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.