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  1. Kayak Jim

    Banjo ukes - flush vs. floating fretboard

    The majority of banjo ukes you see have a fretboard that stops at the end of the neck and is flush with the top of the head. Deerings on the other hand have an extended fret board that floats about the head. The Deering also uses a "saddle" under the conventional banjo style bridge I'm...
  2. Kayak Jim

    Program for writing down tabs?

    I'm looking for a "word processor" type program by which I can write down tabs. I don't need all the features something like Guitar Pro offers with playback, etc., and I don't need standard music notation. Currently I'm hand writing on blank four line staff paper, and it gets a bit messy...
  3. Kayak Jim

    Tabs for Jontom's 3 months of ukulele licks?

    Does anyone have the tabs for Jontom's YouTube series "Three Months of Ukulele Licks" from several years ago? I can pick up much of it from the videos but he goes through some sections pretty quickly. His old website where the tabs were apparently...
  4. Kayak Jim

    Uke shops in Oregon, Washington?

    As the title suggests, any shops you'd recommend in the Pacific NW, south of the border?
  5. Kayak Jim

    Honeytone battery life?

    For those with the Danelectro Honeytone mini amp, how long a life do you generally get from a fresh 9 v. alkaline battery? Considering getting one for travel. Thanks
  6. Kayak Jim

    Accompanying Drum Track

    I'm looking for options that provide basic drum track loops that I can use to keep a small ensemble "on track" at various tempos. A free or low cost online site would be ideal. The only one I've found is this one. The jazz tack seems pretty good and a couple others sound OK, but the simple...
  7. Kayak Jim

    End button on a uke without an end block?

    A woman in one of my groups with an inexpensive uke wants to add a strap button but the uke has no inside end block. I told her a luthier could probably insert an end block through the sound hole to reinforce the thin sides to accept the button screw. If I were doing it myself I'd consider...
  8. Kayak Jim

    Workshop heating

    I agree with others who say insulation will definitely pay off. For heating you consider one or two of these, which heat the objects not the air (used in ice rink bleachers and bus shelters),43456,43465,44590
  9. Kayak Jim

    This is why I dislike slotted bridges

    I have this one and it's great.,180,42337
  10. Kayak Jim


    Maybe 15 years ago now I took a week long course at a summer art school and made an ashiko similar to the one shown. It was a heck of a lot of fun and the days were split between drumming and building. I never progressed much beyond the "mother rhythm" but have long thought of getting back to...
  11. Kayak Jim

    WTB mahogany soprano $200's range

    I've been flipping back and forth on getting a mahog. soprano and am now kicking myself for missing out on the Favilla. Does anyone have a nice one (most any make, vintage or newer) in about the $200-250 range with hard or rigid foam case, including shipping CONUS and Paypal? Cheers Jim...
  12. Kayak Jim

    Anyone have the Susan Howell chord melody book?

    I like the arrangement she has on her website of the Ellington piece. Nice sounding and just the right amount of challenge for me. Can anyone comment on the other arrangements? Oh, and the website says "40+" arrangements, then names 19 songs "& 11...
  13. Kayak Jim

    Daniel Ho's comment about friction tuners

    Speaking of compensated saddles (in the recent thread), I was just reading Daniel Ho's article in the Spring 2015 Ukulele magazine (the one with Victoria Vox on the cover). There he says: “It is highly unlikely that you'll find a compensated saddle on a ukulele with friction tuners because...
  14. Kayak Jim

    Panjo down? dead? discontinued?

    A number of members have "Checkout my items for sale" in their message header. Clicking on that takes you to Panjo, but an error message saying it needs to be updated by an admin.
  15. Kayak Jim

    Any uke groups mid Vancouver Island?

    Contemplating a move to the left coast next year wondering if there are any group playing opportunities Nanaimo through to Campbell River?
  16. Kayak Jim

    Mango meets Koa - sound?

    Saw those and they don't appeal to me at all. YMMV
  17. Kayak Jim

    Import duty/ tax to various countries

    Occasionally somewhat asks when buying an instrument for another country what duty and tax they may have to pay when the item crosses the border. Here's a graphic from an article just published in CBC that shows the threshold below which duty/tax is not collected for goods entering Canada...
  18. Kayak Jim

    Time to start deploying your humidifiers!

    I use a LaCrosse Weather Station with 2 remotes (they also have simpler/smaller/cheaper models). This gives me my house inside temp and humidity, outside the house temp and humidity and inside my uke cabinet temp and humidity. To check calibration I bring both remote sensors inside near the...
  19. Kayak Jim

    Now we have it on VERY good authority.

    In case you need additional justification.....
  20. Kayak Jim

    Repair tools: best lighted inspection mirror?

    Maybe not "the best" but I just use one like this with a penlight held against the shaft. Light reflects off the mirror and shines into uke.