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  1. hollisdwyer

    Samba Ole - A Covid Lockdown Collaboration

    This is a Covid Isolation collaboration with 2 friends who I play with at a local Melbourne Australia Uke group. The piece is from a video tutorial by Samatha Muir who focuses on classical and ancient music. It was originally arranged for two melody parts and a rhythm strumming part. I added a...
  2. hollisdwyer

    Barron River 8 String Tenor Road Test

    This is a first recording of my new Barron River 8 string tenor(Black LImba body and Lutz Spruce top, passive K&K Aloha pickup) crafted by Allen McFarlan (Barron River Ukuleles, Queensland Australia) . No EFX, just patched through one of my LR Baggs pre-amps to boost the passive signal and then...
  3. hollisdwyer

    Barron River 8 String Road Test

    This is a first recording of my new Barron River 8 string tenor(Black LImba body and Lutz Spruce top, passive K&K Aloha pickup) crafted by Allen McFarlan (Barron River Ukuleles) . No EFX, just patched through one of my LR Baggs pre-amps to amplify the passive signal and then via an iRig Pro to...
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    Instructions for uploading video to Use Talk

    Are there instructions on recommended ways to upload videos to threads on UU? I've looked but can't seem to find any.
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    Belated NUD - Barron River 8 String Tenor - Black Limba & Lutz Spruce

    The NUD was really last week but I'm suffering from Plague induced time dilation perceptual dissonance and rarely know what day it is lately. Anyway last week I received another wonderfull instrument from Allen McFarlen (Barron River Guitars and Ukuleles). This acquisition rounds off the...
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    Low tension strings for tenor 8 string recommendations

    I’ve been using a ‘Frankenstein’ set of strings for my 4 string tenors and concert Ukes for a few years now. They’re a mix of Savarez trebles and Thomastik-Infeld chrome flat wound bases. I love this set so when I commissioned a new 8 string tenor I supplied an 8 string set version to the...
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    Concert or Tenor Beginners Uke with 1.5 inch Nut Width?

    A friend has asked me for advice re purchasing a first Uke that has a nut width of 1.5 inches. I recommended a budget of US$125-150. Most that I have looked at have been 1&3/8”. Can anyone recommend some instruments that are in this zone?
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    Trade Hoffmann Ebony Baritone for Beansprout Tenor 5 string Banjolele

    This may be the most specific and non achievable offer to trade ever posted here but it never hurts to ask. My Ebony and Red Spruce Hoffmann Lutherie Baritone ( MiSi pu and other options) hasn’t been getting the playing time that it used to but I am reluctant to sell such a fine instrument. I...
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    For Trade, EOI, Hoffmann Ebony & Spruce Baritone for Beansprout 5 string tenor banjo

    FT Hoffmann Ebony Baritone for Beansprout 5 string tenor banjolele This may be the most specific and non achievable offer to trade ever posted here but it never hurts to ask. My Ebony and Red Spruce Hoffmann Lutherie Baritone hasn’t been getting the playing time that it used to but I am...
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    Advice Please for Uke Group Wanting to Take First Steps Towards Amplification

    I'm no newbie to individual instrument amplification and have had experience as a film sound recordist, but I have no experience with designing a reasonably priced sound system for the Uke group that I am currently playing with. I would appreciate some guidance for these parameters: Group size...
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    NUD Anuenue 2012 Flame Maple Soprano

    I saw this on the local Facebook Marketplace and purchased it for my wife after trying it out. It has a sweet sound and good playability but I can’t find out anything about it. I can see that it has Grover tuners, a bone nut and saddle and nice binding and rosette. The intonation is good and it...
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    For Sale- Custom Built Hoffmann/Boat Paddle ML Tenor

    I'm about to travel to the USA again in a few weeks and decided to put my first custom built Uke up for sale with the view to carrying it with me and shipping it from NYC when I arrive there. It's my Boat Paddle (Hoffman Lutherie) ML Tenor. Cocobolo back and sides and master grade Red Spruce...
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    Suggestions for an acoustic amp for a twin output Anuenue Moonbird

    A friend asked me for a recommendation for an amp for her Anuenue Moonbird that has two phono jack outputs. One for the under saddle piezo and one for the internal mic. I really don’t know what to suggest. Is a small mixer into a single channel amp the way to go or should she consider an amp...
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    Fan vs Ladder Bracing Tests with Worth Browns and Custom Set-Is there a difference?

    Fan vs X Bracing Tests with Worth Browns and Custom Set-Is there a difference? One of the people that I play with when I am in Perth, Western Australia is an amateur luthier. I say amateur only because he never sells any of his work. He either raffles them off to benefit children in hospital...
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    Fan vs Ladder Bracing Tests with Worth Browns and Custom String Set

    Fan vs X Bracing Tests with Worth Browns and Custom String Set One of the people that I play with when I am in Perth, Western Australia is an amateur luthier. I say amateur only because he never sells any of his work. He either raffles them off to benefit children in hospital who are learning...
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    FS - Collings UC2 Concert - Reverse Auction

    I'm flying out of Australia to visit a friend in Hawaii on Thursday 23rd May and I thought I'd take advantage of being in the USA to sell and ship the Collings UC2 Concert Uke that I was planning to sell soon. I can carry it on board to make sure it arrives on USA soil in the best of condition...
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    Buying and selling from/to new/low activity UU members

    Today a new for sale post appeared in the Marketplace for what many would see as a very desirable Uke. Besides the OP not following any of the guidelines regarding how to post a FS thread, it struck me that new or low posting members may be disadvantaged in these activities because they are...
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    Can Anyone Identity This Uke-more photos

    More photos of the mystery ukulele.
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    Can Anyone Identity This Uke

    One of the people I play with asked me if I knew anything about this Uke. It’s been in her family for a long time. There are no makers marks or logos anywhere on or inside the Uke. Tuning pegs are wooden violin like friction pegs. Here are some photos:
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    Missed a bullet or more correctly, a screwdriver

    If I was going to be stabbed, do it here! We arrived in Melbourne late last night so I didn’t discover this until this morning. I had packed this suitcase so tightly that I didn’t think anything could shift around during travel. How this little screwdriver found it way to be able to pierce the...