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  1. Mxyzptik

    Need new strings on my Collings Tenor.

    I haven’t posted in a long time but here goes. I just got my Collings tenor back after it being in the shop for a long time and it needs new strings. I tune low g and had been using Southcoast Light medium gauge linear set with wound bases and I think it really sounded great. I’ m not much of a...
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    Transition from uke to guitalele

    I just received my new Yamaha GL1 in the mail today. I’m looking for some advice in a strategy to make the transition. I play a tenor ukulele currently. I mostly finger pick versus strum, kind of a ( hybrid Travis pick style) or chord melody style and also pick arpeggios. I play the piano but I...
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    Help with “It’s all in the Movies”

    Been trying to figure out the chords to the Merle Haggard version of It’s all in the Movies . Looked at the usual sites that I use and find several suggesting G6 and Dmaj7 however this is just not working ? Another suggested Dmaj7 and Amaj7 , nope ! When I pick the melody along with the tube...
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    Travel advice re: Cites

    After using the search function and reading a number of threads on CITES I am more confused than ever. I am planning a trip to Ethiopia in January and am wondering , can I travel with my COLLINGS UT2 as it relates to Rose wood restrictions ?
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    Help, I need a song for Ethiopia

    Hi all, I haven’t posted in quite some time but am still here reading and learning from everyone. I have the good fortune of travelling to Ethiopia in January to oversee some International development projects that I am involved with. Naturally I will be travelling with my Ukulele. I am...
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    Tenor banjo help please

    Lately I've been thinking about banjo's and banjoles a fair bit so yesterday I took the drive into the city to shop. My favourite music store hadn't carried much in the way of banjoles so I was pleasantly surprised to see the Deering goodtime tenore banjoles in stock, however after playing...
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    Problems with A string on Southcoast LML-WB

    About two months back I switched from my low g Living Waters to a set of Southcoast LML-WB on my Collings UT2, just for a change. I liked the Living Waters but tired of the thudding sound of the low g. At first I really liked the news Southcoast strings, they were a little tougher on my...
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    How to install Southcoast LML-WB strings ?

    I just received my new strings in the mail today. I have been using flourocarbons but wanted to try something different. My new ones are Southcoast Light Medium Gauge Linear set with Polished Wound Basses. Is there anything I need to know for installation? I'm putting them on a Collings UT2...
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    Recent experience at my uke shop

    I recently bought a used kala baritone that was hanging in a thrift shop, it had a knot of the old string pulled up inside the bridge and I couldn't get it out so I took it to the shop I frequent for help. I thought, well I better take my Collings tenor back to the shop for a visit at the...
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    Questions re: Kala KA-B mahogany series

    I've been thinking about a baritone lately and low and behold there hanging in a second hand store in my little town is a KA-B that is brand new. It doesn't look like it was ever played. At first I thought it was a tenor as it just didn't seem much bigger than my tenor but after looking at their...
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    Banjo uke's or banjole's 101 lesson please

    Ok folks, unlike many of you, I haven't suffered from UAS . I started a few years ago with a Fender Nohea tenor , upgraded to a Collings and then just played and played and played. Recently watching the SOTU someone posted a link to a utube video of Tom Hartford playing a banjo uke and toe...
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    Guidng principles for set composition ?

    So, I am looking for your collective wisdom of a list of guiding principles to use in constructing an entertaining set. I will start by saying that I have a repertoire of about 20 songs that I can do start to finish by memory including knowing the lyrics. My public playing is limited to...
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    Yamaha THR5A amp

    I just purchased this little amp yesterday and at first blush WOW, I have a Roland AC33 which I like but this new Yamaha is 1/4 th size so it will go in my suitcase when I travel. It seems to really pack a punch to, we'll see what it works like on batteries. Now I get to spend the day screwing...
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    iTunes gift card - what to buy ?

    My son in law gave me a $50 iTunes gift card yesterday. I'd be interested in hearing others thoughts on must have albums. I listen to almost everything, I love the crooners, jazz singers like Eva Cassidy and Melody Gardot. I already have all the Beatles, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt and some...
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    Oops, what have I done ?

    I have had a rather unfortunate occurance while restringing and I'm sick about. I'd be interested in what to do to fix my problem. The Ukulele is a Collings UT2 mahogany and the Strings are Living waters low g . I have used these strings on this Uke since it was new with no concerns. In fact I...
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    Where has Buc McMaster gone ?

    Anyone know where Buc went? I really enjoyed his videos, especially song choice. He hasn't posted for more than a month that I can tell .
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    Problems with Roland AC33 ( no power)

    I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this problem. I have a 1 year old Roland AC 33 amp, there doesn't seem to be any power coming thru the on/off switch. Happens on either AC or DC power, hit the on switch and there is no little on light or anything. I have looked it over and...
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    Keeping your concentration & performance anxiety

    I am going to step out and play publicly for the first time. I am not a super player or singer but I've had good feedback from the few friends and neighbours that have heard me. My audience will be friends and some strangers likely 50/50 and will total 35 people in a small cafe. I am a...
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    Looking for " September song "

    I have recently started playing and singing a little publicly and have been flattered with the response. A friend who was recently widowed asked me to learn September Song for her. Does anyone know of a good arrangement I could work on ?
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    Shure Lavalier wireless mic or..... install a pickup ?

    So I've been looking into amplifying my uke. I found some deals on nice acoustic amps but finally settled on and purchased the Roland AC33 for all it's features especially the fact it is battery powered and portable. Then I started looking at mics. My Ukulele is a Collings UT2 Mahogany, I was...