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  1. I've been playing and performing music over 45...

    I've been playing and performing music over 45 years now. The more I learn, the easier it becomes to learn more.

    For me, I don't "know" a song until I can perform it publicly from memory (words,...
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    One reason to use a strap. When I play out I...

    One reason to use a strap. When I play out I stand, and a strap lets me play without pinning an instrument against my body, so it sounds better, I'm more relaxed, etc.

    Playing with a properly...
  3. I think it helps my playing a lot to switch...

    I think it helps my playing a lot to switch things up. I really started progressing in guitar and fiddle when I started playing mandolin. I'm regularly playing my Martin HD-28, an Eastman arch top, a...
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    I started violin at 10 and guitar (and bluegrass...

    I started violin at 10 and guitar (and bluegrass fiddle) at 13. At that stage of life I could throw all my effort into things, and I was pretty hooked on both instruments right away.

    Many years...
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    Not Converted Yet.....

    I'm a multi-instrumentalist from way (over 40 years) back who recently (beginning of this year) started playing ukulele. I also play violin, viola, guitar, mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin and...
  6. Like the guy with more than one watch, I never...

    Like the guy with more than one watch, I never know exactly what the real RH is.

    I have an Extech digital hygrometer/thermometer combo. The airecare has a readout from it's built-in unit. I also...
  7. I live in the arid western US. I have 23...

    I live in the arid western US. I have 23 stringed instruments hanging on the wall in my climate controlled music room. I have an airecare cool mist wicking filter humidifier that cycles on and off...
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    Am I the only one that noticed you're comparing a...

    Am I the only one that noticed you're comparing a 1920's Martin built in America concert uke a century ago to a recently built in Mexico tenor? Likely different woods, different glues, etc.?

    I...
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    I do this (attach one end of the strap to the...

    I do this (attach one end of the strap to the headstock, just above the nut) with a Lakota Leathers mandolin strap. I normally install tailblock and heel buttons on all my guitars, but there's not...
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    I've used these Stew-Mac buttons...

    I've used these Stew-Mac buttons on a lot of instruments. The snakewood one matches my Martin T1K nicely.
  11. I also just recently started ukulele, so I have...

    I also just recently started ukulele, so I have no "pre-pandemic uke life."

    But....I've been a musician for over 47 years now. Playing music with other people is my favorite thing to do, and I've...
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    Well not just today, but in the couple weeks...

    Well not just today, but in the couple weeks since I got my Martin T1K I added a Waverly snakewood strap button (and Lakota Leathers mandolin strap - perfect fit), a JJB soundboard transducer with...
  13. Thread: New Old Guy

    by mandobart
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    Welcome! I'm also new to uke and this site. ...

    Welcome! I'm also new to uke and this site. Free advice to someone who's never played a stringed instrument:

    Your fretting hand fingers move a lot. Maybe your strumming/picking fingers do too. ...
  14. I love to listen to and play gypsy jazz. I have...

    I love to listen to and play gypsy jazz. I have an Altamira Sel-Mac copy (grand bouche). I'm also a violin and mandolin player. Sometimes I can talk my bluegrass club into jamming on Gypsy Bossa.
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    I'm new to uke, not at all new to stringed...

    I'm new to uke, not at all new to stringed instruments. Compared to guitars, banjos, mandolins and fiddles, all ukuleles are dirt cheap. I've learned many years ago that cheapie-cheap instruments...
  16. I read lots of similar complaints on a major...

    I read lots of similar complaints on a major guitar forum. On a nut that's close to 1-3/4" wide people moan about a difference of 1/64"! Interestingly this hardly ever comes up on the fiddle or...
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    Mandolin is my main instrument (along with...

    Mandolin is my main instrument (along with mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello, banjolin, resonator mandolin).....

    There are two main factors driving mandolin cost:

    1. Market share. There...
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    I order a lot of tuners, parts, tools and glue...

    I order a lot of tuners, parts, tools and glue from Stew-Mac, but never enough to make it worth the membership.
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    I've installed JJB pickups in dozens of...

    I've installed JJB pickups in dozens of instruments - fiddles, mandolins, resonators, banjos, guitars, upright bass....and my new Martin T1K tenor uke.

    This is the one I installed in my uke. I...
  20. Almost 1/8". What's 1/8"? About the diameter of...

    Almost 1/8". What's 1/8"? About the diameter of a mini stereo cable plug, the kind that you used to have with your phone or aux port on your car's sound system, before Bluetooth took over.
  21. Coming to uke as a Multi-instrumentalist

    I'm new to ukulele and this forum. I've played many stringed instruments for many years - violin, viola, mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, mandocello, guitar, resonators, banjo hybrids, etc.
    ...
  22. Thread: New old guy

    by mandobart
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    I haven't left mandolincafe! Or AGF, or fiddle...

    I haven't left mandolincafe! Or AGF, or fiddle forum, or reso hangout, etc. Just branching out.
  23. Thread: New old guy

    by mandobart
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    Yes. I'm in Benton county. Very dry. Nearly no...

    Yes. I'm in Benton county. Very dry. Nearly no precipitation. But I'm at the confluence of three big rivers that collectively drain all the rain and snow between the Cascades and Rockies. So...
  24. Thread: New old guy

    by mandobart
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    New old guy

    Hi everyone. I just got my first uke, a Martin T1K from Mim's. I've played stringed instruments for 47 years, starting with violin, then adding acoustic guitar, electric bass, bluegrass fiddle, all...
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