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    I think I'm now leaning toward a 6 string. The Kala KA 6 looks interesting. Maybe an Ohana TK-70-6.
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    A friend plays mandolin, re-stringing any four stringed instrument he can get his hands on the same way (including ukulele). Would that work in reverse? I believe mandolin has about the same scale length as a tenor uke, presumably the overall string tension would be lower. It's just that would provide a much wider rang of available instruments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul.Hurst View Post
    A friend plays mandolin, re-stringing any four stringed instrument he can get his hands on the same way (including ukulele). Would that work in reverse? I believe mandolin has about the same scale length as a tenor uke, presumably the overall string tension would be lower. It's just that would provide a much wider rang of available instruments.
    Pardon my naivety.
    Mandolin is GDAE
    and I have considered buying and switching the strings to...
    GDEG
    tune the D down one step
    tune the second G - first string - up a step
    And you would have a
    GCEA
    With a low G and a low A

    Different sound, but certainly easily achievable.

    Alas, I have given up on the concept and now looking at a 5 string Uke.

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    One thing I love about playing my 8-string ukes is that they sound really good and don't get lost in the mix when I'm playing with acoustic guitars. That high C string really cuts through.


    Here's a video I did a few years ago for Seasons of the Ukulele, fingerpicking my Lanikai O-8E along with a fingerpicked classical guitar. The combo sounds really cool together (IMO).



    I like using mine for both strumming and picking. Yes, barre chords are a bit harder, and of course tuning takes twice as long.

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    Bit more pressure on the fingers, need a bit more accuracy on picking or melody lines, but other than that, no. No more difficult really.
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    Fil, nice video and playing. I agree the combo of classical and 8 string sound very nice. Looks like you both have capos on and playing different chord shapes. Love the sound. Never really considered a 8 string but if I were playing with another person or two, the 8 string add depth and sound, well very cool. Thanks for posting. I was recently looking at 5 string as I play mostly by myself and heard sample where the double high and low g adds depth. So many ukes, so little time.....and money. Haha

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    Since practically all 6 and 8 string ukes are tenors, I took a little field trip today to the music store to play some tenors. (I only have concert scale.) I once had a tenor but I never bonded with it. The scale just didn't feel right to me and I ended up selling it. That was years ago so I thought I'd try one again to see if maybe a 6 or 8 string might be enough incentive to try a tenor again. Unfortunately, the store had neither so I played some 4 string tenors for a while. While I could play them, I still didn't like the feel or scale of the tenor. I still don't think I'd be happy with one so I'm left with the concert scale which is going to really limit my choices.

    Are there any other 6 string concerts out there other than the Ohana CK-70-A6? Ohana also has the 8 string taropatch CK-35-8. Are there any other recommended 8 string/taropatch concert ukuleles out there? (Preferably <$300 but you know how that goes.) I guess I'm still concerned about the added tension of 6 or 8 strings but I'd like to think that low action would make either comfortable to play.
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    Not aware of 6 string concerts but Ohana and Pono taropatch are on my radar. Maybe Mim will get B-stock again.

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