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  1. You should definitely check out the Mainland Red...

    You should definitely check out the Mainland Red Cedar tenor--I was at the shop in Nashville just one time, with no intention of buying anything, but walked out with a Red Cedar/Rosewood tenor that...
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    As you say, many with small/medium hands excel...

    As you say, many with small/medium hands excel playing 6 steel strings on a 25.4" scale, so 4 nylon strings on a 23" scale will be just a matter of getting used to it. I think you'll be fine should...
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    Congrats on your forthcoming Kala! Is that one...

    Congrats on your forthcoming Kala! Is that one of the USA models? I haven't had the opportunity to try one, but I bet it will be fantastic, given other instruments I've seen from the same workshop....
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    Thanks for the input. Given my previous...

    Thanks for the input. Given my previous Instrument Acquisition Syndromes, I think there's a good chance I may evenutally end up with a "real" 5-string. But I gotta say I love my re-entrant banjo...
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    Ukulele --> 5 String Banjo

    My ukulele playing is primarily focused on Clawhammer right now, and I'm thinking about a trip into the Banjo world to continue my obsession. I've already got a Gold Tone banjo ukulele that I'm...
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    I've got a Mainland Cedar/Rosewood Tenor, and to...

    I've got a Mainland Cedar/Rosewood Tenor, and to date, the Martin 620s are my favorite string. Same for my solid Cedar/laminate Acacia Kala. I was so impressed with the sound that I put Martins on...
  7. The project is now fully funded! The last donor...

    The project is now fully funded! The last donor was not someone local, so I can't help but wonder if it was someone who saw it here, in which case: Thank you so much for your generosity!

    To...
  8. Thanks for all this great info. I'm going to...

    Thanks for all this great info. I'm going to send a link to this thread to the teacher.
  9. I'm not sure. I've only had a chance to talk...

    I'm not sure. I've only had a chance to talk with her briefly about it, but it looks like the Donor's Choose platform requires detailed, itemized descriptions of exactly where the money will go, so...
  10. My daughter's elementary school is starting a Ukulele program!

    We're fortunate to have a great elementary school which my daughter attends. The music teacher is an absolute gem, and she's just started fundraising for a ukulele program. Of course I'm thrilled...
  11. Thank you for sharing this. I'm so angry and...

    Thank you for sharing this. I'm so angry and depressed about this horrific event, and all the other similar ones, past and, yes, future. Your song helps make clear the ridiculous cycle in which we...
  12. Thanks for all the helpful information in this...

    Thanks for all the helpful information in this thread. It's now clear that there are some great deals out there. While still very interested in trying an older Martin, it looks like I'll be...
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    I like the Martins a lot on my cedar Kala--full,...

    I like the Martins a lot on my cedar Kala--full, round tone with great sustain.
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    Thanks! Just the sort of recommendation I was...

    Thanks! Just the sort of recommendation I was hoping for.
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    Speaker cable recommendation?

    Just noticed that one of my cats has been chomping on my stereo's speaker cables to the point where they need to be replaced. Anyone have a recommendation for 8' foot cables with banana plugs that...
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    On a whim, I also picked up one of these from Uke...

    On a whim, I also picked up one of these from Uke Republic a month or so ago. I really like the traditional look compared to some of the other relatively inexpensive banjo ukes out there, and...
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    I'm sure someone better qualified than me will...

    I'm sure someone better qualified than me will answer soon, but this is how I understand it: True friction tuners are a 1:1 ratio--one full turn of the peg button yields one string wrap. The...
  18. Thanks for all the great advice! I'll be...

    Thanks for all the great advice! I'll be following up on a few of the suggestions.

    A new soprano is definitely a possibility. I've got a Mainland tenor that I really like, and I'm only an hour...
  19. Thinking about an older Martin soprano--what to look for?

    So far (just 6 months) I've been interested primarily in tenors, though I do have a cheap concert that I enjoy. But I think it's time to try a soprano. There are obviously lots of great options out...
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    I've just ordered some low G strings, and it...

    I've just ordered some low G strings, and it looks to me like if you go with a wound G, the diameter may be close enough to nylon/fluorocarbon that you won't need to modify the nut. That's what I'm...
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    Very nicely done! I'll be printing these out!!

    Very nicely done! I'll be printing these out!!
  22. Thanks for the input! I was hoping that...

    Thanks for the input! I was hoping that eventually all the stretch would get stretched out of the strings, such that they'd stabilize pretty quickly at different tensions. That was apparently a...
  23. Changing tuning back and forth: affect on strings?

    I'm working through Aaron Keim's Clawhammer Ukulele Book (which is excellent), and he's got a number of songs where the first and fourth string are both tuned to the same note, either G or A,...
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    Resurrecting this old thread 'cause now that I've...

    Resurrecting this old thread 'cause now that I've got three tenors, I'm thinking I want to make one a low G. I've tried 6 or 7 different reentrant string sets, and I've settled on the Martin 620s as...
  25. Wow. I have 0 interest in the trash talking,...

    Wow. I have 0 interest in the trash talking, money flaunting, and gruesome bludgeoning of professional fighting, be it boxing or mma. But I still love this song!
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