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    Personally, I'd say that (with the possible...

    Personally, I'd say that (with the possible exception of Martin) the Golden Age of ukulele makers is right now. For Kamaka, my HF3 is new and fantastic. I suspect any made in the last 10 years...
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    Just because it is laminate that won't keep the...

    Just because it is laminate that won't keep the wood from absorbing water from the environment (or the other way around). It's just less likely to crack when that happens.
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    I second the recommendation for Mitchell's...

    I second the recommendation for Mitchell's Abrasive Cord. I use it on every new instrument I get. Makes a big difference in how smooth the nut slots are.
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    I'm interested in your opinion of the Unitune. I...

    I'm interested in your opinion of the Unitune. I tried one but was disappointed. It would not respond to any note at the 12th fret, so was useless in checking intonation.
  5. Very nice. I really like the rosette.

    Very nice. I really like the rosette.
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    Dunlop 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil. Doesn't go rancid....

    Dunlop 65 Ultimate Lemon Oil. Doesn't go rancid. https://www.jimdunlop.com/product/6554-7-10137-02282-9.do?sortby=ourPicks&refType=&from=fn&ecList=&ecCategory=
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    My recollection is that Taylor pins have a 4...

    My recollection is that Taylor pins have a 4 degree taper, while most others are 3 degree.
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    Naptha is bad news for any fretboard. Drys them...

    Naptha is bad news for any fretboard. Drys them out. Instead, just use lemon oil (or linseed) and an old tooth brush. Apply the oil and use it as a solvent for the crud on the fretboard. After a...
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    I believe the rosewood reference is for the...

    I believe the rosewood reference is for the fretboard and bridge.
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    I also find my spruce/rosewood needs a bit of...

    I also find my spruce/rosewood needs a bit of "calming down". Worth browns or Oasis Warms are good choices.
  11. Very nice!

    Very nice!
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    Peterson's iStrobosoft displays in cents, hertz,...

    Peterson's iStrobosoft displays in cents, hertz, or midi. Not a clip on though.
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    The strings will hold it in just fine. But if it...

    The strings will hold it in just fine. But if it concerns you just use two small drops of any white (Elmer's) or yellow glue. Put the nut back on, wipe off any squeeze out with a damp paper towel. ...
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    Positive thoughts to all those in harm's way. We...

    Positive thoughts to all those in harm's way. We were on the Big Island last summer. I'm sure things will look different the next time.
  15. Poll: Is Opio included within KoAloha? That would...

    Is Opio included within KoAloha? That would slant the results.
    Ko'olau is essentially a custom builder, so I'n not sure they really count.
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    Gibson and Epiphone have been owned by the same...

    Gibson and Epiphone have been owned by the same parent company since 1957, so no help there. Gibson et al. got bought by the current owners in 1986 after a previous period of gross mismanagement. ...
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    I believe many of the Kala Elite also have a...

    I believe many of the Kala Elite also have a 1-1/2" nut width, like the Kanile'a. Depends on the exact model.
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    Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson,...

    Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson, has run that company into the ground. Lots of questionable decisions about what instruments to produce and how to produce them (i.e., cheaply). If he...
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    Massage Therapy

    Massage Therapy
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    Intonation on ukes is a can of worms. But don't...

    Intonation on ukes is a can of worms. But don't get discouraged quite yet. Previous comments are correct. I'll try to expand a bit.

    The short scale is definitely a factor. You need to measure...
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    Wrong Headed

    Wrong Headed
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    Yes, taterbug mando.

    Yes, taterbug mando.
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    Although I'm a big Pono fan, I'm not sure I would...

    Although I'm a big Pono fan, I'm not sure I would recommend the mango. Especially since you want something different from the all mahogany. Listen to some sound samples at the Ukulele Site with...
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    Nice Irish tune on a fine instrument. I have the...

    Nice Irish tune on a fine instrument. I have the same, except with an Englemann spruce top. Great ukes, those Ponos.
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    Aquila, almost assuredly Supernylgut. I think...

    Aquila, almost assuredly Supernylgut. I think they come stock on every uke now :).
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