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    Compact Music Stand?

    Best stands there are. I use the 118 that includes a bag but also fits into a large purse or small knapsack. http://herculesstands.com/international/products/music/stands/
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    Compact Music Stand?

    If you want just a table stand then the popular small foldable uke stands work together with a clipboard or other hard surface at the back. For a floor stand I have a Hercules one that also can be used outdoors if I put a foot on it during windy conditions. Other small foldable stands are too...
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    New Uke Opening Up

    The opening up happens only to instruments that are absolutely exquisite and perfect to start with, and as a result get played a lot and with love and passion. If it is a cheap mass produced instrument that has only the faintest imperfection it will not open up no matter what.
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    FS: Like new Ohana Mahogany Taropatch

    Oh my I really don't want another uke but a few years ago I wanted one of these so badly and couldn't find one. Can you give me an idea how much shipping to Canada might be?
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    anyone using nylon (rather than fluoro) fishing line?

    There are several different types of nylon and the type used for fishing is not necessarily the same as string manufacturers use for strings. Let's see if there are reports of fishing line brands suitable as strings.
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    When is it a good time to try low G?

    I think I meant strokes not strums, and was specifically referring to chord melody. Check out the Wilfried Welti materials for examples https://www.youtube.com/user/wwelti/videos
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    What strings to "convert" tenor to baritone pitch

    Interesting. I assume that fat 036 string is also polished brass?
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    When is it a good time to try low G?

    The re-entrant tuning is part of the uke design, and yeah there are five fewer notes compared to low G. But all instruments have limitations and the re-entrant tuning opens up possibilities of playing that are not possible on linear instrument. For example chord melody is very popular on uke and...
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    NUD: Worth The Wait

    Just a wee upgrade from the Ohana. Congrats!
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    What strings to "convert" tenor to baritone pitch

    Nice, Aquila also has a New Nylgut set.
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    Tenor regrets?

    I like my tenors but love the concert. For me the reasoning to go to tenor is that longer scale and bigger body support lower tuned strings, so this opens up alternatives like linear tuned with low G, re-entrant dgbe, as well as 5,6, and 8 string configurations that use lower strings as well. If...
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    5th tuning, benefits and drawbacks

    Yes there are many materials for mandolin and also tenor guitar, both tabs and chord sheets. I have also strung an extra concert uke with a fifth set to learn scales and chords as I have many Fiddle and Mando friends that inspire me. Alas I don't like it at all. The two wound strings are too...
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    Catgut strings.

    I think I will stick with vegan strings.
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    Don’t buy this, please!

    I think that's the store in the Sheraton. Not a huge store but definitely worth visiting.
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    When you can play a D# that’s not an Eb

    Yes that came to my mind first when this thread was started. There is some nice summary of this on Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Well-Tempered_Clavier?wprov=sfla1 And also a nice article on the temperaments https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_temperament?wprov=sfla1
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    Catgut strings.

    Thanks. I think that the higher end strings also had a final grinding and polishing stage so they would be smooth and of consistent thickness. Aquila has some nice documentation of their process https://aquilacorde.com/en/in-depth-information-lamb-gut/
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    Concert strings on a soprano for more punch ?

    No you need to apply more force to stretch a thicker string to get the same vibrational frequency than a thinner string. It is very obvious with steel guitar strings that are sold in different thickness ranges.
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    Concert strings on a soprano for more punch ?

    No they used actual gut strings in those days. There are some tension tables and online calculators available where tension of most available string sets can be looked up for different scales at standard tuning
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    Concert strings on a soprano for more punch ?

    If you look at old Martin catalogues you will notice that they only sold one uke string set that was supposed to be used on both sizes. Many modern string sets are also useable for different sizes. Actually, it is the intended purpose of the concert size to increase tension for more volume and a...
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    When you can play a D# that’s not an Eb

    Many instruments in orchestras such as wind instruments, violins etc don't have fixed intervals. But I wonder if the average string quartet will play a piece in F# any different than a piece in Gb.