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Thread: Fremont Blacklines for Soprano: Hard or Medium?

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    I just thought of something. You could save a few bucks by buying a set of sop/con mediums and a set of tenors, skipping the sop/con hards, because you'll have all of the different gauges of A and G strings available. To reproduce the hard set use the med G string as the A string, and use the tenor A string as the G string. The Ukulele Site has the specs.

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    I agree w Bill1. Try both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seesar View Post
    I just thought of something. You could save a few bucks by buying a set of sop/con mediums and a set of tenors, skipping the sop/con hards, because you'll have all of the different gauges of A and G strings available. To reproduce the hard set use the med G string as the A string, and use the tenor A string as the G string. The Ukulele Site has the specs.
    Interesting analysis, Seesar! Now, please don't think I'm being antagonistic, as that isn't my intention, but in my experience the Fremont Blackline hard tension set is distinguishable, and desirable, not so much by its individual string gauges, as by a certain "texture" that they seem to have; it's hard to put into words, but I'd maybe describe it as a more "solid" feel than other sets. I'd also give them high marks in the categories of consistently-good intonation, and durability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sheehan View Post
    Interesting analysis, Seesar! Now, please don't think I'm being antagonistic, as that isn't my intention, but in my experience the Fremont Blackline hard tension set is distinguishable, and desirable, not so much by its individual string gauges, as by a certain "texture" that they seem to have; it's hard to put into words, but I'd maybe describe it as a more "solid" feel than other sets. I'd also give them high marks in the categories of consistently-good intonation, and durability.
    I don't know this for a fact, and someone is free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I think all Blackline strings (tenor, sop/con medium and sop/con hard) are the same material, and the only thing that distinguishes them is gauge. So all models have the same E and C strings, .027 and .031 inch diameters. Sop/con medium A and G strings have a lighter gauge then sop/con hards. And you'll find that different models have the same gauge for different strings, for example, the tenor A string is the same as the sop/con medium G string, .023 inch diameter. And if you're wondering if Blackline sop/con strings are long enough for a tenor, in my experience, the answer is yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seesar View Post
    I don't know this for a fact, and someone is free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I think all Blackline strings (tenor, sop/con medium and sop/con hard) are the same material, and the only thing that distinguishes them is gauge. So all models have the same E and C strings, .027 and .031 inch diameters. Sop/con medium A and G strings have a lighter gauge then sop/con hards. And you'll find that different models have the same gauge for different strings, for example, the tenor A string is the same as the sop/con medium G string, .023 inch diameter. And if you're wondering if Blackline sop/con strings are long enough for a tenor, in my experience, the answer is yes.
    Point well-taken! That does make sense!

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