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    Today, 07:01 AM
    Down Up Dick replied to a thread Keep it forever? in Uke Talk
    Graham, you’re probably right, but I just don’t wanna be bothered with fussy, mind changing people. Also, some of the stuff that I have to sell or...
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    Today, 06:53 AM
    I ordered a banjo from Elderly and made a one digit mistake on the order, so they sent me the wrong one. I called them and cried on their shoulder,...
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    Today, 06:50 AM
    I have had the opposite results, playing a 1-1/2" nut width with a strap and it helped me. The beauty of a strap, for me anyways, is it frees my hand...
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    Today, 04:09 AM
    Down Up Dick replied to a thread Keep it forever? in Uke Talk
    In my younger days I sold or traded stuff to people and had nothin’ but trouble doin’ it. They weren’t happy with it or were angry that I charged...
    33 replies | 2266 view(s)
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    Yesterday, 08:54 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread How do you listen to music? in Uke Talk
    I listen to music and videos through JBL LSR 305 professional studio monitors (speakers), Audio Technica ATH-M50 headphones, or a Corsair Gaming VOID...
    24 replies | 487 view(s)
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    Yesterday, 05:01 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Keep it forever? in Uke Talk
    I've gone back and forth on that question a few times, and my preferences have changed several times, and they might again as I continue on this...
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    Yesterday, 03:16 PM
    For those who use the DGBE baritone version of the Sugar strings, is the B string thicker than the B string in the Reds set? Or in the Martin set?...
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    Yesterday, 03:01 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Guitar$ vs Ukes in Uke Talk
    I would argue that 30k guitars are chiefly made for collectors and "amateurs". I don't know many working musicians who play 30k guitars, especially...
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    Yesterday, 01:29 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Guitar$ vs Ukes in Uke Talk
    Curiously, though, when you look at entry and early mid range models, guitars often come with more bling (abalone inlays, etc).
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    Yesterday, 01:25 PM
    Thanks, Rainer, good to hear from you. :) Yep, that baritone was an instrument I should never have sold. I was thrilled when Lars offered it to me...
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    Yesterday, 01:15 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Ukulele Cases in Uke Talk
    It depends a bit on the gig bag, but yes, probably. As Jerry suggested, I'd check with HMS or one of the other reputable dealers, they'll pick...
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    Yesterday, 12:27 PM
    DownUpDave replied to a thread Guitar$ vs Ukes in Uke Talk
    If we take the big three K brand ukuleles a Kamaka, Kanilea or Koaloha tenor will run between $1100 - $1300. If we take the big three guitars,...
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  • Rakelele's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:28 AM
    Welcome back to the forum, Mivo. Glad to hear that you got this wonderful baritone back!
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  • DownUpDave's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:26 AM
    There is a huge demand for vintage "Experienced" guitars. Martins and Gibsons that have been played in for 40 or 50 years sell for more than new...
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    Yesterday, 01:10 AM
    I've always been worried about using sound hole straps out of fear that they may damage the instrument, especially with a thin top. This is probably...
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    06-20-2018, 09:56 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Good Ukulele Dealers in Uke Talk
    Yep, they don't do any setups and probably don't look at what they sell. I bought a banjo there and the manufacturer's box had not even been opened...
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    06-20-2018, 06:12 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread 1st Uke for under $80? in Buying Tips
    Neither, really. Both have laminated tops. What's the cheapest one they have with a solid top?
    22 replies | 415 view(s)
  • Mivo's Avatar
    06-20-2018, 06:05 PM
    Still more than I think I need! Three sopranos (1920s Washburn, Famous/Kiwaya FS-5G, koa Black Bear), a Stagg concert (my first proper ukulele), a...
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    06-20-2018, 05:27 PM
    Very true. I'd have gone through fewer instruments if I had been able to try them out before purchasing them. Watching videos helps, but it's not a...
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    06-20-2018, 04:53 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Talk to Me about Dead Notes in Uke Talk
    I've had this issue with a tenor, also the #D note on the C string. What helped was using a wound C string, but the quicker decay didn't entirely go...
    21 replies | 930 view(s)
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    06-20-2018, 04:40 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Tried the Anuenue UT200 in Uke Talk
    I owned the concert version of the Moonbird for a while, and it was an exceptional instrument. Craftsmanship, sound, materials, playability, sound...
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    06-20-2018, 04:18 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Baritone Strings in Uke Talk
    Has anyone tried Aquila's new Sugar strings on a baritone?
    15 replies | 553 view(s)
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    06-20-2018, 04:08 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Sometimes unappreicated in Uke Talk
    I'd sure like one of those! Harder to find in Europe, though. The other day I hit eBay Germany and there wasn't a single used baritone, let alone a...
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    06-20-2018, 04:05 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Why Do You Buy? in Uke Talk
    For me, it's almost exclusively playability and sound. Quality of sound is hard to quantify, but I look for clarity and volume, and just a sound that...
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    06-20-2018, 03:26 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Ukulele Cases in Uke Talk
    Most of my ukes have a hard case, but they came with the instruments or I ordered them together with the ukuleles to ensure that they would fit. I...
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    06-20-2018, 02:57 PM
    Mivo replied to a thread Good Ukulele Dealers in Uke Talk
    I can also vouch for both of these, and have bought instrument from them. They were also happy to answer questions and give candid advice on...
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    06-20-2018, 02:49 PM
    For me, ukulele is easier to play than guitar, or at least more comfortable and more relaxed. I suppose a guitar is more complex, but that doesn't...
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    06-20-2018, 06:31 AM
    DownUpDave replied to a thread Which to choose? in Uke Talk
    Yes........all of the above depending on my mood:p
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  • Mivo's Avatar
    06-20-2018, 02:14 AM
    OK, you were right. I bought back my Pono baritone from the person I had sold it to! Perfect condition still too, and sounding wonderful. Should...
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  • DownUpDave's Avatar
    06-20-2018, 12:20 AM
    Well seeing as you asked........I would not go with that back. The "spots" just don't do it for me. But it is your instrument so you should go with...
    14 replies | 438 view(s)
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This is a good place to list my ukuleles! Sopranos: 1920s Lyon&Healy (mahogany, D), Black Bear (koa, C), Famous FS-5G (lam. koa, C), concerts: aNueNue Moon Bird (spruce, rosewood, C), Deering Goodtime Banjo Ukulele/Banjolele (C), Stagg UC-80S (mahogany, C), tenors: Barron River (cypress, low-G C), ukuMele (acacia, Bb), and a parlor guitar: Alvarez AP70 (spruce, G).
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