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matchubouye
03-23-2009, 09:02 PM
does putting a humidifier in the soundhole gonna make a difference?
and my other question is
how do you make your uke sound better?
i use a kala mahogany tenor


thanks in advance :shaka:

MGM
03-23-2009, 09:17 PM
how do you make your uke sound better.....practice practice practice...."perfect practice makes perfect"

ever hear a world class ukulele player play a kala...sure doesn't sound like mine when they play...even on the same instrument 10 seconds later...must be the strings?

buddhuu
03-24-2009, 12:56 AM
Heh. What MGM said about practice!

A couple of other things. Unless it came with good strings (Aquila, Worth) you might want to try changing.

Make sure the action is low enough that you can fret notes cleanly. A very high action (common on inexpensive ukes before set-up) can mean that notes are difficult to fret - especially in bar chords - and unless you keep quite a hard pressure on the strings they can sound muffled or dead.

Make sure the action isn't too low! A very, very low action can cause rattles and buzzes, and can detract from tone and volume.

Action is a balance to be struck.

Try not to clamp the uke too tightly against your body. Obviously to hold it in the common manner with no strap you do need to keep it secure but if, like me, you're a bit on the chunky side, your gut can deaden vibrations in the back of the instrument. This effect is better known to mandolin players, who sometimes use a thing called a Tone Gard to keep the back of the instrument an inch or so off the body. The same thing can happen with ukes to some extent, so try not to muffle your instrument more than you need to.

But the main thing is what MGM said.

buddhuu
03-24-2009, 01:19 AM
BTW, a humidifier isn't primarily to make your uke sound better, it's to help keep it in an environment where the wood won't dry out. If you live somewhere hot and/or dry that can damage your instrument.

deach
03-24-2009, 01:21 AM
how do you make your uke sound better.....practice practice practice...."perfect practice makes perfect"

ever hear a world class ukulele player play a kala...sure doesn't sound like mine when they play...even on the same instrument 10 seconds later...must be the strings?

LOL. That's how I feel when I listen to your soundclips on YouTube. I have to remember if I buy a uke you're demo'ing, it won't as good when I play it.

fleadermaus
03-24-2009, 11:26 AM
If it is a dampit style humidifier, the top end will lie up against the strings so you have to remove it when you are playing. If you have an archtop uke with f-holes, I guess you could leave one in there all the time.

As buddhu said, the humidifier is to prevent cracking and other damage from dry climates.