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haole
07-15-2009, 04:05 PM
Seems like today was New Uke Day for quite a few people. ;) And it was for me too, in a way.

My old Harmony soprano had some serious issues for a while. The original tuners had messed up the wood on the back of the headstock pretty bad, and the bridge slots were so worn out that the G and A strings simply couldn't anchor in it without shooting out. It sat on my couch with no strings for about a month and a half while I thought about what to do with it.

So I got a set of cheap friction tuners for $1.99 and a pretty decent new bridge on eBay and made it playable again! Tuners were easy to install once I drilled them out. (Pretty sure Uki has the old ones now!) Bridge came off when I heated up the glue with a hairdryer and pried it off with a spackle knife. The new one is about 1/4" farther down on the body, because the original one wasn't placed well for proper intonation. The action is a little higher now, but the weird buzzes are gone and it plays a lot more in tune than it used to.

Might have to use this in a video again soon!

New bridge (pretty funky-looking but does the job right!)
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v34/brushfirefairytale/harmony.jpg

And the classy new tuners.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v34/brushfirefairytale/newtuners.jpg

Raygf
07-15-2009, 04:12 PM
Congratulations on reviving your old Harmony. Would love to see a video.
Regards,
Ray