This morning I drilled the string holes in the bridge and strung up #108. I am using this uke to test some different string sets and I am beginning with Oasis Low G. This set has a wound #4 G string and three clear fluorocarbons. The instrument sounds very good. The intonation is good, but I miss the strength of the SouthCoast Strings that I have used in the past. Sadly, SouthCoast owner Dirk Wormhaut passed away several weeks ago and the Company has closed its doors. He will be missed and so will his excellent strings. This is a search for their replacement. I will play the uke with these strings for perhaps a week and then try another brand.
Meanwhile, #109 is in the works. This will be another Kasha Tenor. The Englemann Spruce soundboard is well on its way. Here you see the tone bars of the Kasha bracing system being glued into place. I have not yet decided what wood to use for back and sides, nor for the neck. I have some lovely mahogany that I am considering. Perhaps East Indian Rosewood. Perhaps Claro Walnut or American Walnut from a local tree. I have CocoBolo, or Honduran Rosewood, Palo Escrito, or some lovely Sycamore. Decisions-decisions, I will have to make one soon.