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    In that case, check if the concert strings are...

    In that case, check if the concert strings are thicker (usually so for Aquilas). I've used concert strings on sopranos with no problems other than the higher tension, which would possibly be the same...
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    The Aquila black lava are nice to play - a little...

    The Aquila black lava are nice to play - a little thinner than Nylguts, and a little less tension (subjective feeling).
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    Simply, yes. (Though I know Ken personally, so...

    Simply, yes. (Though I know Ken personally, so I'm potentially biased, but OTOH I bought one of his ukes from him for real money ...). I wouldn't swap mine for a modern Martin.

    Whether I'd choose...
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    Very nice indeed! You have a Style C, there...

    Very nice indeed! You have a Style C, there should be a pencilled serial number inside ending in c.

    Ask the violin shop how much - it should only take 30 mins or so to refit the pegs. To do it...
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    Mine has wooden pegs too, and they're rather...

    Mine has wooden pegs too, and they're rather vague - this because they (or the holes) have changed shape with age.

    A violin repair shop could fix this very easily, as they have the reamers and peg...
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    The most likely explanation is that the body has...

    The most likely explanation is that the body has changed shape.

    As humidity increases, wood expands across the grain. So the top and back get a little wider. Top and back are usually domed a...
  7. I've built around 50 sopranos with all sorts of...

    I've built around 50 sopranos with all sorts of tops.

    I don't much like spruce tops on a figure 8 soprano. Too much sustain, too many high overtones for my taste. When strummed I find the chords...
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    Hope it's a good 'un! One scratch in 80-100 years...

    Hope it's a good 'un! One scratch in 80-100 years is pretty good going.

    You will be surprised by how (comparatively) loud it is, and also that it weighs nothing in your hands. I wouldn't part with...
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    The 5.5 inch cone from CB Gitty is a biscuit...

    The 5.5 inch cone from CB Gitty is a biscuit cone, but shaped more like a spider cone!
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    You're welcome. If you are tempted by the...

    You're welcome. If you are tempted by the Kumalae, ask for the action at the 12th fret (top of fret to bottom of strings) to be measured. I'd expect it to be between 3 and 4 mm. This is high by...
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    The Anuenue is unlikely to sound anything like...

    The Anuenue is unlikely to sound anything like the Kumalae. No modern manufacturer would dare to build that light. My own Kumalae weighs 220 grams/7 ounces, and I'd guess the Anuenue weighs at least...
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    Just a note of caution here. All...

    Just a note of caution here.

    All wallet-friendly ukes are produced by a factory to a specification, and there's no money in the budget for individual adjustments. But wood is individual - even two...
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    I put Aquila Lava soprano strings on the soprano...

    I put Aquila Lava soprano strings on the soprano resonator I built, and they feel pretty low tension to me. I'd guess the concert strings on a concert would too. Definitely lower tension* than...
  14. As a vastly less-experienced hobby builder with...

    As a vastly less-experienced hobby builder with about 50 under my belt, my perception is that the sound is very largely from the builder. I can't reliably build for a particular sound, and what seems...
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    Go for a plum top. It will be unusual, and if...

    Go for a plum top. It will be unusual, and if it's like cherry will sound great if you dare to make it thin enough. Take it down to around 1.8mm and then see how it flexes. Unless it flexes along the...
  16. I don't think scale length will be a problem,...

    I don't think scale length will be a problem, you'll adapt with a little practice.

    More important is what you want to play.

    If you want to learn strumming and chord melodies, with picking as an...
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    Buzz where? Open string, fret X, all frets? ...

    Buzz where? Open string, fret X, all frets?

    And is this new, or was it always there? If new, have you just changed your brand of strings.

    Lots of causes of buzzing, and this information can...
  18. It should last for years, at the very least. ...

    It should last for years, at the very least.

    I've read about repairs using dental products, set with UV light, but I'm pretty sure a new Tusq nut would be cheaper (unless you're already a dentist).
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    Returning to the uke itself, I've played half a...

    Returning to the uke itself, I've played half a dozen of Ken's ukes and they were all extremely good indeed. They are also remarkably consistent - some might be a fraction better (I think I'm lucky...
  20. Without a photo I'm guessing for your instrument,...

    Without a photo I'm guessing for your instrument, but this is what I'd do if I built a uke with no sound hole.

    All joints are best with full wood-to-wood contact, so I wouldn't weight down the...
  21. Anything which transmits sound well should work -...

    Anything which transmits sound well should work - a good test is to drop it on a hard surface and see if it rings or thuds.

    Beyond that, it's a question of what sound you want and how easy the...
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    Dear Mary Agnes, I had no intention to dig at...

    Dear Mary Agnes, I had no intention to dig at your partner. Sorry if it came over that way. I had in mind the generality of builders, who tend to build to a reasonably standardised set of designs,...
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    Pete's point about professionals needing to be...

    Pete's point about professionals needing to be conservative is important. If an experiment doesn't work, they have to fix it or refund the customer. That's not a feasible business model.

    But...
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    Yup, dreadful for a new player because they think...

    Yup, dreadful for a new player because they think it's their error not the instrument. Mostly the reason is a dreadful nut, and this could have been avoided by using a zero fret :)

    I build with...
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    I use a zero fret the same size as the rest, no...

    I use a zero fret the same size as the rest, no problems if you level the frets accurately.
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