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    Default Anticipating Aquila's

    I ordered some Aquila strings last week as I couldn't find any locally. I was hoping they'd be here for the weekend but no such luck. Should be here tomorrow though.

    I've read a lot of good about these strings and can't wait to see what they do for my Makala and Flea. The Makala strings are stock and should be GHS from what I've gathered online, and I don't know what are on the Flea but they're black as well so they're not Aquila.

    The Flea has very good intonation but the Makala's a bit lacking. I hope the string change helps out with that.

    Should I expect a whole new world of tonality, or is the difference subtle?

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    The black strings on the flea are probably Hilo, thats what they come with standard unless you upgrade to the rosewood fretboard. The aquillas should be a big improvement IMO.

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    I think anything would work better than the GHS strings haha. But yes, the aquillas should boost your sound quite a bit from what you're used to.
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    I agree that they should help. I assume they will on the Makala, since I'm guessing it's a laminate.

    I know from experience it will help on the Flea. I have a concert Flea with Aquilas and a friend has a soprano Flea with the stock Hilos. Mine was noticeably louder and brighter when I compared them, and I doubt it had much to do with the scale since the body is the same.

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    When I first got my Flea, I played it for about 15 minutes, cut the Hilos off, and put Aquilas on. Makes a world of difference - you will see!

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    Yea I remember when I first learned of Aquilas and put them on the Oscar Schmidt that I had. They make a HUGE difference, especially on low-end laminate ukes. Not saying that a Flea is a low-end uke by any means, but they will certainly make a massive change. There are many other strings out there that are of the same quality, but I can't say what works best on Fleas bc I dont have one. Aquilas are a great starting point and they are always my reference point when I get a new uke. Have fun and enjoy your Flea, that's what matters most!!
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    Thanks, folks. Sounds like I should be pleasantly surprised by the change. I really enjoy the sound of the Flea so if it gets better that's just a bonus. The Makala sounds a bit thin right now so that's the one I'm really looking to improve.

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    You will hear a big difference with the Aquilas. I put them on my Flea and the difference was amazing (wish I still had that uke!). I didn't care for Aquilas at first but grew to like them and have them on my Kala ukes now.
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    I love my Aquila strings! You should expect them to take some time to stretch and settle in....maybe as much as a week, depending on how much you play. They'll be a challenge to keep tuned until they settle, but the wait will be worth it....
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    Absolutely they will improve the Makala a LOT. When my niece was here in December she bought a little $40 Hilo. She had been playing my Kala all weekend and wouldn't put it down. I decided then that I would get her a Mainland for her 18th birthday in April (which I did, and which she loved). Anyway, the little Hilo had black strings that felt more like that vinyl lacing stuff for crafts. I swear they didn't feel ROUND! I had a set of Aquilas, so I put them on for her and that little $40 uke sang for joy. It still had rough fret work and pretty lousy intonation above the 7th fret or so, but it sure sounded LOADS better!
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