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    No measurements but herman vandecauter plays a...

    No measurements but herman vandecauter plays a nylon strung rajao and there's some nice closeups of the instrument. Plus, he's into using it for Baroque guitar repertoire. His YouTube channel is...
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    Patreon is common on YouTube music channels even...

    Patreon is common on YouTube music channels even for those with tens of thousands of subscribers. Unlike food, toy and makeup blogs, ad revenue is meager for musicians to say the least. In my...
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    According to Andrew at HMS, the pickup in the...

    According to Andrew at HMS, the pickup in the Leolani is an udersaddle type. The black doodad lodged in the sound hole is the effects unit and control surface. Ukulele players tend to strum over the...
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    I've used Finale for many years and have gotten...

    I've used Finale for many years and have gotten so I can play it like a piano! And, yeah, it does ukulele and guitar tabs like a champ, including altered tunings and custom courses (e.g., 7-or 8-...
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    I too thought the thrust rod was overkill....

    I too thought the thrust rod was overkill. However, my old Pono MT-E needed a wee more neck relief after 6 or 7 years and a change to a different type of strings. About a quarter turn and I was good...
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    All my leather straps squeaked when new. Doesn't...

    All my leather straps squeaked when new. Doesn't matter on an amped up guitar but can be bothersome for acoustic playing and especially recording. With that said, I'm squeak free if I hold perfectly...
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    I like Pono: they're a great middle of the road...

    I like Pono: they're a great middle of the road production ukulele. You get a lot for your money and quality is very consistent. Yes, they are a little on the heavy side—some even have thrust rods...
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    I'm a purely an instrumentalist, playing self...

    I'm a purely an instrumentalist, playing self contained solos mixing melody and chords (strums and arpeggios) and single line soloing over changes. I don't sing at all, so not much need for pure...
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    Looks like the owner stored it on the couch and,...

    Looks like the owner stored it on the couch and, late one night, forgot it was there and sat on it.
  10. Move to downtown Honolulu, mere blocks from the...

    Move to downtown Honolulu, mere blocks from the Kamaka shop and showroom. And, if that doesn't do it for you, TheUkuleleSite (HMS) is two blocks away.
  11. Some form of a tenor ukulele has been reinvented...

    Some form of a tenor ukulele has been reinvented a number of times during the past 500 years. The earliest "tenor" I could find seems to be the Renaissance guitar with about a 19" scale, 4 courses...
  12. Cool, albeit I'd rather my house was set back a...

    Cool, albeit I'd rather my house was set back a wee bit more in case a neighbor pilot goes sideways on the landing.
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    I need 1.5" and wouldn't mind a wee bit wider if...

    I need 1.5" and wouldn't mind a wee bit wider if the extra space is used below the first string so I can vibrato, bend and do slurs without pulling the string off the fret.
  14. If the concert feels cramped, try something...

    If the concert feels cramped, try something larger like a baritone or tenor ukulele. I'm a classical guitarist and had a heck of a time adjusting my hand down to ukulele. It took me 6 months or so to...
  15. I jump between radius fretboards and non-radius...

    I jump between radius fretboards and non-radius fretboards on my guitars and ukuleles and it doesn't have any impact on my sound or technique. The action and size of the fingerboard and, to a lessor...
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    I greatly prefer a traditional tie block bridge...

    I greatly prefer a traditional tie block bridge on my classical guitars and ukuleles. I own two string through bridge guitars and two ukuleles and it takes me two to three times longer to change the...
  17. I own a couple instruments where the interior...

    I own a couple instruments where the interior wood is sealed. Indeed, they are great for travel and gigs as they are very consistent and don't change much with weather conditions. Of course, if your...
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    Such a lesson applies to nearly everything in...

    Such a lesson applies to nearly everything in life. Too often we focus on acquisitions and goals and don't realize or appreciate that everything we need is already there...
  19. Methinks we're but a puff 'o smoke in the global...

    Methinks we're but a puff 'o smoke in the global swirl of economic activity surrounding the 'ukulele. I seem to recall Kala sold something like 5 million 'ukuleles in 2018. Don't think we had much to...
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    To me the "classic" 'uku timbre is that of a...

    To me the "classic" 'uku timbre is that of a simple all solid mahogany instrument: sweet and rich midrange and optimized for flesh strums over the fingerboard. Not the best for using nails or...
  21. This Spring the son of one of my students sat on...

    This Spring the son of one of my students sat on his new Cordoba ukulele and cracked the top in a manner similar to the OP (never leave uku unattended on a couch!). He took it a local tech and the...
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    They really pulled out all th stops on this one:...

    They really pulled out all th stops on this one: drones, multiple cameras, outboard sound. Plus, really tough hike up to the ridge. Tobias is great! I don't think I could actually play once I got up...
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    Depends on your technique. I've seen some players...

    Depends on your technique. I've seen some players engrave pick lines across their soundboard on day one of ownership. Others go for decades without a nick. Albeit it would take massive determination...
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    Ringlights are all the rage for video blogs on...

    Ringlights are all the rage for video blogs on YouTube, especially makeup and beauty stuff. Back in the day they were much smaller—mounted on the camera lens—and mainly used for macro photography due...
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    I think a more playable approach would be a...

    I think a more playable approach would be a double nut like a baroque lute or some 10 and 11 string guitars: extended scale length for the bass but no wacky frets. This guitar has 5 nuts!

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