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    Ernie Ball makes a ball end string for ukulele.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacole View Post
    Ernie Ball makes a ball end string for ukulele.
    I have a set on a concert uke. It has taken a while for me to warm to them but they are sounding pretty nice now...warm and mellow. They feel nice under the fingers as well.
    They’re really just strings with tied stopper knots slipped through plastic “beads”. They are really long, too, possibly long enough for two sopranos if strung carefully.
    Sopranos: aNueNue Khaya Mahogany 1, Bruko No. 6; Kiwaya KS-1; Kiwaya KTS-4; Kiwaya KTS-4K; Martin S-O
    Concerts:Cahaya CY-0112; Kiwaya KTC-1; Martin C-1 (ca. 1947-1955); Musicguymic's Kolohe
    Tenors: Cordoba 24T; Kiwaya KTT-2K
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    I have a set on a concert uke. It has taken a while for me to warm to them but they are sounding pretty nice now...warm and mellow. They feel nice under the fingers as well.
    They’re really just strings with tied stopper knots slipped through plastic “beads”. They are really long, too, possibly long enough for two sopranos if strung carefully.
    Which of your concerts do you have them on? I have been thinking about trying them myself.
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    1960's Martin Style-0
    LoPrinzi Concert (Redwood & Mahogany)
    Fred Shields Style-0 Replica
    Kala Elite 1MHG-S
    Ohana SK-25S
    Kala Elite 1KOA-T << Letting this one go soon. PM if interested.

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    I have had both plastic and glass beads break on me on my tenors. (I think they had flaws.) Never had it happen with the metal beads I bought at Walmart for $1.24.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonCurt View Post
    Which of your concerts do you have them on? I have been thinking about trying them myself.
    I put a set on my Kiwaya KTC-1..... not that it needed to be warmer or more mellow in tone, but I wanted to try them and the KTC-1 needed new strings.
    It took a few days for them to settle in, but I kinda like them now.
    Sopranos: aNueNue Khaya Mahogany 1, Bruko No. 6; Kiwaya KS-1; Kiwaya KTS-4; Kiwaya KTS-4K; Martin S-O
    Concerts:Cahaya CY-0112; Kiwaya KTC-1; Martin C-1 (ca. 1947-1955); Musicguymic's Kolohe
    Tenors: Cordoba 24T; Kiwaya KTT-2K
    Baritones: Cordoba 24B

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    Quote Originally Posted by clayton56 View Post
    just a little hint, something we learned stringing eyeglass frames which use nylon line.

    A knot is big and unsightly, so we would melt the end with a match and a ball forms on the end of the string. Try not to light the string, just melt it, and you usually get a nearly perfect ball.
    Clever! I can imagine a bit of trial and error to get that blob the right size, and that could use up some string.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacole View Post
    Ernie Ball makes a ball end string for ukulele.
    Here's his site, but I didn't see the balls.

    https://www.ernieball.com/
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Last edited by Swamp Yankee; 07-04-2019 at 03:27 AM.
    Sopranos: aNueNue Khaya Mahogany 1, Bruko No. 6; Kiwaya KS-1; Kiwaya KTS-4; Kiwaya KTS-4K; Martin S-O
    Concerts:Cahaya CY-0112; Kiwaya KTC-1; Martin C-1 (ca. 1947-1955); Musicguymic's Kolohe
    Tenors: Cordoba 24T; Kiwaya KTT-2K
    Baritones: Cordoba 24B

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    Here they are... the local Guitar Center has them.
    Thanks for that.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Here's his site, but I didn't see the balls.

    https://www.ernieball.com/
    You can find them under Strings, Speciality strings, then Ukulele.
    LACole
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    Northern UK20 Concert Mahogany GCEA Aquila Lava
    2018
    Beaver Creek BCUKEFM-T Tenor Maple Flame gCEA D’addario Pro Arte
    Eddy Finn EF-Moon Concert Mahogany gCEA Aquila SuperNylgut
    Beaver Creek BCUKE-S Soprano Mahogany gCEA D’addario Black Nylon
    2019
    Ohana PKC-25G Concert Mahogany Pineapple gCEA Aquila
    Donner DUC-3 Concert Spruce/Mahogany gCEA Donner

    CPM CT-Q2 chromatic clip on tuner
    Snark SN-4 tuner
    Donner tuner

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