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    01-17-2019, 08:03 AM
    Based on those numbers you do indeed have a way to go. Just take it slow at the nut. Here are some tips on setups that I posted here last year. ...
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    01-14-2019, 07:50 AM
    So when your uke was back at the Klos shop, did they modify it by drilling holes through the bridge to attach the strings? If so I wonder if they...
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    01-13-2019, 09:28 AM
    Geared tuners look just fine to me. I hate friction pegs. Planetary tuners are fine, but I don't see the need for the expense over geared. And I...
    32 replies | 894 view(s)
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    01-13-2019, 07:33 AM
    In the Spring issue of Ukulele magazine Mim commented on this very point, saying that "lowering the action too much can destroy the tone of your...
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    01-12-2019, 03:25 PM
    Hmmmm.......that's certainly a tempting offer, but I'll pass for now. But a Prius test ought to be part of Barry's evaluation, wouldn't you think? ...
    112 replies | 7471 view(s)
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    01-12-2019, 12:29 PM
    besley replied to a thread Feeding fretboards in Uke Talk
    I can't imagine it makes that much difference which type of product you use, as long as you use something. (Though I've never heard of using 3 in 1...
    20 replies | 655 view(s)
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    01-12-2019, 12:20 PM
    Well I certainly agree that there were a few setup issues, but nothing that couldn't be fixed. And I wouldn't say it was a "bad" neck angle, as much...
    112 replies | 7471 view(s)
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    01-11-2019, 09:46 AM
    besley replied to a thread Sticker in Uke Talk
    Absolutely try gentle heat first. Not so hot that it burns to the touch or it will bubble the finish.
    14 replies | 522 view(s)
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    01-09-2019, 04:50 PM
    besley replied to a thread banjolele armrests in Uke Talk
    Yup, banjo ukes can be uncomfortable to hold and play, especially if they lack (as most do...) a resonator on the back. I owned a Duke 10 for while,...
    7 replies | 156 view(s)
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    01-08-2019, 11:14 AM
    besley replied to a thread Bruce Wei ukuleles in Ukulele Reviews
    One of the players in my uke jam bought one of these Wei ukes off Ebay. Initially he sort of liked it, but the setup was terrible so he took it in...
    39 replies | 4966 view(s)
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    01-07-2019, 09:44 AM
    I put all this into the same category as folks who say they can detect: a difference between bone and ebony bridge pins, a difference between...
    32 replies | 1048 view(s)
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    01-02-2019, 04:46 PM
    besley replied to a thread NUD: Blackbird Farallon in Uke Talk
    Looks great. They must have changed the thickness of the padding some, because the fit on mine is quite snug, and doesn't wiggle at all. But...
    19 replies | 965 view(s)
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    01-01-2019, 01:18 PM
    besley replied to a thread Slotted Headstocks? in Uke Talk
    The effect of break angle over the saddle and nut is something that acoustic guitarists have been arguing about since well before there even was an...
    44 replies | 1737 view(s)
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    12-29-2018, 05:50 AM
    It does sound as if the nut slot may be too low. But a quick diagnostic check is to try playing with a capo at the first fret, and see if the...
    7 replies | 180 view(s)
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    12-28-2018, 03:35 PM
    besley replied to a thread side markers in Uke Tech Support
    If you're willing to do some surgery, I've added markers by drilling small holes in the side of the fretboard and gluing in fret marker material -...
    15 replies | 531 view(s)
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    12-27-2018, 10:13 AM
    I think it's a misconception that the nut slot for a low G string would be deeper than for a high G. The bottom of the slot should be rounded, so...
    6 replies | 201 view(s)
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    12-25-2018, 12:21 PM
    besley replied to a thread banjolele advice please in Buying Tips
    Just thought I'd point out that the tenor Firefly DOES have a tunable head - unlike the smaller concert and soprano Fireflys that have a fixed drum...
    17 replies | 544 view(s)
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    12-24-2018, 02:40 PM
    besley replied to a thread banjolele advice please in Buying Tips
    Well their website says that it has "an internal stainless steel head tensioning system", so I wouldn't worry about that aspect. Getting a case to...
    17 replies | 544 view(s)
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    12-24-2018, 11:19 AM
    besley replied to a thread banjolele advice please in Buying Tips
    For a tenor banjo uke don't forget to consider the Magic Fluke Tenor Firefly or the brand new Outdoor Ukulele Tenor Banjo Uke as well. The Outdoor...
    17 replies | 544 view(s)
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    12-22-2018, 11:32 AM
    Here's my advice from last year. Iíve been doing setups on my guitars for many years, and I thought I would share a couple of hints that may...
    6 replies | 229 view(s)
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