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Original Post By: Frank B Date: 5/14/2019 8:29:54 PM
I want to play a baritone uke again, but I can't afford to buy a new one at the moment; so how do I convert on one my tenors to DGBE tuning? Somebody has tried this before, I am sure. Who makes the strings that would accomplish this transition? John Kavanagh, on the jacket of his CD PARLOUR MUSIC, talks of his baritone being on "steroids" with adf#b tuning - only the D string is an octave lower. So, if somebody makes strings to accomplish this they must also make strings that go the other way as well. I would be willing to settle for a reentrant D string. So, if you can help me I will be very appreciative.
Posted By: Tom B. Date: 5/14/2019 9:11:58 PM   (Updated: 5/14/2019 9:14:39 PM)
Hi Frank. It used to be common for tenor ukes to be tuned reentrant dGBE, and a quick search online found several brands of tenor strings offering that tuning. Aquila, GHS and Fremont make them. Others probably do; I didn't search that deeply. This listing for Aquila says it's for both "high D and DGBE." Not sure what it means - whether they give you both a high- and low fourth string - but it seems promising. Good luck.

https://www.amazon.com/Aquila-Nylgut-AQ-11-Ukulele-Strings/dp/B00MXUIXG8/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_2?keywords=aquila+dgbe+tenor+strings&qid=1557882538&s=gateway&sr=8-2-fkmrnull
Posted By: Frank B Date: 5/14/2019 10:46:46 PM
Thanks, Tom B. I am in contact with Elderly Instruments (I buy all of my strings there), so I'm sure they will know which of the three brands to use. I appreciate your help. I'll let you know how it goes.
Posted By: Tom B. Date: 5/15/2019 2:17:57 PM
Hi Frank. I see that Elderly carries the Fremont set. It's reentrant, but they can probably recommend a low-D string that you could substitute if you so desire. Best of luck!

https://www.elderly.com/collections/category_ukulele-strings/products/fremont-blackline-fluorocarbon-high-d-d-g-b-e-tenor-ukulele-set-re-entrant-or-bari-tuned-tenor
Posted By: J Boy Shyne Date: 5/17/2019 10:09:25 AM
You could just use guitar strings. Nylon Classical
Guitar strings.

2nd (B) String-use for 1st string E
3rd (G) String-use for 2nd string B
4th (D) String-use for 3rd string G
5th (A) String-use for 4th string D
Posted By: deejay Date: 5/25/2019 8:28:06 AM
Keep in mind if the string gauges are significantly bigger you may need to file your nut slots a little wider to accommodate. Home Depot carries welding torch tip cleaner sets (by Lincoln Electric, located by the welding supplies near the power tool isles) which work well and only costs around $5. Though fluorocarbon tends to be smaller and may fit fine.

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