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J_Tay81
12-29-2010, 02:00 PM
Despite the holiday delay, the mail lady was kind to me. My 80-year-old uke was delivered in great condition. I switched out the strings for some Fremont Black lines, and am fairly happy with it. She's open backed, so a little on the quiet side. Somebody replaced the vellum awhile ago with a synthetic. I ordered a circle of goat skin and a new bridge to upgrade it a bit. Do you think that will make a difference in sound and projection?

philxbx
12-29-2010, 02:22 PM
I would imagine any new bits would help the sound of it.
Can I ask what sort it is? I have an ol' Keech and I love it!!

Phil

J_Tay81
12-29-2010, 03:41 PM
I would imagine any new bits would help the sound of it.
Can I ask what sort it is? I have an ol' Keech and I love it!!

Phil

It's a Kunzel Brand Loreley (I think I spelled that correctly). 13" scale, 7.5" pot. Bird's eye maple with an ebony fretboard.

mm stan
12-29-2010, 05:20 PM
Aloha J_Tay81,
Congrats on your new ole Lorely banjo uke...It sounds to me like a little low volume and bright...Have Fun and Enjoy!! Happy Strummings and Happy New Year!! MM Stan..

KamakOzzie
12-29-2010, 08:09 PM
Somebody replaced the vellum awhile ago with a synthetic. I ordered a circle of goat skin and a new bridge to upgrade it a bit.

Did the original flesh hoop come with it, or are you ordering/making one for it?

Bill

J_Tay81
12-30-2010, 09:36 AM
Did the original flesh hoop come with it, or are you ordering/making one for it?

Bill

The original flesh hoop did NOT come with it; its a synthetic. Somebody at one time made a 7" skin hea. I was going to replace the head with goatskin, but decided against it for the time being. I'll still replace the bridge, though.

J_Tay81
12-31-2010, 08:20 AM
Actually, a correction to my last post - being the guy I am, I had to take apart the banjo uke to see how everything worked (I know, I'm weird like that).

When I got the old synthetic head off, I realized how cheap and flimsy it was. It was like an old worn out vinyl tablecloth we used to take to parks for picnics when I was a kid! It had holes and so forth around where the hoops and tension rings attached. It looked like it was about ready to go, so I ordered a 12" goatskin from ukuleleworld.com and will replace it as a (hopefully) fun winter break project.

Anybody have any good links or pics to show how to tackle this project?

Happy New Year!

John