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    Hands down favorite is the theme for The Green...

    Hands down favorite is the theme for The Green Hornet by Al Hirt.


    https://youtu.be/3zXx0ReqOOI
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    The only strings I can think of that would...

    The only strings I can think of that would “suffer” from being stored and not used immediately would be Aquila’s new Gut strings. Since these aren’t synthetic material, they are supposed to have a...
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    Hard to say with the resolution; it may just be...

    Hard to say with the resolution; it may just be glare/lighting on some super figured wood.

    My first thought (if an inlay) was flowing lava...
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    Super tenor size, but I’m guessing (more hoping)...

    Super tenor size, but I’m guessing (more hoping) it uses some interesting wood?
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    I thought it was the artist protesting his work...

    I thought it was the artist protesting his work being sold? I guess I don’t have a good grasp on his ideology, but I thought the point of it was to be accessible to the public, not in someone’s...
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    This thread has been fun to follow. Just one...

    This thread has been fun to follow.

    Just one thought about this art: how great would it be to see a MBU sell at auction, only to self-immolate or destruct a la the Banksy that had a...
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    To clarify, I installed the UPTs just fine...

    To clarify, I installed the UPTs just fine (bought the right hole reamer from StewMac), and they are properly seated and straight. The “amateur” aspect I refer to above is simply the cosmetic...
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    FS: Kamaka White Label Soprano

    Selling this lovely little Kamaka soprano. My best estimate for age is it was built in the 1970s, but it is hard to say for certain.

    When I acquired it, it had two repaired/stable cracks in the...
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    FS: Ohana SK-30L (tenor scale soprano)

    Iím the original owner of this lovely B-Stock Ohana, purchased from Mim.

    Mahogany body, tenor scale on a soprano size body. Top and back are each one solid piece, and sides are bent from one long...
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    Culling the herd

    Life has pulled me away from the ukulele universe (better for my wallet and domestic bliss), and as such I havenít been playing several in my collection. Iíll be posting individual listings in the...
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    I like the look of the slotted headstock, and...

    I like the look of the slotted headstock, and don't find string changing to be all that difficult.

    Great demo video for restringing here: https://youtu.be/M-eqwZmlVpQ
    Skip to ~14:15 for the...
  14. As someone who also was drawn in by the allure of...

    As someone who also was drawn in by the allure of buying my first uke on Maui, and ended up with a Mele koa tenor, I’d hold off and do some more research.

    The instruments are good and well made,...
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    Skip the gimmicks; there is no shortcut to...

    Skip the gimmicks; there is no shortcut to practicing here. Practice is just that, and while it doesn’t have to be “boring”, creating distractions like playing along with slowed down audio isn’t...
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    Invest in a real metronome, not an app. A good...

    Invest in a real metronome, not an app. A good one isn’t expensive, will last years, and is quicker to set up than some app you have to open and fiddle around with.

    I recommend tapping with your...
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    Not sure if this matters for instrument building,...

    Not sure if this matters for instrument building, but red oak tends to be more porous vs white oak, which is why the latter is used for making wine/spirits barrels.
  18. Thread: Kala Ukes

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    My apologies for creating that doubt or...

    My apologies for creating that doubt or suspicion. I’ve edited my original post, and hopefully it clears things up.

    In no way did I intend to allege any wrongdoing on Kala’s part. I just don’t...
  19. Thread: Kala Ukes

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    My personal experience dealing with the folks in...

    My personal experience dealing with the folks in the office is what has colored my view of the company. They talked the talk, but weren’t walking the walk of a company that really cares about what...
  20. Thread: Kala Ukes

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    My own personal problems with the company have...

    My own personal problems with the company have precluded me from ever buying their products, or recommending them to others with any earnestness.

    For the money, I’d rather have a Kiwaya laminate...
  21. Thread: F# vs Gb

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    Agreed. I have been known to be a contrarian for...

    Agreed. I have been known to be a contrarian for the sake of argument. :p
  22. Thread: F# vs Gb

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    I beg to differ. The key of G# Major would have...

    I beg to differ. The key of G# Major would have six sharps and one double-sharp, which is notated as a fancy ‘x’ (Fx in this case).

    Just because a key is impractical to look at or think of in...
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    Don’t get me wrong, my Mele was great! Just not...

    Don’t get me wrong, my Mele was great! Just not my forever uke.

    I’ve yet to play a current Kamaka or a made in Hawaii KoAloha, so I don’t think I can make a fair comparison against the Kanile‘a...
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    Loving Cedar and Cypress tops with very hard...

    Loving Cedar and Cypress tops with very hard body. If I could get my hands on a Light Bird, I would be pretty happy.

    And a custom build from Michael Smith at Goat Rock Ukulele using CA native...
  25. Thread: Sales Tax

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    Please don’t lump us all in with Comrade Cheeto....

    Please don’t lump us all in with Comrade Cheeto. I think many of us would love to have a simpler tax system that also helps to benefit the citizens by paying for social services. The problem is...
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