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    Default how often do you change strings?

    Just a novice uke question....how often do you change strings on your uke?
    I have hilo low g on my tenor if that makes a difference.

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    While I've seen people swapping strings in as little as two to three months, I play mine until I just can't tune them anymore, which so far has taken about a year. For me, the Hilo's just were not a good match for me. I tried and liked the Aquilas for a couple years, and now I'm using Worths.

    My ears are probably not as sensitive as others, so this may be a difference. If it sounds good to YOU, play 'em til they melt!

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    There really seems to be no hard and fast rule for ukulele string changing. Kind of up to personal preference depending on how much you play.
    I'm one of those every couple months kind of string changer. I play almost daily and there just comes a day when the strings kind of lose their luster to my ears. Then I change them. YMMV.
    I've also been experimenting a bit with different strings a little bit. You get pretty different sounds depending on the brand. (MGM has multi-brand sampler packs you can get) I liked the Hilos on one of my ukes quite a lot, but recently switched it back to Aquilas again. The Aquilas have a much sharper attack for fingerpicking, but the Hilos had a much sweeter strumming sound.

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    I usually change strings every month-and-a-half to 2 months (at the most).

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    If you swap out your strings to try and find what you like and you're not pleased, can you put your old ones back on, or are they ruined one you take them off?

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    till they break, I still got a 2 year old E on mine.
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    i play mine for hours everyday and ive had strings on mine for about a year, and mien are still going strong. i did change them once, but i found the sound wasnt what it was with the old strungs so i changed them back. so i would change them when you have to, asin they snap or wont tune, or you dont liek the sound

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    Hi everyone,

    I know this is a very old thread, but I'm wondering if anyone can share their experience on changing tone/volume and even string tension with time? I've been playing several hours per day for only about 2.5 months on a set of nylon strings (using the top three strings from a Thomasik Infeld set) on my mango tenor. I've noticed just in the past week that the string tension seems to feel lower, as if the strings have become floppier (but they are still holding their pitch). There is a small amount of stretch visible near the nut from the act of tuning, which I think is pretty normal for nylon strings. But, oddly, from a playability perspective, it almost feels to me like the action of my uke has lowered (hence the impression of "floppiness").

    Another factor that may be coming into play is that winter has definitely set in here, and it's really dry. I keep an Oasis humidifier in my soundhole with the uke it its case whenever I'm not playing, but it is still exposed to very dry conditions in the room (only about 30% humidity) when I'm playing it. So for 3 or 4 hours per day it is in a very dry room. Could this be impacting everything?

    I will change the strings and see, but I'd love to know if anyone has experience of this "dulling" of sound over time. I'm assuming fluorocarbon strings are more resistant to these external factors. But having tried Oasis, Worth browns, and Aquilas (reds and white nylguts), as well as the Ko'olau strings and d'Addario titaniums, I still come back to these nylons and just rejoice at the beauty of their sound and their ability to respond to changing dynamics so well. That said, I'd love to discover a less expensive, more resilient alternative that still sings to me.

    I'd love to know if these end-of-life issues are normal. I've only been playing ukulele for about 8 months, so I don't have enough experience yet to know if this is common.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts!

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    It is very subjective issue. I changed strings after one and a half year. The old strings had still no problem at that time. But the difference was so big and I am very happy with new strings. I decided that I will change my strings at least evry 6 month. I play about a couple of hours a day.

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    I had this very same question (how often should I change my strings?) as a beginner 14 years ago. I did get many different responses as well. I play nearly everyday for at least 2 hrs. sometimes longer (during the local and nightly news hours) so I put in a lot of time. For me, I have several parameters that tell me it time for a string change.

    1) they start sounding dull, not as bright and crisp
    2) The strings don't have or are loosing proper intonation

    Theses things mentioned above and combined playing time generally indicate to me a string change is required every two months. I buy my strings in bulk.
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