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    Koa is very variable. Some is very soft, some...

    Koa is very variable. Some is very soft, some hard. A hard piece works well - I've made a couple.
  2. I've seen them both live - highly recommended. ...

    I've seen them both live - highly recommended.

    Sorry I can't be there Zoe - I live the other side of the country. But anyone near enough should hurry to book tickets!
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    I'm interpreting you to mean that what you want...

    I'm interpreting you to mean that what you want is less sustain, because the notes are running into each other and muddying the music.

    In that case, rule out all fluorocarbons. No matter how...
  4. If you have any offcuts of the body material, do...

    If you have any offcuts of the body material, do test on those first! Just in case the final effect is really horrid :(
  5. Should have added that leather dyes are thought...

    Should have added that leather dyes are thought to work well. I can't see why Waterlox on the top wouldn't work, but you never know with finishing, so maybe a coat of shellac in between the dyed wood...
  6. I'd say don't try black! Even with lots of wet...

    I'd say don't try black! Even with lots of wet sanding and buffing, every little imperfection in the finish glares at you.

    Maybe consider staining/dyeing the body red and then giving it a clear...
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    Thanks Graham. I've set up nearly 100 instruments...

    Thanks Graham. I've set up nearly 100 instruments I reckon, so I've had practice. When I build one I like it to sound as in tune as possible (accepting that perfectly in tune isn't achievable).
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    I forgot to add that some bargain basement ukes...

    I forgot to add that some bargain basement ukes are hopeless because the frets aren't even in the right place. But once you get to Kala or equivalent, that's vanishingly unlikely. If this is a $20...
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    These discussions are frustrating because most...

    These discussions are frustrating because most people suggest a single solution. Obviously check for defective strings, and if the uke is close but not close enough then a different type of string...
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    I'd fit new tuners to make it usable. I'd go for...

    I'd fit new tuners to make it usable. I'd go for friction tuners (unless you're playing it professionally on stage, in which case the geared planetaries might be better). Except for professional use,...
  11. I wouldn't try low G on a soprano. Even a wound...

    I wouldn't try low G on a soprano. Even a wound string would be too thick compared to its length, and will sound "thuddy" and have poor intonation. Physics is against you with a soprano :)

    Low G...
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    Heat does reactivate Titebond to some extent but...

    Heat does reactivate Titebond to some extent but the joint is distinctly weaker. As the fretboard is unstressed, I reckon you should be OK if the gap doesn't open up within the next couple of weeks.
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    On the resort I made the saddle is quite high,...

    On the resort I made the saddle is quite high, maybe 3/8. Works fine.

    So plan for your saddle top to end up around there. The strings will be a little lower because of the notches. If you get it...
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    Rob Collins (Yorkshire) or Liam Kirby (Bristol)...

    Rob Collins (Yorkshire) or Liam Kirby (Bristol) could deal with difficult restoration issues.

    If you're looking at comparatively simple issues then there are quite a few builders who could fix...
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    And assume the cone will sink maybe 1-1.5mm under...

    And assume the cone will sink maybe 1-1.5mm under string pressure, so leave enough saddle to allow final adjustment once you find out how much when you string it up.
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    I'd go further and say, forget the idea of...

    I'd go further and say, forget the idea of mapping fingers to frets. That's not important. What is important is making an easy transition to the next chord.

    Suppose I play the sequence C Am Dm7...
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    Most ukulele groups have at least one member who...

    Most ukulele groups have at least one member who can do basic setups (for beer). Worth at least finding that person, to see if they can work out the problem and how to fix it. A luthier should do a...
  18. Rob Collins at www.tinguitar.com will very likely...

    Rob Collins at www.tinguitar.com will very likely be able to help you, plus he's a really nice guy!
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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...
  25. 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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