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    Hi KoAloha opio owners, or acacia uke owners,
    What do you use on your string? I tried the stock strings, and Fremont black medium line, did not like either.
    The acacia wood came with bright and higher pitch tones. How to make it fuller and rounder?
    Thanks.
    My Ukes collection:
    Rebel Mango Sublime Soprano (Creme brle)
    Mainland Mango Pineapple
    KoAloha Opio Acacia Soprano KSO-10
    Ohana CK-39
    Pono MCD - Mahogany concert deluxe
    Famous FS-5
    Ohana SK-21m
    Cocobolo Super Soprano

    Looking to sell:
    KoAloha Opio Acacia Soprano KSO-10
    Ohana Ck-39
    (let me know if you are interested)

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    I think I'd send you to try the Premium Martin Strings (not the 600 series). If you don't like fluorocarbon...
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    Thanks! I never heard of them
    My Ukes collection:
    Rebel Mango Sublime Soprano (Creme brle)
    Mainland Mango Pineapple
    KoAloha Opio Acacia Soprano KSO-10
    Ohana CK-39
    Pono MCD - Mahogany concert deluxe
    Famous FS-5
    Ohana SK-21m
    Cocobolo Super Soprano

    Looking to sell:
    KoAloha Opio Acacia Soprano KSO-10
    Ohana Ck-39
    (let me know if you are interested)

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    What top is on the Uke and what size?
    I have a tenor acacia with spruce top. I use low g flouro carbons. Full rich and loud.
    Keep Strummin'

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    I recently put Living Waters strings on my concert scale acacia KoAloha Opio and I really like them. The sound is less brash, definitely fuller, rounder and sweeter. I also find Living Waters strings to be very comfortable under the fingers. They are available at Uke Republic, if you decide to give them a try.
    KoAloha KCM-00 (koa concert)
    KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (acacia concert)
    Thormahlen Yew-kulele (yew concert)
    Kala KA-SLNG (long neck soprano)
    Flight TUS35 (blue soprano)

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    Living Water concert low G fluorocarbons on both my long neck concert acacia Opio, & my concert acacia Kala.

    (I use them on most of my other ukes too, they work well for me.)
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    I think I'd send you to try the Premium Martin Strings (not the 600 series). If you don't like fluorocarbon...
    What are they like? They're sourced from Aquila, right? I thought they were similar or same as super nylgut, but maybe they're a special formulation for Martin.
    Glenn

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    Quote Originally Posted by glennerd View Post
    What are they like? They're sourced from Aquila, right? I thought they were similar or same as super nylgut, but maybe they're a special formulation for Martin.
    They are perhaps sourced from Aquila. The Ukulele Fool reviewed them and liked them--but I'm a M600/M620 guy.
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    I have Living Waters on my sapele Opio. Sounds wonderful.
    - Laura

    Martin, KoAloha, Brueko, Mele, Mainland, Outdoor, Kala, Enya, Harmony, Tempo, Globe, Vega, Silvertone, Kay, Luna, Zither Heaven, First Act

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    Quote Originally Posted by Puglele View Post
    Hi KoAloha opio owners, or acacia uke owners,
    What do you use on your string? I tried the stock strings, and Fremont black medium line, did not like either.
    The acacia wood came with bright and higher pitch tones. How to make it fuller and rounder?
    Thanks.
    Why did you buy the Opio if you did not like its sound (with the stock strings)? Many people who are drawn to the Opio as an alternative to a Hawaiian KoAloha that are known for their bright punchy sound. Was probably a good idea to have it up for sale for someone who likes this kind of tone. A fuller and rounder tone could probably be accomplished with d'Addario Titaniums.

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