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    As far as I know the purpose of a solid-body uke...

    As far as I know the purpose of a solid-body uke is pretty basic. I think it it just simpler to build, and if you're mainly going to play it amplified via the pickup, it's not going to sound that...
  2. I second Mim. My favorite tenor overall is my...

    I second Mim.

    My favorite tenor overall is my customized wunderkammer tenor with 12 frets to the body. I actually prefer mahogany to koa as well. Anyway, with that disclaimer, the koaloha tenor...
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    I think that might be true. I think that it can...

    I think that might be true. I think that it can also amplify string noise, which can throw you off.
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    I have zero ukes with pickups. I also haven't...

    I have zero ukes with pickups. I also haven't played out in a while. But notably, at the period of time when I played out a lot, I had ukes with pickups. I had thought that playing with a louder uke...
  5. Interesting responses. I guess my (possibly...

    Interesting responses. I guess my (possibly incorrect) thought was that as carbons age, they start to sound less bright and less loud, and I was referring to that as sounding more like nylon.
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    Nice. Cordobas are a good value imo. They don't...

    Nice. Cordobas are a good value imo. They don't tend to be the loudest but in my experience they have even volume and an overall good tone, and also a comfortable neck. That's more than I can say...
  7. Do fluorocarbon strings start to sound more like nylons after a while?

    Is it just me, or do fluorocarbon strings start to sound a bit more like nylons after you play them for a while?

    Time is hard to pin down as the amount of time you spend actually playing the uke...
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    I like Bb more. To my ears it suits the "big"...

    I like Bb more. To my ears it suits the "big" sound of the tenor more.
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    This thread has been frustrating but also...

    This thread has been frustrating but also entertaining to read. It makes me appreciate how fortunate I am to have a (minor) background in music. And by minor I mean minor. I played piano for a while...
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    Very cool to see this. I bet this uke is going to...

    Very cool to see this. I bet this uke is going to be very glamorous and LOUD! Hope to see images and hear audio of it when it's done.
  11. Thread: Bruko questions

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    I've never played a flat bruko before but if you...

    I've never played a flat bruko before but if you haven't yet checked out this video from Peter Forrest, I recommend it.
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    Harmony Johnny Marvin on ebay

    I am selling this Harmony Johnny Marvin on ebay if anyone is interested. I bought it for $600. It's actually in very good shape. Bridge not lifting, has original wooden bridge pins too. Only reason...
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    My preference is 1.5 inches width at the nut. I...

    My preference is 1.5 inches width at the nut. I haven't figured out what my ideal neck shape is but I think it is the "c" shape. Neck shape is tough to figure out because there's even more that goes...
  14. I haven’t played a baritone with frictions but it...

    I haven’t played a baritone with frictions but it might be tougher to use frictions due to the string tension. But I wouldn’t be surprised if once the strings settle it starts to feel normal!
  15. Thanks folks! Really appreciate the support &...

    Thanks folks! Really appreciate the support & feedback!
  16. Check out some articles on my blog/site, BennyUkes.blogspot.com

    I've been writing a blog about ukes. I honestly thought of it after beginning to write several forum posts and realizing that they seemed too long for the forum.

    Here are two posts that I'm...
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    Thanks to everybody who replied here! I have a...

    Thanks to everybody who replied here! I have a follow up related question that I was thinking of starting a new thread about but I think I might as well just put it here.

    I was wondering if my...
  18. Good videos, Jim. Your explanations of what...

    Good videos, Jim. Your explanations of what you're doing are compelling and I did not once do the common habit of fast forwarding to the music parts. :)
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    Ukuleles with 14-inch scale?

    Does anybody know of any ukuleles (either soprano or concert) with a 14-inch scale other than the Harmony Vita-uke?

    It's a scale length that I kind of like but the old Harmony Vita-uke is the only...
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    WTB Sapele Soprano Koaloha Opio

    Anybody have a koaloha Opio soprano made of sapele (not acacia, not spruce)
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    question about 2 keiki kamakas on ebay

    Just saw two new postings (from Japan) of Keiki Kamakas on ebay. Does anybody know the differences (other than visual) between the darker colored ones and the lighter colored ones?
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    Replying to bump

    Replying to bump
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    Anyway thanks to everyone who replied! As a...

    Anyway thanks to everyone who replied!

    As a "lightness fiend" I am glad that I just bought one of the lightest ukes there is & you all helped to direct me toward it.
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    I went out to a store that had an Opio, thinking...

    I went out to a store that had an Opio, thinking that I'd play it and if I liked the feel of it, I'd buy a Koaloha online.

    Turned out that the store actually did have a Koaloha. I played it and it...
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    That is basically how I've been thinking! It just...

    That is basically how I've been thinking! It just so happens that the only uke I can try in the wild near me is an Opio. Appreciating everybody's advice so far.
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