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  1. johnson430

    If you're ever in Hilo, Hawaii

    Buyer Beware: Hilo Ukulele & Guitar is not Hilo Guitars & Ukuleles. This guy worked for then screwed over Ken Cameron and then just switched the name when he opened his own the exact same location in Hilo. Ruthless.
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    Emotions and Keys: The Poll

    Greetings all, I have been taking some music production classes and my teacher keeps talking about the emotions of keys and how important it can be to the overall feeling of a given piece. I found this on the internet about a year ago when I was playing more uke and thought it was...
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    FS: ACE R65 Cedar/Rosewood Tenor ebony f/b with soft shell case and many EXTRAS

    I am selling my recently purchased Ace R65. This was made in China by a small group of builders working under a luthier with over 20 years experience. One of our UU members is a rep in Taiwan for these ukes and can attest to the tone and play-ability. Why I am selling? Well, I recently...
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    Holiday book bundle sale: Pekelo Book 1 Pekelo Book 2, Uke Aerobics, et al +Bonus

    MUST BE BOUGHT AS A BUNDLE See photo for all that is included in the sale: I have all the audio files in digital if the CD's are not working and can send them to the buyer. Condition: *Pekelo Book 1: Fair (back cover has come off but is still with book, cd has scratches but still works) This...
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    Help Melvin find his uke, please.

    Melvin Sings!'s personal uke was stolen. Help him recover it.
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    Uke comparison with Thomastik-Infeld/Savarez Alliance on Cedar and Spruce top tenors

    A'la UU member Hodge. I am doing a uke comparison using the same stings but on different tops by different makers. Just as the title says. A cedar/rosewood and spruce/sapele tenor uke comparison. Both strung with Thomastik-Infeld CF 27/30 and Savarez Alliance 541/542R. I have not identified...
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    Ace brand ukulele -A brief history and some build info.

    After a recent thread about Ace ukuleles that was started by SoloRule I decided to investigate this uke maker a little more. Here is the original thread: Once I found UU member and ACE artist GJ Lee on...
  8. johnson430

    Weight Weenies United

    OK, we have all heard the talk: weight matters and less is more. It is a big thing in cycling but does it really matter so much with instruments, specifically ukes? I will start off by saying I have what UU member coolkayaker once dubbed as a "Bricklove". Funny thing is, if all bricks sound...
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    Those are speed holes, they make it go faster.

    OK, not really. But what about drilling holes in the bracing to increase volume and sustain? Here is a short article from a Texas luthier about the concept. So, who has tried it? Who wants to try it in their next build?
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    Tenor scale length 17 vs 18"

    So what is the difference? Does 18" add more frets or more space between the frets? Thanks. ps: I did a quick google search but didn't see anything relevant, there might be something on UU but I didn't look it up because the fish are biting so I am hoping someone can help me out while I try to...
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    Ono Ukuleles: OnoMAS opinons please

    Ono Owners (or any Ono dealer. I know HMS has sold Ono ukes) Please share your experience with your Ono uke/s. I am talking about the custom made Ono ukuleles made in Oregon. Are you happy with the build quality? (from the website photos, it looks like David does meticulous work) What are your...
  12. johnson430

    FS: Soft Cotton & Genuine Leather Ukulele Strap

    FS: MUSIC FIRST Country style Soft Cotton & Genuine Leather Ukulele Shoulder Strap Version 2.0 $10 paypal friends and family and can be shipped anywhere in the CONUS. PM me for payment details. Thanks, Johnson Barely used condition(like new), please see photo. Selling because I upgraded to a...
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    NUD: Breedlove Tenor Prototype #3

    This uke was bought last month but I wanted to make sure it was a going to stay with me before doing a review. If you don't feel like reading all the words, here is my opinion in a nutshell: If you play tenor uke and a Breedlove tenor comes up for sale, buy it. So I am showing off my new...
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    The perfect rhythm demonstration?

    Rhythm demonstration for my music learning friends. <Click on the photo to enlarge>
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    Shortnin' Bread (Second variation)

    This song is from James Hill's "The Ukulele Way". Breedlove Tenor Prototype #3 Spruce/Sapele with Thomastik-Infeld CF27/CF30 and Savarez KF 541R/KF 542R Mic: Blue Yeti Software: Audacity/WIN 10. Raw recording
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    Advice from Itzhak Perlman

    He gives some great insight about practicing on the second video from the top. Read more at
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    Learning a song and the importance of a metronome

    This is how I practice. I take a song and learn it at a slower tempo with the metronome and then increase to the song's actual tempo over time. Here is a perfect example of a guitarist doing the same. First recording at a slower tempo...
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    This uke player gets a big surprise

    This kid started singing Matisyahu's "One day" and didn't know that the artist was right in front of him. NON-FACEBOOK link to the video for those who are not on FB:
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    FS: Pono MGT w/ Uke Crazy case + extras (w/ provenance)

    PM me your best offer. Motivated seller. I bought this uke new from Kent at Uke Academy on Oct. 24, 2014. The uke cost me $364 and with the case I paid a total of $419. (original receipt and placard from Uke Academy come with uke) I have also added a Iluak Cocobolo w/ mother of pearl strap...
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    Silvertone Bari mods. Help please.

    Silvertone Bari mods. There are several things I want to do to my Silvertone bari. Can I please get some help with a few things. I have searched online but would rather get some real help for professionals. First, I have access to all kinds of wood-working tools and devices at the local...