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    Thanks for clarification. I pick with flesh of...

    Thanks for clarification. I pick with flesh of fingertips on New Nylgut and Super Nylgut and haven't noticed anything, but I am not virtuoso player for sure.
  2. Thanks I don't get the edit button, maybe because...

    Thanks I don't get the edit button, maybe because I am looking at this with a cell phone browser, or do you need an account and sign in?
  3. After looking at some more songs that I am...

    After looking at some more songs that I am familiar with I must conclude that these are Jim's interpretations and simplifications, even lyrics of some songs are different from versions that are...
  4. Thank you. That is a nice site I was not aware of...

    Thank you. That is a nice site I was not aware of it and bookmarked it. When I checked out some random songs it looked like the chords for regular uke and baritone were the same and just the...
  5. The wood is quite secondary to the overall design...

    The wood is quite secondary to the overall design in affecting sound. As you are used to a Hawaiian built uke you will perceive a mass produced Kala or Ohana as a major step back, though it might be...
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    Probably the best way to reduce cost is to go...

    Probably the best way to reduce cost is to go with the luthiers stock model and woods he has readily available. That's what they do best and anything "Special" will not only add cost but may also...
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    It will also depend on the wood. Ebony is quite...

    It will also depend on the wood. Ebony is quite dense so an ebony fingerboard will be heavier at same thickness than those before made of most other materials. I found this very noticeable when I...
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    If protection like hardwood bindings etc is...

    If protection like hardwood bindings etc is needed also depends on wood choices. These bindings are usually there to protect softwood tops, and traditional ukes with hardwood tops rarely have binding.
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    With guitars it's usually poor technique where...

    With guitars it's usually poor technique where people don't lift their left hand fingers off properly, or coated strings, and of course most audible for combinations of this. I think I had some...
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    I would talk to the luthiers first to see what...

    I would talk to the luthiers first to see what they have on the menu. If it is a small shop the number of options may be quite limited. With slotted headstock I would be careful, as some like the...
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    Are the concert strings thicker or thinner than...

    Are the concert strings thicker or thinner than the tenor strings? This info is more important than the label. If they are thicker then tension will be higher, if they are thinner then tension be...
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    That makes sense. These string brands don't...

    That makes sense. These string brands don't manufacture but package and market their strings. For wound strings we can expect that they use some main brand product. It may be helpful if someone could...
  13. The catch with uke comparisons is often that it's...

    The catch with uke comparisons is often that it's just different ukes and we can't really know if differences are just between the individual ukes, or if those individual ukes are actually...
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    I had the soprano tuned up to D for several weeks...

    I had the soprano tuned up to D for several weeks and once I decided to donate it I tuned it back down and didn't notice any difference. It had Titanium strings and they took some time to settle into...
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    I owned a soprano only for a few months and had...

    I owned a soprano only for a few months and had to tune it up to make it enjoyable. I assume that the lower tunings became popular as larger uke sizes were introduced, and rather than having a...
  16. It depends on what you want to accomplish....

    It depends on what you want to accomplish. Traditionally ukes are made of hardwood only, so if you put a soft wood top on it may deviate from traditional ukulele design and become more like other...
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    I have different kind of Aquila strings on most...

    I have different kind of Aquila strings on most of my ukes and have not noticed any squeakiness at all. Usually noises like this are a result of technique, and responsive instruments or strings tend...
  18. Maybe there is a a way if significant CHANGES to...

    Maybe there is a a way if significant CHANGES to sound as a response to excessive vibration can be measured in a scientific way. If these potential changes are an improvement is a completely...
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    One of the terms used in these threads is...

    One of the terms used in these threads is improvement. So if someone bought an instrument and they don't like it they may try many things to improve it from changing strings and little parts to more...
  20. What a cool uke. I think this is the only Kamaka...

    What a cool uke. I think this is the only Kamaka Artist signature model that I am aware off. Interestingly in most videos of Ohta San and also his appearance on Sunday at the festival he seems to...
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    As I mentioned earlier the idea of greater...

    As I mentioned earlier the idea of greater tension is probably a good approach. In this situation I would select the thickest fluorocarbon strings I could find. For example one can put a custom set...
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    I am not sure if adding a low G to a laminate...

    I am not sure if adding a low G to a laminate concert will bring more useful volume. I would expect this to sound like a little thump in a situation where you likely wish for more high frequencies.
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    Exotic wood like ebony or zebrawood is used for...

    Exotic wood like ebony or zebrawood is used for decoration of the laminate only and it has absolutely NO effect on the volume of the uke. But yes, changing to higher tension strings may help.
  24. Just for looks.

    Just for looks.
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    It was reviewed a few years ago and got a good...

    It was reviewed a few years ago and got a good score. But I think they switched the fingerboard to Sipo which for me would be a huge drop in value. If you can find one with Rosewood fingerboard it...
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