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    Just received the Ovation, it has a made in Korea label. I guess each person has their own idea of good projection, I find this one is plenty good for me, better than many I've played before. The color isn't near what the photo showed and the seller didn't even dust it off, but that's OK.

    WAIT! I opened it up to change the battery (which was not difficult) and discovered a bunch of bug remnants, dead larvae and a couple of live bugs, truly disgusting. I just sent a message through eBay that I'm returning it for a full refund plus my shipping cost. My first negative experience with an eBay seller after many years of purchases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Just received the Ovation, it has a made in Korea label. I guess each person has their own idea of good projection, I find this one is plenty good for me, better than many I've played before. The color isn't near what the photo showed and the seller didn't even dust it off, but that's OK.

    WAIT! I opened it up to change the battery (which was not difficult) and discovered a bunch of bug remnants, dead larvae and a couple of live bugs, truly disgusting. I just sent a message through eBay that I'm returning it for a full refund plus my shipping cost. My first negative experience with an eBay seller after many years of purchases.
    YIKES. That's gross!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Just received the Ovation, it has a made in Korea label. I guess each person has their own idea of good projection, I find this one is plenty good for me, better than many I've played before. The color isn't near what the photo showed and the seller didn't even dust it off, but that's OK.

    WAIT! I opened it up to change the battery (which was not difficult) and discovered a bunch of bug remnants, dead larvae and a couple of live bugs, truly disgusting. I just sent a message through eBay that I'm returning it for a full refund plus my shipping cost. My first negative experience with an eBay seller after many years of purchases.
    Sorry about that Mike - I know how bad you wanted this uke, but at that price, with the 'gift' of insects, I too would send it back for a refund. I hope you took photos of the bugs just in case you need to file a dispute with ebay and/or Paypal in order to get your money back.

    Also, before the seller deletes the listing or changes it and BEFORE you notify them, PRINT the ebay listing to a PDF file so you can prove that they did not disclosed the infestation and also that with the pictures that YOU take, the uke was dusty and colors did not match, i.e., you MAY need evidence for later, and you need to capture it all now before it goes away...
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    The seller immediately agreed to refund and pay the return shipping. I did take photos, including the poor job of packaging. I actually did a much better job in a proper ukulele shipping box I had with foam wrap and blocks.

    Here are the bug shots. When I turned over the uke, all that larvae residue fell out. There's actually a live bug down the hole where the copper wire goes through the wood.

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    I have an old Applause tenor, I love the way it feels and plays but I too have never found the right strings for. It always sounds tinny and thin to me but the intonation is spot on perfect.
    I always model my homemade tenor necks around my Applause.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Uker View Post
    I have an old Applause tenor, I love the way it feels and plays but I too have never found the right strings for. It always sounds tinny and thin to me but the intonation is spot on perfect.
    I always model my homemade tenor necks around my Applause.
    Tinny & thin...is that acoustically, plugged in, or both? I was surprised that superb uker Ian Emmerson plays only an Applause UAE-20 on gigs. I guess maybe they sound good plugged in, but not unplugged.
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    It sounded good to me unplugged before I found the bugs, not thin or tinny.


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