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New Aquila Strings on the Horizon

Aquila Fluorcristal Strings

Aquila Fluocristal Strings

 

This just in from the “As If We Really Need Another Set of Strings” Department: Aquila is working on a new set of strings.

This is good news and bad news. The good news is there will be another set of strings to try on our Ukes. The bad news is there will be another set of strings to try on our Ukes.

Called Aquila Fluocristal, they’ll most likely be similar to fluorocarbons, though maybe not.

There is no information on the new strings on the Aquila web site. Mimmo Peruffo, Aquila’s head honcho, said in a thread on Ukulele Underground that the new strings should be available this summer.

This is about all Mimmo would say about the new strings:

What I can say right now is that these strings are very very transparent, they has a very low gauge tolerance and are well balanced in each set. This because I can do all the gauges I want by extrusion. This is a big advantage upon the standard gauges available in the market because these follow the fishing line’s gauging criteria and so they do not meet the ukulele necessity completely.

 

Sounds to me like they will be fluorocarbon clones. But maybe not. One thing is for sure is they will be clear. Which in my book is a plus. I really don’t like the look of the white Aquilas. They remind me of the strings on all those cheap Ukes.

Aquila makes quality strings. The new Fluocristals will probably be very nice strings. But how will they be different from Martin M600 Standard Crystal Nylon Ukulele Strings, or D’Addario Pro Arte Strings, or Galli Bionylon Strings? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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The Mysterious Case of the Missing String

Martin M620 Ukulele Strings

Martin M620 Ukulele Strings

 

So I bought a set of Ukulele strings from an online string dealer the other day. They were a set of Martin Clear Fluorocarbons for my Lanikai LQA-T Tenor Uke. I have been buying strings from this retailer for a long time (bass, guitar and Ukulele strings), as well as accessories, so I know they are reputable and their return policy is generous.

Anyway, I bought a few sets of strings and some accessories from them. In addition to the Martin strings, I bought a set of GHS H-T10 Hawaiian black nylon strings, which I used to restring the Lanikai. The Martins went into the closet, still unopened in the package.

Today I decided to open the package, just to have a look at the Martins. I was particularly interested in how thick the 3rd (the C string in this case, since I use GCEA tuning) was. I ripped off the little tab to open the package and pulled out the string envelopes. All four of them were present and accounted for–which is always a good sign. But when I went to look inside the C string envelope, it was empty! There was no string in there. The other three strings were all comfy, nestled in their little envelopes, but the C string was nowhere to be found. I thought maybe I dropped it, so I looked around, but it was nowhere in sight. The empty envelope was just sitting here, mocking me.

So, just to recap. Bought a new set of strings. They arrived still sealed in their package. Opened the package. Looked at the C string. It was missing!

You could have knocked me over with a feather.

I’m not sure how the packages are filled at the factory–if they’re done by a human or by a machine–but either way someone, or something, screwed up. They forgot to put my string in its package.

So I emailed the retailer, told them the story and asked for a replacement C string. I probably won’t hear from them until,Tuesday, since it’s the Memorial Day Holiday weekend here in the U.S. But I know they’ll make it right.

Anyway, the moral of this story is: Always check your strings when they come in. One could be missing, broken or even the wrong size. You never know about these things.

 

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