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    I went on the Koaloha factory tour in Honolulu a...

    I went on the Koaloha factory tour in Honolulu a couple of years ago and I could see the Seaguar Blue labels on the spools of string they were using. Are these the same strings as back then or have...
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    Kanilea and Kamaka both sound great. When I see...

    Kanilea and Kamaka both sound great. When I see professional ukulele players in concert, they are playing one of these brands more often than any other brand. They do have different shaped necks, so...
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    Also on koaloha.com . Prices start at $190 for...

    Also on koaloha.com . Prices start at $190 for the soprano (all-laminate with gloss finish). In comparison, Kanilea Islander all-laminate ukuleles start at $150 (list price), though the finish isn't...
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    My Mexico-made S1 and C1K look and sound great...

    My Mexico-made S1 and C1K look and sound great for the price to me. They don't have real fancy finishes like the US-made Martins, but that is the tradeoff at that price level. My local music store...
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    The TUSL is 2.5 inches longer than most soprano...

    The TUSL is 2.5 inches longer than most soprano ukuleles. It fits in none of the soprano cases or gig bags that I already own.
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    Here's the lyrics to the IZ ukulele version of...

    Here's the lyrics to the IZ ukulele version of this song: https://genius.com/Israel-kamakawiwoole-take-me-home-country-road-lyrics
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    The flight bag is 10 inches wide, but the TUSL is...

    The flight bag is 10 inches wide, but the TUSL is only 7 inches wide, so it will be swimming in that thing. There must be a better fitting reasonably priced bag out there?
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    Unfortunately, that bag costs as much as the...

    Unfortunately, that bag costs as much as the ukulele. Anyone have a suggestion for close fitting long-neck soprano padded gig bag that costs under $20? Doesn't have to be pro quality.
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    Thanks for the review. Always nice to hear the...

    Thanks for the review. Always nice to hear the opinions of players who have experience with several different ukuleles.
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    I bought one of these last week, actually the...

    I bought one of these last week, actually the TUSL-50 model that has the wood grain soundboard.

    Hate the white strings that it came with. They are thick and stiff and sound shrill when I played...
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    Hawaii-made koa ukuleles usually come with...

    Hawaii-made koa ukuleles usually come with high-gloss finishes these days, which does darken the wood. I have a 1970s koa Kamaka with a satin finish that is similar in color to my Martin C1K.
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    Plastic ukulele necks are often hollow. Even if...

    Plastic ukulele necks are often hollow. Even if the plastic is thick enough, I would worry about a drill bit designed for wood causing the plastic to split.
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    I am dubious that the "30% carbon fibre" is much...

    I am dubious that the "30% carbon fibre" is much more than a marketing gimmick. Same goes for the carbon fibre Outdoor ukulele (supposedly also 30%).

    Regarding the Transacoustic system, I wouldn't...
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    Practice switching between a few popular chord...

    Practice switching between a few popular chord shapes without strumming. Most beginners need to build up finger strength and flexibility.
  15. Have you heard of Ukulele Underground?...

    Have you heard of Ukulele Underground? https://ukuleleunderground.com/
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    The Kala website says discontinued, so I guess it...

    The Kala website says discontinued, so I guess it is true. They still have the KA-15SLNG (simpler model for a lower price) and KA-SSLNG (slightly more expensive with much better sound quality).
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    There's a review here:...

    There's a review here: https://www.gotaukulele.com/2019/01/shima-js-jake-shimabukuro-wideneck.html
    I have seen these in a couple of stores and tried it for a few minutes. It does have a wider...
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    Aliexpress price is US$614. Estimated delivery...

    Aliexpress price is US$614. Estimated delivery March 13. I have no idea if this vendor is legit. https://www.aliexpress.com/i/4000297590713.html
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    Standard Kamaka strings are black nylon. I...

    Standard Kamaka strings are black nylon. I thought Koolau usually came with fluorocarbons, but the previous owner of that one may have had different preferences.
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    Like this one: https://worldofukes.co.uk/soprano-ukuleles/famous-by-kiwaya-fs-5-soprano-ukulele
    "Kiwaya are particularly know for is the brilliance of their laminates. They’re super-strong, yet...
  21. Do these comments also apply to the Kiwaya's HPL...

    Do these comments also apply to the Kiwaya's HPL ukuleles? The grain on those looks a lot more detailed than the Martin or Enya HPL instruments.
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    My mom bought a Leolani ukulele from Costco 15...

    My mom bought a Leolani ukulele from Costco 15 years ago. It is still going strong. Quality is comparable to Kala for the price, but it has the wider neck that is popular in Hawaii.

    In the past,...
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    Don't forget Martin. They have a nice solid koa...

    Don't forget Martin. They have a nice solid koa concert ukulele for around $500. If you want a more exotic look, Rebel has some interesting ukuleles in that price range. Pono is another popular...
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    I think some of the laminate Kiwaya and Famous...

    I think some of the laminate Kiwaya and Famous models are very similar. Famous FS-1 vs Kiwaya KS-1, etc.
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    I store my nice ukuleles in wood or ABS plastic...

    I store my nice ukuleles in wood or ABS plastic hard cases. These "carrying cases" are much lighter weight than the old wood cases and I can understand that some people have trouble with the weight...
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