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    I just changed the strings on my Ko'olau tenor. I've installed the D'Addario Clear Nylon Tenors Low G. As expected they are taking a while to stretch out. Also, they aren't the easiest strings to install, they seem to have a mind of their own.

    However, when they manage to stay in tune through an entire song, they have a great sound. Very warm sound with the Koa body of my Ko'olau.
    I was pleasantly surprised with the sound, first time with nylon, so I didn't know what to expect. Hard to really rate them until they settle down, but I will be playing these for a good while. They sound great with jazz and big band type songs. Obviously this is very subjective, subject to our acoustics, hearing and many other factors.
    DEPENDENTS:

    In order of age:


    Martin C-1K Concert, C Re-entrant Tuning 4/2014
    Pono MTD-CR Tenor C Linear Tuning 6/21/2016
    Ko'olau Model 100 Tenor C Linear Tuning 7/27/2018
    Kamaka HF-2 Koa Concert C Linear 6/26/2019
    Cocobolo Concert #433 C Re-Entrant 2/3/2020
    Martin S1 Soprano, C Re-entrant Tuning 3/19/2020

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    Nice. I like nylon strings too, but don't always use them. I don't like the extra stretching, less tuning stability, being affected by temperature, etc. Sometimes they are worth it though to get the sound and feel you want.

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    Yeah, the lack of stability always wears me down with nylon but I love the sound too!

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    Depending on the instrument, I use both fluorocarbon and nylon strings (and some composites as well). Yes, nylon generally takes longer to stretch out and stabilize but, once fully stretched, I've haven't found them less stable than fluorocarbon and composites. Plus, not all nylons are the same. For example, Savarez Cristal nylon stretches and stabilize nearly as quickly as fluorocarbon. Sometimes I use a D'Addario composite as a C string and it stretches and stabilizes faster than fluorocarbon! However, nylon is softer and more subject to wear than fluorocarbon. I love a smooth and resonate string so I tend to change them frequently...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJFN View Post
    I just changed the strings on my Ko'olau tenor. I've installed the D'Addario Clear Nylon Tenors Low G. As expected they are taking a while to stretch out. Also, they aren't the easiest strings to install, they seem to have a mind of their own.
    Is the low G also plain Nylon, or is it a silver wound or other material?

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin666 View Post
    Is the low G also plain Nylon, or is it a silver wound or other material?
    It's sliver wound..0290 inches.
    DEPENDENTS:

    In order of age:


    Martin C-1K Concert, C Re-entrant Tuning 4/2014
    Pono MTD-CR Tenor C Linear Tuning 6/21/2016
    Ko'olau Model 100 Tenor C Linear Tuning 7/27/2018
    Kamaka HF-2 Koa Concert C Linear 6/26/2019
    Cocobolo Concert #433 C Re-Entrant 2/3/2020
    Martin S1 Soprano, C Re-entrant Tuning 3/19/2020

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