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  1. hendulele

    As seen on TV … The Raleigh Uke Jam?

    We helped host an open uke jam at the recent World of Bluegrass festival and I pitched a story to the local media sponsor. The idea: come on down, play a ukulele at a music festival! The station caught us playing at a local senior center. The segment was pushed back because Hurricane Ian had its...
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    Open Uke Jam at World of Bluegrass festival, October 1!

    Hello all, While Bob Gross may have written “Ukuleles Aren’t Allowed in Bluegrass (Because Bill Monroe Never Had One in His Band)”, bluegrass royalty will welcome ukers to its biggest get-together this October! The annual World of Bluegrass Festival, sponsored by the International Bluegrass...
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    SOTU 543: That Building is Brill!

    Hi Seasonistas! This week we'll celebrate the songwriters and the hits that came from the Brill Building in New York City, primarily in the 1950s and 1960s. Professor Wikipedia's entry is here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brill_Building But if you're not familiar with the Brill Building, you...
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    Is this vintage Gibson worth fixing (again)?

    Hello all, A few years ago I found a rebadged Gibson UKE1 (the music store that originally sold it put its labels on it) from the late '20s on Reverb for a great price. The ambient humidity in my house was fine so long as we weren't using the furnace, so I kept it in a humidified case during...
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    N(TM)UD: Magic Fluke Concert Surf top

    Hot off the truck from Elderly Instruments: A Magic Fluke concert with the surf design. Hardwood fretboard and gig bag. Serial # 17649 334 It's what I hoped for. It's been around the block, with a couple of dings on the top, but otherwise in great condition. Friction tuners (which are fine with...
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    Can new strings make a Martin 0XK concert sound brighter?

    Hello all. My 0XK (bought from Mim) is a wonderful everyday, most-weather uke. It has great projection in the low- and midranges. But it's missing some brightness at the top end. So I bought three sets of strings (Fremont Blacklines, Worth Clear Lights, and Martin Polyguts) to see if any of them...
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    NUD: Martin 0XK concert

    The 0XK concert is laminate koa, friction tuners, comes with Martin padded gig bag. Strap button added. Arrived yesterday from Mim, less than 72 hours after ordering! She's the best. It's for gigging and keeping beside my sofa. No need to keep in a humidified case during the winter, unlike my...
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    Anyone tried the Martin HPL concerts?

    Hi all, Looking for a new gigging uke and wonder if anyone has taken one of the OXK concerts for a test spin yet. I liked the soprano 0XKs. Rehomed mine to finance another acquisition. Any thoughts about the concerts?
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    Season of the Ukulele 489: SCAT!!!

    [ Hello, happy people! This week, bring us songs with nonsense words in the title, lyrics, bridge, whatever. We're talking: dialect doggerel onomatopoeia authentic frontier gibberish Anything you're unlikely to find in a reputable abridged dictionary. RULES :rulez: 1) video should be...
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    Thinning and consolidating

    A question for the table, friends -- We're downsizing and I'm going to thin the herd from the current 12 to maybe six. But I also want to add a contemporary (not vintage) soprano to the flock. Could be new or second-hand. Preferably in the $500-$700 range. I adore the classic Martin shape...
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    VNUD: 1950s Harmony Roy Smeck soprano

    Hi folks, I couldn't resist this, especially after seeing Sheryl Crow play one of what looks like the laminate '50s or '60s Harmonys in her present to Ringo Starr for his 80th birthday. The price was right on eBay, though I knew it had at least one problem (cracked) tuning peg, C string. (The...
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    My mysterious vintage ukulele (What is it?)

    I found this lovely soprano on eBay several months ago, advertised as a 1920s Gibson. The price was right, considering condition, and I bought it. I haven't regretted it for a minute. It's an amazing player even with the obvious issues (dings, a chip of the surface missing at the larger part of...
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    VNUD: 1920s Gibson Style 1

    Just bought this gem on eBay! A beautiful late '20s Gibson Style 1 relabeled and sold by Black, Derges & Marshall, a music store in Peoria, Illinois. The Gibson decal on the headstock was covered by a plate with the store's name (as many retailers did at the time with Gibsons, Regals, and...
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    Season 411: Missed Opportunities, Second Chances, and Do-Overs

    Hi everyone! As you may know, a couple of weeks ago I had a nasty spill. Fractured a couple of ribs and my shoulder. The healing proceeds, BUT among the consequences of my fall: It ruined a lot of plans we had for our extended holiday break. So I'm trying to make the proverbial lemonade...
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    N(FM)UD: Enya Nova U light blue!

    Folks, This is a gem. I posted a thread asking about possible car ukes, and jer (who commented several times) made his available at a very generous sale point. It arrived yesterday! The pastel blue was a bit stunning at first, but it grew on me very quickly. It's very sturdy, comfortable to...
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    Car uke: Outdoor, Enya, or (shudder) Waterman?

    Greetings, Seeking as close to a quality all-weather uke as you can find for a reasonable price. (Sorry, Blackbird.) It must be soprano or concert scale. I can’t play tenor (or Klos would be an option.) I’ve played the Waterman soprano and hated it. The action, intonation, sound. The concert...
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    Overcoming low action on a uke that's designed that way

    Awhile back, I picked up a pre-owned Famous by Kiwaya FS-1 at a very good price. It is as advertised: light, resonant, a delight to play. And since it's laminate, I can keep it out year-round and not have to put it in a humidified case during the winter. The past couple of months, it's not...
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    Season of the Ukulele 387: Shapes of Things

    Hi Seasonistas! In this season, you have choices: Bring up to 4 songs. Your options are 1) using a non-standard ukulele. No double-bouts. So ... banjoleles, Fleas, Flukes, boat-paddle shapes, cigar boxes, be creative! (Trent and lynda, I have high expectations!) 2) performing a song with a...
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    VNUD: Lyon & Healy 'Mauna Loa' soprano

    Hi folks! Just picked up (on eBay) this Mauna Loa soprano from Lyon & Healy. For about $80. It's no 'newer' than 1927, but could be from 1925. It's in remarkably good shape but still needs some work. The finish is great. The frets are a bit rough and a couple may be popping up. There are a...
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    NU(FM)D: Ohana SK-28

    Hi folks, I just bought this on the Marketplace from Swamp Yankee (Brian). Great transaction, terrific uke! UU is DA BOMB