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    Yesterday, 01:07 PM
    Cluze replied to a thread New Martin ukes in Uke Talk
    Well the FSC mahogany concert is just that, made with wood that is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood. This is a bit like buying organic...
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    01-14-2021, 09:27 AM
    Cluze replied to a thread New Martin ukes in Uke Talk
    I found this to be very surprising as well. On an otherwise premium instrument, I would not have expected budget tuners.
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    01-14-2021, 08:38 AM
    Cluze replied to a thread New Martin ukes in Uke Talk
    First, let me say to the original poster, Blank Williams, thanks for posting this. I hadn't seen any of the new stuff coming from Martin. ...
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    01-12-2021, 07:46 PM
    Cluze replied to a thread research for a movie. in Uke Talk
    To my knowledge, the ukulele really evolved into the instrument we know and love around the end of the 1800's, having been introduced to Hawaii...
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    01-08-2021, 04:20 AM
    Cluze replied to a thread Why friction tuners? in Uke Talk
    At the risk of going slightly off-topic: it would appear that not everyone has an intense dislike of friction tuners. Someone on Reverb is, as of...
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    01-07-2021, 08:51 AM
    Cluze replied to a thread My Beansprout is ready! in Uke Talk
    No, I have been rather remiss in my duties on this one, I'm afraid. Not that the instrument doesn't deserve praise and some time in the spotlight. I...
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    01-06-2021, 03:08 PM
    Cluze replied to a thread Why friction tuners? in Uke Talk
    That is a question that I am afraid *I* can't answer. I get where they are coming from, as far as the cost argument goes. There is a substantial...
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    01-06-2021, 01:26 PM
    Cluze replied to a thread Why friction tuners? in Uke Talk
    My understanding is a combination of looks (rear-facing, specifically), weight, and cost. I recall an interview with one of the KoAloha folks...
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    01-06-2021, 12:20 PM
    As one of the forum members who has *way* too many ukes (as opposed to just "too many" ukes), I don't really have a set rotation strategy. The whole...
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    12-31-2020, 05:40 AM
    I bought 9, but sold 3 in 2020. This is about the same as 2019. I'll see if I can get that first number down and that second number up in...
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    12-29-2020, 04:51 AM
    Cluze replied to a thread My Beansprout is ready! in Uke Talk
    PM received and replied to. I have found that the system doesn't really do the "sent" thing like you would expect...
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    12-26-2020, 05:14 AM
    Cluze replied to a thread Mid 2000s Kamaka HF-1 in Uke Talk
    While I am a big Kamaka fan, I don't have much experience with mid 2000's models. I've played newer ones (late twenty-teens) and older (white label...
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    12-22-2020, 05:14 PM
    It took a bit of time to actually make contact with them, but I was doing so via their "contact" form on the website, and I think the person in...
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    12-22-2020, 12:11 PM
    I think that the round holes are the original TRU bracing system. The TRU-R system has triangular holes. I think TRU-R was only on the platinum...
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    12-21-2020, 05:23 PM
    Cluze replied to a thread Why Mango? in Uke Talk
    It strongly depends on the mango. Some looks pretty tame, some looks pretty... interesting. I rather like the wild variations in the wood. The...
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    12-20-2020, 05:19 AM
    Cluze replied to a thread Three K's Comparison in Uke Talk
    I did a little bit of testing with my other Kamaka with the nylon strings still on it from the factory, and it did have a very distinctive sound. I...
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    12-20-2020, 05:15 AM
    I have a couple of ukes with the pull-through body style, and I do like those two. Basically my preference for bridges goes: 1. Tie bar 2. Through...
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    12-20-2020, 05:11 AM
    Cluze replied to a thread NUD: Kanile'a K-1 C in Uke Talk
    I've only ever had one set of Living Waters, and I loved them. There are definitely a candidate for a string change on the Kanile'a sometime down the...
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    12-20-2020, 05:10 AM
    Cluze replied to a thread NUD: Kanile'a K-1 C in Uke Talk
    Not deluxe, just got lucky! :)
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    12-19-2020, 06:48 PM
    Oh, and I know that I have said this countless times before, but I am done. My UAS is satiated. I don't need any more ukes! In the course of a week,...
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    12-19-2020, 06:40 PM
    Earlier in the week I posted about a rather unplanned NUD that was a consequence of a Black Friday sale I couldn't pass up. (A Kanile'a K-1 C.) Well,...
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    12-19-2020, 02:02 PM
    Cluze replied to a thread Three K's Comparison in Uke Talk
    I do agree that if you are a Kamaka fan, they have a certain sound... :)
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    12-19-2020, 01:36 PM
    Cluze replied to a thread Three K's Comparison in Uke Talk
    Ok, if you don't want to know which one is which, stop reading, and scroll back up.
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    12-19-2020, 01:17 PM
    Cluze replied to a thread NUD: Kanile'a K-1 C in Uke Talk
    This is a really good demonstration of how personal preferences can be. Whenever I was able to compare them in person, I always felt the Kanile'a...
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    12-19-2020, 12:56 PM
    Cluze replied to a thread NUD: Kanile'a K-1 C in Uke Talk
    Ok, I finally had a chance to take some pics: And here it is with the case, which is an awesome soft case:
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    12-19-2020, 07:14 AM
    Cluze replied to a thread Three K's Comparison in Uke Talk
    Thanks! I won't yet say here which was which, but which did you like best, A, B, or C?
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    12-19-2020, 06:56 AM
    Cluze started a thread Three K's Comparison in Uke Talk
    As I noted in a recent NUD post, I now have three different K brand koa concerts under my care; a Kamaka HF-2A (the centennial anniversary edition),...
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    12-18-2020, 12:54 PM
    Cluze replied to a thread King of the K-Brands in Uke Talk
    That's how I realized that they must be able to put the tie-bar bridges on concert instruments. But I didn't want all the bling, nor the price tag!
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    12-18-2020, 12:04 PM
    Cluze replied to a thread King of the K-Brands in Uke Talk
    Believe it or not, I have thought about this question for some time now, even before this thread appeared. I would demand a Kamaka concert, but...
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    12-17-2020, 02:32 PM
    I suspect that they are the same fluorocarbon strings that come on the Opios (same factory) which would mean the same fluorocarbons that come on...
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Mainly a concert player.

Beansprout alto (myrtle) | Martin Konter | Kala Elite Soprano | Rebel Double Cream mango concert
KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2 (special) | Kanile'a K-1 C
Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

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