGBE used to be standard tuning for tenors.

    I think the problem is that you're trying that tuning with GCEA-tenor strings, which become all floppy and without volume. You need some beefier strings.

    I wouldn't call DGBE 'low G-tuning', that is downright confusing. It is a G6 tuning, but the 'low' or 'high' indicates if the 4th string isn't or is an octave higher than expected. Low is linear tuning, high is reentrant tuning.

    The late Lyle Ritz played a tenor in linear DGBE tuning on his late 1950s ukulele jazz records.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukulelekarcsi View Post
    True - DGBE used to be standard tuning for tenors.
    I would think that the first tenors were tuned like the sopranos and concerts in the 20s - in ADF#B. It is likely that their larger size was a contributing factor for GCEA becoming the standard. DGBE didn't enter the uke world until 1948 when Arthur Godfrey wanted a guitar-like uke and the baritone was born. Some people then adapted this to tenor uke but of course in a re-entrant format where G is still the lowest string like a regular linear tenor uke. There is an Aquila AQ-11 string set available for this. It basically means that you are losing the high A so the sound will be quite dark.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukulelekarcsi View Post
    I wouldn't call DGBE 'low G-tuning', that is downright confusing. It is a G6 tuning, but the 'low' or 'high' indicates if the 4th string isn't or is an octave higher than expected. Low is linear tuning, high is reentrant tuning.

    The late Lyle Ritz played a tenor in linear DGBE tuning on his late 1950s ukulele jazz records.
    Concur on the first - "low G" means GCEA or linear C. That's why I said "reentrant G". There's always going to be an element of confusion around this topic, but there's absolutely no reason to misuse a phrase like "low G" which has a widely accepted meaning.

    I had always heard Ritz used reentrant dGBE tuning but you might be right. I do know of some tab books with his arrangements but haven't seen them. Maybe they would clear up that point.
    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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    I wonder if standard Baritone strings would accomplish this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrieth View Post
    I wonder if standard Baritone strings would accomplish this.
    Not likely. They are thicker for an octave lower and longer scale and don't have re-entrant D. A designated tenor set may also be cheaper as strings are smaller.

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